View Full Version : Thinking about pickin up if an easy fix...

03-19-2015, 07:45 PM
Below is a local craigslist ad...

01 Buell blast for sale won't start just clicks when trying to start. ...has a new battery tho so not sure what it could be was told a couple things a starter relay or solenide ..either one cost under $60 dont know how to test or check it myself tho...and don't have a way to take it to shop or the time...have title book and keys and extra seat has about 15xxx miles had it a year ..it been siting for a couple months...December was last Time it ran...

Lookin for a little bike for my wife and saw this, any ideas of what it could be? If it is cheap and easy I will consider jumping on it and doing it myself. I have no knowledge of blast problems / fixes myself... Thank you! Oh yeah, they are askin 1000$...

03-19-2015, 08:18 PM
If it clicks, there's not enough current to trip the relay; nothing downstream (solenoid, starter) is getting any power if the relay doesn't trip.

Common fixes include (in order):
1. Clean all grounds (front motor mount bracket)
2. Check leads for corrosion
3. New starter relay (not solenoid, yet)
4. New battery

If it's still not starting, come back.

03-19-2015, 09:36 PM
Start simple and go to Harbor Freight with a coupon for a FREE voltmeter.

Check the actual battery voltage. Even a "new battery" can be drained from December 'till now. Especially if it's been cranking for awhile. Or just put a trickle charger on it for a couple of days without trying to start it.

When you press the start button, does it click once? Or does it click like a typewriter*?

*If you are under 25, a typewriter is that thing the secretaries use in the show Mad Men:p

03-20-2015, 02:19 AM
I'm in my thirties, and I have a voltometer, just curious if there was a chronic problem this relates to in these bikes, it is a little ways from my house so I was just asking prior to going out to look at it, thank you guys- anything else I should look for specific to blasts?

03-20-2015, 01:25 PM
If the starter won't engage, run start it (using 2nd or 3rd gear). If she runs, drive it straight to a shop. Even a car shop should be able to help.

BTW I've seen plenty of running Blasts for $1000-1500. Is this one super clean?

03-20-2015, 04:17 PM
So they claimed the battery was new in December?

Take some jumper cables and jump it from your car/truck battery (engine OFF).

03-22-2015, 04:20 AM
offer 500...just my opinion