honda rebel 250 when i turn the key on nothing will come on

by Tammy
(Indianapolis, in)

Was riding my honda rebel around the block. Stopped to talk to someone went to start my motorcycle and nothing will come on. No lights, no horn, and the electric start will n
ot start.

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Jun 23, 2012
by: Anonymous

Battery cable loose or cable connecters are coroded.

May 29, 2012
Won't start
by: Anonymous

Check your kill switch
You may have bumped it

May 28, 2012
I COMPLETELY understand. lol
by: Pete

I would agree with a battery issue. If the battery is over a year old, it can run down really quickly by leaving the key on. Been there, done that.

May 28, 2012
by: Anonymous

It could be as simple as a loose battery cable. I had that happen to my bike once.....loss of power to everything.

May 28, 2012
Check your battery?
by: Anonymous

Bad battery?

May 28, 2012
no power,250 rebel
by: sam

Just check your main fuse.Thatcould be the problem.

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wiring for 1994 883 Harley

by Rhonda Fleming
(Salinas, Ca USA)

My bike has a loose wire somewhere to the battery, it won't start. My ex-husband wired in a lead to connect our electric vests and I'm pretty sure this is where the problem is. Can anyone give me some ideas what to do to try and fix this myself?

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May 28, 2012
Check simple first.
by: Gypsy Spirit

Hi Rhonda ...

If he wired it directly to the fuses, it could be the fuse isn't making proper contact. Look under your seat, it may be loose.

Likewise, wires on your battery may be loose and not making a good connection. I am presuming you have checked to make sure the battery is not dead.

You don't mention how long ago you added this feature. Has it been a while and you have used the bike since? ... Or is this a new addition and the bike hasn't run since you added it?

Hopefully it's that easy!

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Missing that occurs on and off

I have a 1982 Suzuki GS1100G. The problem I am having is that the engine seems to miss on one or two cylinders at different times. This doesn't happen all the time, or at any certain RPM. Sometimes at idle it is clearly missing, while at other times while maintaining a steady throttle position, the engine will bog down and surge back and forth. The bike has a Dyna S ignition, so there are no points. Could the problem be in one or both of the coils? A local bike shop tested them and said they read correctly on an ohm meter.

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May 11, 2012
Coil Resistance?
by: Judy

I have the same ignition on an RD400 and had a problem recently with intermittent missing and dying.

Initially everything checked out okay except for a couple of things. The trigger was slightly misaligned, AND most important, the coil didn't have the proper resistance for the ignition, so eventually the ignition would get too hot and start to shut off. We had to install a ballast resister inline with the coil.

BTW if your bike still has stock coils, find out from a factory manual what the stock resistance is; check the Dyna website for the required coil resistance and this may be your problem.

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primary fluid getting into the motor oil

by kenneth childress
(Seneca SC 29678)

I have a 1997 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail Classic with a S&S 110 factory motor and some how the primary fluid is getting into the motor oil.what could be the problem ?

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May 07, 2012
primary oil
by: Ex H-D owner

The crank seal on the left side of the engine, under the alternator rotor is worn out and the primary oil is being sucked into the engine when the pistons rise, and create a vacuum on the cases. It's not a huge job, but will probably take a couple of hours for an experienced wrench.

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starting up

by Dawn

Is it usually hard to start a yamaha v star 250 after it has been sitting for a few months?

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May 30, 2012
starting up
by: Anonymous

gas turns bad...probably gumed up
If your not going to ride your bike you should at least start it and let run for a minuites every week

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steady wind

by Lark
(Ogden Utah)

I am a beginner and bought a 250 last year after dumping my husbands 750, thanks for everyones words of encouragement after I confessed that on this site. I probably put about 500 miles on last year mainly trying to get over my terror. I really want to ride my bike to work and attempted it several times last year but in order to do this I must conquer riding through the mouth of a canyon where the wind is horrific especially in the morning hours. I lean into the wind as I was told and it pushes me through 2 lanes of traffic. The last straw was when I really thought me and the bike were going to end up in the very deep gravel pit off the side of the freeway. The speed through that area is 55 and I just go full throttle trying to get through it as fast as possible. Someone had told me to lean the bike and keep my body upright and that would help but I can't seem to get the courage to risk it again. This stretch is approximately 1 mile long and the wind comes from one side of you not gusting but constant. Any technique or advice?

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May 20, 2012
Tips i use!
by: Anonymous

OMG you poor thing sounds scary! Ok what i have read, and have read anything I can get my hands on, and have found worked for me, first suspension is first thing if it isn’t soft enough it won’t stay put on bumps and hold the road! Secondly as soon as you freak and its way easy to do if you are sacred, is your arms will go into ‘death grip’, so you can’t handle the bike.

