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Oh wise ones,
When pushing starter all the lights dim down and the starter does not engage. Sometimes after pushing about 5 or 6 times, the starter engages. I thought it was the battery and changed that out but even with new battery is doing the same thing. It must be a connection somewhere. But battery connections are very clean. In the starter switch???
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Is your new battery fully charged ?

This sounds like it could be worn out brushes on the starter.
Do the lights go OUT or just get dim ?
Some models purposely turn the lights OFF while starting and some don't.

If they just dim down, then it's likely that the starter is getting power and trying to turn .......but can't for some reason.
 

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While i dont have my vs1400 any longer, at one point i had a similar problem. Check and clean the negative battery cable and the surface it gets bolted to where it connects to the engine, it can get cruddy and cause issues just like corroded battery terminals. If I remember correctly it should be on the right side of the bike near at the back of the engine.
 
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