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So the bike has 0 electrical power. Nothing. Would the starter solenoid be the cause? Or would the bike power up but not crank over if it's faulty?
I bought the bike used. Only 735 miles. Test drove ok. Took it for a short rip with no problems also - except it stalled once but I was riding through shallow water and getting wet. Fired up right away. Fired it up in the garage a time or two since. Also installed new winch. Have "powered up" the bike numerous times also without issue.
The other day went to fire it up but won't power up. Did some poking around with my meter & think the cause is the solenoid as there is power going to it but not out of it with the key on & the kill switch engaged. I'm not the handiest man on a meter but can find my way around a little. The battery has over 12V. Front & rear fuses are good. Connections at battery & solenoid are clean.
Have tried new ignition switch & key also with no luck.
 

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try boosting it or charging the battery...
I had a 08 and if it would sit for a couple days it would need a charge.
I bought a battery tender for it.

that is a "best case scenario".. good luck.
 

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Also check the ring lugs on the wires going to/from the solenoid. I had one turn green on me and split nearly in half which caused the same issue for me.
 

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So the bike has 0 electrical power. Nothing. Would the starter solenoid be the cause? Or would the bike power up but not crank over if it's faulty?
I bought the bike used. Only 735 miles. Test drove ok. Took it for a short rip with no problems also - except it stalled once but I was riding through shallow water and getting wet. Fired up right away. Fired it up in the garage a time or two since. Also installed new winch. Have "powered up" the bike numerous times also without issue.
The other day went to fire it up but won't power up. Did some poking around with my meter & think the cause is the solenoid as there is power going to it but not out of it with the key on & the kill switch engaged. I'm not the handiest man on a meter but can find my way around a little. The battery has over 12V. Front & rear fuses are good. Connections at battery & solenoid are clean.
Have tried new ignition switch & key also with no luck.
Pretty sure the bike would power up but not crank over if the starter solenoid is faulty. Get your hands on a shop manual so you have a wiring diagram. On the G2 bikes, the power goes to one side of the solenoid then on to the rest of the system so that is a potential weak spot, ie bad connections. Also check your grounds, bad grounds can cause all sorts of problems also.
 

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Guess I'll wait for the solenoid to arrive & hope for the best. Picked up a 2amp trickle battery charger/maintainer @ Canadian Tire today for $35 on sale. Able to charge the battery through the 12v accessory outlet on the bike so that'll be handy. Mounted the charger on the wall next to where the bike is stored.
Downloaded a shop manual also. Will assist greatly with troubleshooting

Is the main fuse located in the front fuse panel? What are the 3 30 amp fuses located at the rear of the bike for?
 

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Just wanted to update y'all. So I installed the new starter solenoid with no luck. Tried the kill switch on & off a couple times & saw a little life. Took the switch apart & cleaned the contacts. They didn't look too bad just a little dirty. Added a little dielectric grease & reinstalled. Bike powers up every time. Thanks for the assistance guys. Hope someone out there can learn from this.
 
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