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Question Mechanical Question?

I woke up this morning and went into the garage to start my 2000 Ducati 748 (with 13,000 of my miles on it) and the damn thing wouldn't start. The lights are on, the battery is charged, and yes the kickstand is up...so what's up? It won't make a sound! A buddy of mine said it sounded like a valve was completely stuck causing the motor not to turn over. I'm afraid the whole motor is locked up. Can someone help me out and tell me what the deal is and how much it'll cost to fix? Thanks

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I woke up this morning and went into the garage to start my 2000 Ducati 748 (with 13,000 of my miles on it) and the damn thing wouldn't start. The lights are on, the battery is charged, and yes the kickstand is up...so what's up? It won't make a sound! A buddy of mine said it sounded like a valve was completely stuck causing the motor not to turn over. I'm afraid the whole motor is locked up. Can someone help me out and tell me what the deal is and how much it'll cost to fix? Thanks
Do you even hear the starter click or any relay sounds? If not, it sound more like your starter is not engaging than an engine problem. I'd have said maybe a defective kill switch except you said the lights come on. The presents or absents of sounds would say a lot.
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Jump the relay check for fire
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This may be stupid to ask, but have you checked that the switch on the kickstand works properly? For some reason I think someone had this problem with a Duc a while back. Just a thought.

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Is the starter switch on the right hand bar in the "on" position?

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Try to fire up the bike by jump starting it from the cage. If that works then good chance the battery needs a charging. The cold weather, slow runs at lower revs, & constant starting will be hard on the battery. True even with a defunt battery lights will come on, horn works & such.

Hope it is something simple rather then a wire that is shorting for now adays they are hard to trace & correct.
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I got home last night and tried fooling with it. The only thing I heard was the clicking sound everytime I pushed the ignition button. I'm not really up to par on electrical systems on bikes but I traced the sound to what looks like to me to be a solenoid switch. I'm not sure. I took it off and cleaned the connections thinking that maybe it had gotten corroded. I put back on and the same thing happened...just clicking. Suggestions?

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if youre hearing clicking thats good...b/c if you werent it could mean big trouble and a whole load of problems heres what you do....
1. make sure your battery is putting out correct voltage. take it out bring it to your local dealer and get them to test it..very important.
2. hit the start buttin again, if it still clicks and doesnt turn the engine over do this. find the silenoid. it will have two larger post on it...one from battery on to starter motor.. touch both together with a screwdriver with a insulated grip (rubber foam etc)
3. while doing this if the starter engages and engine turns over...replace selynoid...if not you will 9 out of 10 need a new starter.
4. if step 3 produces a replacement starter situation....check make sure all the wires gonig to the starting system have handle the corect voltage and none are broken before you go out and spend that kind of money.

i hope this helps
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Thanks a lot. I'll run through the steps when I get home this afternoon.

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Still before you haul the battery off to the dealer who says "Sorry but the battery is simply shot & cannot hold a charge ---- now we have a new one at $-------". Which is the move on any shop to just a battery that is run down.

So try jump starting it from you cage. if that works THEN it needs to be changed up. Note my post above.

Allow me to suggest that since you, like most of us, have an electric only starting m/c then get yourself a decent Battery Tender (avaliabe on the 'net or many m/c shops & is aimed at SMALL batteries in our m/cs, lawn mowers, generators, boats, etc--Battery Tender is a trade name & not just a trickle charger with 4 to 6 amp---this is 1.25amp with auto shut-off & storage system) for this will come into being useful even in the hot summer days of short runs & constant starting with latter being the worst drain on the battery while short runs do not give the bike time to charge up battery.
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