1996 Honda vt600 starting issue

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Dave

Creston, IA

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May 27, 2013
 
would love some input on this. the bike will always start if put on the battery charger for a few minutes ( battery is not down by much). if ridden a few miles it will start normally. once it sets for a while, it will not start again, without a "boost". I am aware it can be several things,voltage regulator,starter solinoid,etc. This is my better halfs bike, and as we are on a very fixed income, cannot just start replacing parts. If anyone has experienced similar problems, we would appreciate any help. most bikes when throttled up will cause the headlight to get brighter..we have noticed that is NOT the case with her bike. Like I stated, I know this can be caused by many problems and in a perfect world..lol...we could just begin replacing parts. Could be generator problem or even battery?
Charl

Apo, AE

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Jun 14, 2013
 
I own a 1996 VTX400. At one point I was replacing batteries on a yearly basis. She would run fine and start fine. The problem came in the winter. Bike would stand a couple of days, I'd pull her out to go to work early morning, being cold use the choke to fire her up. If she didn't start within the first two tries, the starter would start dragging from the third try and from the fourth/fifth try I had to run start her. Eventually found the problem one day by accident while I was cleaning the chain. The chain wax had acummulated on the connector were the stator wires connects up to the rectifier. Because the chain wax was insulating the connector, it gor hot and started melting. Removed the connector completely and fir new connectors, sealed the wires and put them in a spot away from the chain. Been running smoothly eversince and the battery is now 4 years old and can swing the motor effortlessly until she takes, no matter how many times I have to crank the motor.
Hope this helps.

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