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#1:  84 1000 wont start. (SOLVED) Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:13 pm

my bike has been sitting for some time and now it wont start. it cranks over just fine but the oil light is on when im cranking. any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited by flatblk1000 on Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:42 pm; edited 1 time in total

#2:  Re: 84 1000 wont start. Author: eddiethetech Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:23 pm

Old gas, no spark, gunked up carbs, clogged air flow to carbs. Need a little more info to begin troubleshooting, but there's a few things for you to check.

#3:   Author: totallyredvirago Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:38 pm

http://www.viragotech.com/wiring/84_85_FIXED_XV700_XV1000.jpg

eddie is correct.. you need to do more testing so we know which way to go.. are you getting fuel?? did you flush out the old fuel?? are the plugs wet or dry??
if it is electrical i posted a diagram you need to get to know...
also please fill out your signature...dan
http://viragotechforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20037

#4:   Author: mark75 Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:49 pm


keep your battery well charged so TCI will get a good slurp of juice.

tried a little shot of "starter fluid"-ether? fresh plugs?

#5:  Re: 84 1000 wont start. Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:52 pm

it seems like it is getting fuel just no spark. if i crank for a while it will pop occasionally. the oil light is usually on when cranking isnt it?

#6:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:04 pm

dumb question. how does one turn on their signature? ive clicked submit a few times but nothing is coming up.

#7:   Author: totallyredvirago Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:12 pm

its on...
have you checked the oil level?? you have to keep a eye on it when the bike dont run.. (sticking floats)....dan

#8:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:28 pm

yea the oil is pretty much covering the sight glass. there isnt a failsafe in the system that wouldnt be letting it fire because something is wrong with the oil?

#9:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:49 am

i find it strange because the 'some time' my bike has been sitting is actually a couple of days. i usually sit on it and idle it for a couple minutes.

#10:   Author: mark75 Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:41 am

might check the side-stand "safety switch", but I'd still bet the battery needs to be topped off. JM 2 cents

@ idle (~12v) doesn't really charge enough to replenish what was used to start. the TCI takes 9 or 10v, add the lights and that doesn't leave much left over for re-charge.
if TCI doesn't get all power it wants, the ignition (spark) gets erratic.

#11:   Author: totallyredvirago Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:31 am

no there is no oil fail safe.. (only you as the owner). if it is over the top line (at the sight glass) drain some out and smell it to see if there is fuel in it.. if there is then get it drained out.. replace the filter and add new (WET CLUTCH) oil.. put the oil level right at the top line. (bike on center stand). keep an eye on the level mark. if it goes over then you have fuel dumping into the oil. sticking floats can cause this condition along with the peck cocks......dan

#12:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:56 pm

i just talked with a buddy this morning and he described the same problem on his hurricane. how he remedied it was to use seafoam which i think i may try.

#13:   Author: totallyredvirago Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:12 pm

not a bad suggestion... but if the bike does not run.. how is the sea foam going to do it's job?

#14:   Author: theother_bob Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:53 pm

flatblk1000, yes oil light while start button pressed is normal on the 84 xv1000 (can't speak for others.) Sounds like it could be out of gas or a clogged filter, or could be ignition related (vacuum leak to the module?)

good luck

#15:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:48 pm

the sea foam is like a carb cleaner without having to take it all apart. im not the best at communicating my thots to words but he had the same problem, so hopefully when i get some seafoam it works.

#16:   Author: totallyredvirago Post Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:20 am

yes sea foam does work.. but its works its best on a running engine..(it has to be mixed. do not just dump the whole can in your tank)
you still havent told us what test you have done..
did you flush out the old gas?
is there gas in the oil?
did you pull any plugs?
are you keeping the battery charged?
....dan

#17:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:34 pm

ok well i drained the gas. i pulled the plugs and the tips are kinda black but im thinking that is from being cranked over without starting. the spark looks good.

#18:   Author: flatblk1000 Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:09 am

she is running strong once again. picked up some seafoam today, put it in and after a bit more cranking she started right up. now to change the oil and build my license plate bracket and im set for my road trip i hope. also once i get around to it i will pull the carbs and do a thorough cleaning.

#19:   Author: funkamongus Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:30 am

Congrats!! So, is it solved?? If so,, "Mark it so! Glad youre back and best of luck on your road trip!
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