The following is about the 1993 Yamaha Virago 535 we just recently purchased:
So after having the bike die on me twice when riding, then flipping to reserve (which we actually flipped it off, woops), it barely made it home. And we also learned the reserve switch goes in the opposite direction (we were riding it with reserve on, not off!)
So we got some nice additive, no-ethanol fuel ($4.21/Gal!!!), filled her up, and went to start her up. Click, click. Uh oh.
After much forum browsing and googling, we came to the deterimination the starter went out. With our little bike knowledge we take the starter out (D/C the battery first ofc), and oil goes all over. Oh well, needed a change anyway
So we bench test the starter, nothing. I decide to shake it, just because. And then we know for sure its bad unless starters usually have little pieces rattling all over the place....
Anyway, were gonna see if we can get it refurb'd or just buy one ($89 on ebay). On the bright side, the bike was running great finally, with the exception of getting 14MPG and the choke stuck full-on.
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