So the way to try and get though this is firstly lean over your bike, like you are about to race it, helps airflow and streamlines the bike, also helps keep your our arms bent, as straight arms cant steer. Then place your knees on the tank to hang on, this transfers the weigh to the centre of the bike!
So in this position you are now going to do the most alien part, which is try to pretend the handle grips are buggies! (read this in a book) as in birds, and you don’t want to squish em! And it seem to work, because if you hang on too tight, it transfers the weight to the front wheels, and badly affects your steering!

Now try these things all together, elsewhere first, to get used to this method of riding! Then go try this road, on a weekend, when you think it will be quiet, and try different speeds, but do hold the bars too tight don’t let them go, but help steer with your knees to the side you need to lean!

So lean forward Knees on tank to help steer, don’t hang on too tight! Hope this helps, as it has made a huge difference to me!

May 12, 2012
by: Cathy

I ride a Honda 350, a tallish bike - for me, given I'm just 5"3 - and I'm also quite light, so we do get tossed around by the wind a bit, and I've been very nervous riding in windy conditions, but recently got some good advice, and got to test it too:

What I was told to do was to counter-steer (as you do around a corner) into the wind, and another helpful tip was to apply some weight to the relevant footpeg - on the side the wind is coming from (I think I've got that right - relying on memory now!), this helps to keep the centre of gravity low. Also very important is to keep as light a hold on the handlebars as you can. I used to have a deathgrip, thanks to nerves, but found that if I was 'just' guiding the bike, rather than holding on for dear life, everything worked so much better - when gripping tightly, you're actually fighting the bike.

Another great piece of advice - well, really something to just keep forefront of mind, is that thanks to the gyro effect, the bike WANTS to stay upright, so fighting it is really going to mess with that - and it really does seem to apply.

Obviously on our lighter bikes, we are more vulnerable than those with heavier bikes, and it's a whole lot scarier, and those gusts are going to do their thing, but these techniques definitely worked for me.

Good luck, and I hope you can find your way through this - must be very daunting to have to face this daily!

May 11, 2012
by: chiefgopher

Firt of let me say that I too am a realativly new driver having taken time off from riding. I have a honda 750 aero. I would get caught in the drift of wind from big trucks and in turns also. I found that it is a control issue. once this was done it was ok. when you start to drift in the wind ease up on the throttle a little and get your control back and then proceed. if the wind is constant you may have to do this more than once to get through the pass. Always remember to look where you want to go not where you are going. this has helped me many times on windy gusty days. HOpe this works for you. It is still scary at any time but once you regain control and stop the drift you feel more confident. Good Luck and safe travels.

May 10, 2012
bike wind
by: Anonymous

I have been riding for 42 years. Five years ago I got my firt 250. (Honda Rebel). I'm small, the bike is small. I ride in groups and most have much bigger bikes. I don't have any more trouble in wind than any of them do. Including quick gusts or a steady heavy wind.

May 10, 2012
by: Robin

When I had a 250, the wind really blew me around, especially over 35-40 mph. On my Ducati Monster 695, the bike feels much more stable at any speed. A gust will still wake me up, but I think wind just feels different on different bikes. Good advice I got was to lean in, tighten your core and legs, and don't lock up your arms or hands. mentally, stay confident. you can do it!

May 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

I agree! Very scary! Happened to me on the 60 freeway heading to Ontario, California. I ride a Ninja 250 and the wind tossed me two lanes over almost slamming me into a car. I'd love some advice as well!

May 10, 2012
Good question. I would like to know as well
by: Anonymous

Yes! I would like to know the answer to this as well. I lean into it, and it took me to the next lane. It's wild. Wind is scaaaareeeeey. Any tips? advice? Thanks ladies!

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Going from HD 883 to Heritage

by Char
( Delaware)

I traded my Sportster 883 6 wks ago for a Heritage Softail. I am still getting use to this heavier bike. I went for my first group ride approx 200 miles last week. The group went on busy 2 lane highway the majority of the time with speeds averaging 65-75 mph. I was not comfortable at this speed, especially on long sweeping left turns. If I reduced speed to 55-60 I felt much more in control. It is really weird that the left turns are more nerve wracking than right. I think I need to practice counter steering b/c upon exiting the highway I probably did several things wrong, a) went in too hot b) not looking all the way into turn c) trying to steer instead of countersteer . I came way too close to losing it and did everything to recover ( guardian angel working here). Well needless to say I was overly cautious the rest of the trip.
Has anyone else experienced this problem with left or right turns being worse than other at higher speeds? Slower turns and lower speed are no problem. This is really bothering me and I plan on going out and practicing getting more miles under my bike to regain my confidence.
Any advice would be glady received. And when going through long sweeping turns where are you looking?

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Aug 12, 2012
Left hand turns
by: Coral Mustang

I am having the same issue with left hand turns- I got scared when I felt that I wasn't turning and now still get the heeby jeebies and it doesn't seem to matter what the speed.
Will keep practicing!

