Hi. I have the same problem but I have tried a few different good batteries as well as portable jumper with no luck. My question is, if the starter relay clicks, as in my case, does that mean that the relay does make the power connection to the starter? And that if I have to access the starter relay and then the starter, is there any instructions as to how to do it step by step preferably with pictures?
I have a 2001 which was working fine till battery got weak and I got it going a couple of times jumping it till it stoped cranking while all the lights are on ok. Been a Virago rider, just switched to the wonderful K1200LT.
Thanks for your inputs
Welcome to the forum houmem24. If you are hearing the relay click but the starter is not turning, you can do a test to see if it is making the connection to the starter. You can see the starter if you look deep in front of the battery and you can see the power wire bolted to it. If you can get a volt meter on that starter screw post and test for voltage when you press the button and hear that relay click, it will tell you if the relay is good or not.
I am not recommending you do this but some have used a long screwdriver and connected the positive battery post to that screw ( carefully ) to make sure the starter will try and turn when voltage is applied.
There are some tie points under the seat just in front of the rear fender where the starter wire connects and then back to the relay under the tank. Make sure those are clean and tight. They are fairly low about half way down from the battery top.
One more thing to check for while you are looking at the starter through that opening is the grounding screw that holds the starter. Look back in this thread to post #32 by jzeller for a picture of where that screw is. If it is missing or lose, tighten it first then do your tests.
If all that is done and you don't get 12V to the starter when you press the button, I would say that your relay is very likely bad. Since you have a 2001, I would replace it with the retrofit starter harness and blue relay as it has safegaurds built in to prevent relay fusing if the battery gets low. Later models already have this installed. If by chance this relay was installed by someone on your bike already, there should be a white tag on the diagnostic plug saying ANLASSERMODUL from the kit pictured below If you already have this relay and they don't go bad very often, then you would buy the new blue replacement relay only and not the kit. The original is black.
61 35 7 663 945 SET: RETROFIT KIT, STARTER MODULE (to 05/01) 0.24 1 $222.36
Yes, the kit is expensive but worthwhile to install if you don't have it already.
Let us know what you find.
Edited to add the picture referenced.