400 wonít start
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MP3 400 "Merlin"
Joined: 01 Jul 2012
Posts: 840
Location: Northwest Ohio
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:59 am quote
So we were out riding yesterday and everything seemed fine with the bike. We stopped 3-4 times, bike restarted fine. Then on the last stop, it wouldnít start. Doesnít eve turn over. Nothing.

I turned the key off and on, and all the dash lights came on as normal. But as soon as I pressed start, all the lights went out and nothing. Not a sound. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to hit the tilt lock before trying to start it a second time, before it completely died.

Iíd just changed the oil and cleaned the air filter the day before.

Dead battery? Blown fuse?

Itís currently sitting in a parking lot 50 miles from home until my husband can get back out there to jump it. I canít do anything until Thursday when I get home from the Cleveland Clinic. (Mom having surgery)

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 21298
Location: Harriman, Tennessee, Tn
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:29 am quote
yup sounds like a battery needs to be replaced.
The Hornet (GT200, aka Love Bug) and 'Dimples' - a GTS 300
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 37389
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:12 am quote
Sounds like the 'hidden fuse' has blown, or there's a very poor connection on the battery. Even a pretty duff battery should re-start the bike when warmed up after a run.
Joined: 06 Nov 2014
Posts: 271
Location: Uk rochdale
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:29 am quote
Could be the kill switch again. Just flip it on and off about 20 times. If only our lives could be fixed the same way.lol
Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 21 Nov 2017
Posts: 190
Location: Austin, TX
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:57 pm quote
To me, that sounds like the classic corrosion on the battery terminals. Tighten them up and you're off. Then when you get home, clean them with a wire brush and put some dielectric grease on them and tighten them up snug.
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