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Good Evening everyone, I am currently in South Africa (Should someone advise me on calling a certain call center etc) I purchased a second hand Big Boy Tsr 250, I was told it needed a new battery, as there wasn't one in at the time. It was also made clear the bike had returned from a mechanic recently, due to electrical issues, so the indicators did not work, and the break like was always solid red, didn't change even when I break front and rear. I took the battery back to the seller, wanting to start it and test drive it.. It didn't Want to start.. No clicking over noise, nothing, just dead. Ubered back home, woman phoned like 30 mins later saying it was just a fuse that was loose (which since buying it, that same fuse has come loose once already, knowing the fault, I got that quickly..) I paid them, rode it home(8km/5mi) And it was clear the motor was a bit warm, quite quickly for such a short distance. Rode it once a day, 6.2km/3.8mi for 4 days, then it just didn't want to idle like before, it struggled to take, then when it did, I had to keep the revs up constantly or else it died. Made it to Uni, When I left, to go home, it was harder to keep it going, I had to maintain speed, second would almost stall.. The next day it would start, just a clicking noise by the solonoid, thinking that was the problem, not being much of a motor guy, I replaced it. Didn't solve the problem. Wanting to know how to fix it myself, can someone maby give me a couple of faults or tips on what it may be. (Don't judge me, I bought a kx450 new like 5 years ago, had it for 2 weeks and then it was stolen, so I don't have a lot of money to spend on a motorbike, knowing in South Africa it's not a case of "if", but "when" are the going to steal it, so I might of been reckless in buying it, just wanted something on 2 wheels to mess around with) Any other advise on what other components I should check or replace just to have it running at its best would be appreciated, Kind Regards, Tom

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Sounds like a voltage regulator problem....clicking at the starter solenoid is an indication of a dead battery....since You are not mechanically able to trouble shoot the voltage regulator problem Your cheapest fix will be to wire a Battery Tender to the battery and charge it overnight....Make sure the Fluid Level in the Battery is Correct.......

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    Tj Roe Mar 25, 2019

    It is a new battery, but I have been watching a couple of videos, and I understand your comment.. Because I charged the battery, and within a few minutes it said it's full, tried to start and it just sounded tired and took a while for the battery to kick in the sluggishly stopped all together.. Which indicates a dead battery.. Is it possible for a new battery to be a dud?

  • Joe Stanton Mar 25, 2019

    Try touching a screwdriver across the large terminals of the starter solenoid and see if the starter runs stronger...You may have to change the solenoid....Solenoid is the device that is clicking.......

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    Tj Roe Mar 26, 2019

    Hi Joe, it's the battery and solenoid that I just replaced, the problem is still there, it just ticks louder than the old one

  • Joe Stanton Mar 27, 2019

    Try connecting a 14 gauge wire from the positive post on the battery being careful not to touch it to the bike to avoid arcing.....unplug the small wire from the solenoid and touch the 14 ga. wire you have connected to the battery to the terminal where the small wire was plugged in...The Solenoid should run the starter strongly...if not... the starter is bad....If this bike was hard to start, that's an indication of hard use of the starter and related components.....


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