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    Hi there,

    I have a problem with my motorcycle and am a new rider, need help!

    I put the key in and the dash lights and electrics seem to be working, full beam comes on, indicators, heated grips etc. However when i go to use the electric start (I don't have a kick start), the bike is silent. No noise no clicking, obviously no turning over just silence. Sometimes the button works, however recently it has been getting worse.

    Once the bike starts and has been running for a while the button works every time, but upon waking up in the morning and trying to get on it's stopped working almost completely.

    PLEASE HELP!

    Thanks,

    Brayden

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Flat battery.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    If it's been getting worse, then potentially dirty/poor contacts in the switch housing. Do you have any WD40 or other switch cleaner spray?

    Or . . . a dodgy 'kill' switch or sidestand cut-out switch? Similar spraying.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    Flat battery.
    Quote Originally Posted by BraydenQuinn View Post
    No noise no clicking
    If it was flat, or near as (with enough to run lights and heated grips), there would probably be a relay clicking to be heard.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    I'd be checking the side stand switch... followed by the handle bar kill switch and then the contacts in the starter switch.

    It could also be the starter relay.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    What those guys said, most likely corrosion or dirt in a switch.

    If you're confident doing so, unhook the battery, unscrew the right hand switch gear, and clean out the insides. Could be corrosion either on starting button or kill switch. When refitting it, be careful to line it up right on the locating pin.

    If you're less confident, blast the switches with wd40 or anything else you have handy, and work the switches til something happens.

    I've found a dead spider in there once years ago which was insulating between the contacts. Doesn't necessarily take much!

    If those ideas fail, spray sidestand switch and work it back and forth for same reason.

    Also: does the neutral light in the dash work? Does the headlight go out / dim when you press the starter button? These could change the diagnosis.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    I'd be checking the side stand switch... followed by the handle bar kill switch and then the contacts in the starter switch.

    It could also be the starter relay.
    Those would be my first points to check too. And if it's one of those where you have to pull the clutch in to start the bike, the clutch microswitch would also be worth a check.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    There's the auld shorting the correct terminals of the starter solenoid (or was the the starter itself?) with the jaws of a pair of (insulated!) pliers trick.

    I haven't done it in years though.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Quote Originally Posted by MyLittleStudPony View Post
    There's the auld shorting the correct terminals of the starter solenoid (or was the the starter itself?) with the jaws of a pair of (insulated!) pliers trick.

    I haven't done it in years though.
    Probably not a starter problem if the solenoid isn't clicking. Shorting a flylead from the battery to the solenoid input would tell if that was faulty, but doesn't really get you any further to identifying the various switches and interlocks otherwise.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Follow the wire from the start button. Disconnect it. Bridge the terminals in the bike sode of the loom with a piece of wire or a stout paper clip opened out. If the starter runs...its the switch. Report back.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    So i cleaned the electronic start button housing case out. I'm still having problems though, I have noticed once I try to bump start it, but it doesn't turn over - The electric start begins to work a bit better?

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    You need to start going through your wiring with a wiring diagram and a multimeter. Something is obviously making intermittent contact and unless you can identify what it is you'll just spend forever chasing symptoms. Check all the switches that people have mentioned and satisfy yourself they make and break when they are supposed to.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Quote Originally Posted by BraydenQuinn View Post
    So i cleaned the electronic start button housing case out. I'm still having problems though, I have noticed once I try to bump start it, but it doesn't turn over - The electric start begins to work a bit better?
    Sticking starter motor. Take it off the bike, open it, clean it up. If that's not enough, may need a rebuild kit or new motor.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER5 - Electric Start Button Unresponsive

    Quote Originally Posted by a_morti View Post
    Sticking starter motor. Take it off the bike, open it, clean it up. If that's not enough, may need a rebuild kit or new motor.
    I'm not sure we've established yet if voltage is getting through to the starter motor.

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