Join Date: May 2013
Location: houston, tx USA
Two Part Starter Issue
So this has two issues, I'll break them up:
1) Over the past few months, my 2008 250r has been sitting in the garage. When I returned to it last week, the bike unsurprisingly had issues starting. When the starter button is pushed, the motorcycle cranks but doesn't actually start. So for good measure, I did a carb clean (the carbs were pretty clean and had minimal gunk in the float bowls when I got to them, cleaned them out anyway), replaced the spark plugs, and replaced the battery. Checked the hoses and fuel filter, all clean. The bike still cranks with no start. I noticed that the new spark plugs I installed smelled of gasoline, so that's a indication that gas is getting pulled through the carbs, isn't it? What gives?
2) Second issue that I encountered during the process of issue #1: After several tries of cranking the bike to no avail, the battery must have lost its charge as a consequence. I then charged the battery, put it back into the bike, press the start button, then I hear a noticeable "pop" as it struggles to crank. I release the start button, press it again, and now it doesn't even crank but instead produces a "whirring" sound. Did the starter solenoid blow out? The fuse? What happened?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!