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Old 12-10-2012, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy 2008 Ninja 250r Problems

Hello guys! Recently, I have noticed two faulty things on my motorcycle. I use to be able to start the bike in first gear with the side stand up and the clutch pulled it, but now it will only start in neutral. Also, my horn stopped working. I checked the fuse box and noticed that the 10 amp fuse was blown for the horn, and I replaced it. After starting up the bike, the horn worked for a couple seconds and then it blew again. Every time I put in a new fuse, it just keeps blowing. I have an aftermarket freeway blaster horn that came with the bike when I bought it, and it was working fine for a month. Hopefully, you guys can help! Thanks for reading
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you have a short along the wiring somewhere. Check your side stand switch then try unplugging the horn and see if it still blows a fuse. If it does, the wire is shorting out between the wire and horn switch. First start by checking the horn button (inside the housing) and side stand switch and work your way back. Also check to make sure you have no other accessories sharing the same fuse. If there are no shorts anywhere, replace the switches.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There is a microswitch fitted to the clutch lever that tells the bike that clutch is pulled in and it's safe to start. That switch has probably failed, or the wires to it disconnected. It might also be the side stand switch. You can temporarily bypass this by shorting together the wires going to it.

For the horn, check the wiring as it passes over the lower fork yolk. It often rubs through the insulation there, and as you move the bars bare wire shorts to ground on the top of the yolk, taking out the fuse. Wrap some tape around the wires at that point and if possible, use a ty-wrap to lift the wires clear of the yolk.

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