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Modern "No Start" issue solution

David Powell

2009 Norge 1200
GT Contributor
Jun 15, 2015
Huffman, TX
Just reading the conversations and I want to comment on my "Startus Interuptus" issue and apparent resolution. I tried the electrical approach. It did not improve the reliability. I found that my starter solenoid was very hot when last it failed to start. So, i figured that the solenoid was not moving smoothly and getting stuck at some point. We all understand the electrical aspects of the circuit. I cleaned and polished the solenoid cylinder and piston. I applied a very light coating of some fine machine oil to the mating surfaces. This bike seems to run better somehow. It always starts enthusiastically every time so far. I hope this helps someone with similar issues. My Norge is too much fun to let a small thing like "it won't start" reduce the enjoyment.


High Miler
Aug 7, 2016
I haven't had to look into this for quite a few years , so excuse me if this has been addressed elsewhere, but is there presently only one manufacturer of AGM type batteries?


Tuned and Synch'ed
GT Contributor
Oct 5, 2013
Palm Desert, California, US
My Norge is too much fun to let a small thing like "it won't start" reduce the enjoyment.
I think I know what you mean, but not starting isn't a small thing. I've had the problem suddenly recur when I was far away in the hot desert. My enjoyment was greatly reduced. I have twice "fixed" the problem. The 1st time using the MPHCycles kit, the 2nd adding my own jury-rigged workaround, the exact nature of which I can't recall at the moment. Now in the last several weeks it has happened again. Enough! I finally ran a wire from a switched source to a momentary button switch and from there it's spliced into the wire that powers the solenoid. If the bike starts as it should, fine. If not, I resort to my permanently installed hot wire. I no longer want to study the fine points of the starter circuit, voltage drop, yada, yada. Just start my damn bike!

I can't believe this thread started in 2010.