May 24, 2012
Practicing by myself this weekend
by: Char

Thanks for advice, slow, Look, press, ROLL.... I believe i will be practicing in big ole parking lot with my cones this weekend. Cone weaves, circles, 8 and turns from stop.
Ride safe and stay the course is my new motto.. I did meet a woman at the Ladies of Harley Chapter mtg who has been riding for 35 yrs, AND was an instructor for advanced riding class( but due to cancer cant ride far) She has offered to mentor me. How SWEET is that? Great people are every where since i began my motorcycling journey !
Stay safe and have fun

May 24, 2012
And last...
by: Anonymous

...but certainly not least, DON'T RIDE AT SPEEDS YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH. If the group rides too aggressively for you, find another group and work up to faster speeds.
There a lot of pretty bad riders with pretty bad habits who are dangerous. The best way not to be one or be hurt by one is to take your time and build solid skills.

May 24, 2012
Remember basic rider course....
by: Anonymous

...SLOW...LOOK...PRESS...ROLL.... through the turn.
Slow to whatever speed you need to so that you cam maintain or increase your speed through the turn.
Look through the turn, not right in front of your handlebars.
Press the handlebar I. The direction you're turning.
ROLL through the turn....maintain or increase your speed in the turn. You lose traction if you decelerate in the turn.

May 21, 2012
Second trip
by: Char

Well I went on my first MC run with a local club, which turned out to be a lot longer than anticipated, but I felt okay ( for the most part) as we went through twisties ( slowly) and back roads the majority of the time. I rode my own ride and went slower than the experienced guys up front. This was about a 5-6 hour run total. Boy was I beat after this long day. Went over RR trax, wooden bridges, metal grated bridges, large double span bridges with windier conditions than the week before. hmmmmm yep, that was all new experiences that I now have under my saddle. I still am trying to figure out why lefts are not so smooth. I guess experience is the best teacher and will continue to keep on motoring. Group riding definately has its advantages so as not to get lost all alone, but I think I would stop more often to rest and "regroup" so to speak.
Ride on and stay safe...

May 21, 2012
Turns turns and more turns
by: Mslolo

I am a new rider as well, only been on a bike for about 5 months at age 51, but I am having a blast I must say. I completely understand the turning issues. For some reason left turns have been more comfortable for me, so I practice right turns as much as possible. I agree with look where you WANT to go, best advice I have put to use. I have taken a winding canyon a few times near home for practice and I think it is very important to stay within your comfort and experience levels. This will eliminate errors. I just know what I don't know and try to remind myself of this whenever I go for a ride. I'm going on my first long ride this coming weekend, which will consist of a little bit of winding mountain roads. I'll report back!!

May 19, 2012
Yep, I feel your pain
by: Deana

Whew!! I'm glad I'm not alone. Two weeks ago, I just got my second bike, a V Star 1100. I learned to ride on a ZX6R. I've been riding less than 2 years (I'm 45) and I still have trouble with slow speed turns going right and curves while going down hill. This bigger bike and different riding mechanics are a bit of a challenge. I seem to have more problems from a stop and at slow speeds. I'm clumsy anyway, and I'm sure it's pretty funny to watch when I'm having trouble with the feet, hands, eye coordination. I need to go to an empty parking lot and practice. I'm not real comfortable flying down the freeway at 70 either. The 1100 has got some fairly major vibration issues at high rpm and I feel like the thing is going to rattle apart. It goes to the shop next week for some tune-up stuff that will hopefully fix most of it. I think the V stands for vibration. Hang in there. You aren't alone, and yea!!, neither am I :)

May 18, 2012
by: Anonymous

I just got back on a bike after 3 1/2 years without one and have to keep preaching to myself "LOOK where you want to go!!" I have been riding since the early '90s, put thousands of miles on my bikes (this is my 3rd) but found after a "time out" I've got the weebly wobblys. Oh - and I'm 61 - late bloomer when I started riding almost 20 years ago - but non-riding time has eroded my skills so I understand. Keep practicing, don't let another rider pressure you into going into a curve too hot, and always LOOK where you want to go. Slow, look, lean, roll on the throttle. Hang in there - it does get better.

May 18, 2012
I totally understand!!
by: Ana

Im a newbie rider and barely have been out on the road but plan to be out alot this summer. Last season I took a spill. It was an increasing radius turn in which I made several mistakes so I know where you are coming from. I cam in way too hot and instead of looking through the turn looked straight ahead, then panicked and instead of using my back brake and correcting myself, I grabbed my front brake and ended up on the grass. I was ok but the bike was not. 400.00 later. I find blind turns are the worse. Maybe if I was taking the turn slowly and learned what I learned in my MSF class I would not have crashed. I think the key to getting through them is to look as far ahead through the turn as possible and do not whatever you do look in any other direction because the bike will straight up and you will go in that direction. Please correct me if Im wrong any experienced riders out there. Im still a newbie and learning myself.

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