Bud with a 1981 CBX in Palm Desert California

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Bud with a 1981 CBX in Palm Desert California

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Hello to all,
I am a proud owner of a 1981 CBX. Purchased it 2 years ago and finally getting a chance to ride. Had several CB 750s in the past but this bike......wow.
I remember when my older brother purchased the first year Kawasaki 900 Z-1. What a great bike but this one takes the cake.
Will be leaning on you more experienced riders as I discover the need to know more about my bike.

Thanks in advance.

Bud from Palm Desert

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Welcome Bud! Lots to learn about your CBX and you came to a good place to do it. Our associated Facebook page is great too.

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Welcome! :text-welcomewave:
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:text-welcomewave: to the group Bud
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:text-welcomewave:

I ride my CBX to the dessert often, i'll look you up next time
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:text-welcomewave: To the group Bud.
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Thanks for the welcoming!
Got my 1981 CBX back on the road and it was great.
Thought I would change the spark plugs so I did.
Went to start it and there was a click and very little movement of the starter.
Battery is new and fully charged.
The click came out of the starter relay switch.
Historically I have had to push the starter button a couple of times to get the starter to work.

Any ideas on a fix? Did purchase another starter relay switch just waiting for delivery.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Bud

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Glad to hear from you again after a year and a half! You need to start with the basic stuff first - are battery connections and ground clean and tight. Are the connections on the solenoid the same? Starter connection tight? Then, is your battery in good shape? Then jump the two terminals on the solenoid with a screwdriver. If the starter turns normally, then you either have a bad solenoid or dirty starter button contacts. Take the right switch apart carefully and clean the 40 year-old grease out and shine up the contacts. Grease lightly with dielectric grease. Be careful - there are very small parts in there. Somewhere during all this you will find the problem.

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Thanks Dave!
Did all of that. Jumped across the starter relay and the sound is the same, the starter won't turn.
Think it is in the starter motor?

Bud

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Re: Bud with a 1981 CBX in Palm Desert California

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OK First, how did you tell if your battery is good? You must do a load test to be sure. That is the most likely culprit. Then - hate to say this, but pull the right crank cover and try to turn the engine by hand. Just making sure it's free and not locked up - surely not. Most likely then is the starter, a bit fiddly to pull out, but doable. They can be rebuilt or you can buy a rebuilt/aftermarket one.

Dave

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