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I was able to get the starter to turn by jumping it . So the starter is good will not start bike .
More suggestions needed.
Thanks to all so far. Good thing I have another bike, cruiser, or I would feel rushed at this point now that the bike is on the rack, naked no farrings I will service everything.
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Have you tried what Dave0430 suggested yet? Take the kill switch wires and put them on one screw? I agree with Dave and suspect this is your problem, seen it a dozen times.

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I was able to get the starter to turn by jumping it . So the starter is good will not start bike .
More suggestions needed.
Thanks to all so far. Good thing I have another bike, cruiser, or I would feel rushed at this point now that the bike is on the rack, naked no farrings I will service everything.
Have a great weekend.
Steve
Steve,
You are overlooking the most likely failure. Like many have said you need to check the kill switch. The 98's will not crank with the kill switch off or defective. It will cause all the issues you describe. It would have been the first thing I checked. Very, very good chance that is the issue. Go back and read the posts related to the kill switch in this thread.

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I am going to try that now.
Thanks to all for helping me.
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OK,
I jumped the Kill switch.
And the winner is: those who voted for kill switch. I got the bike to start and run.
Thank you all for helping me with this. Now, I need help finding a new switch that will not break the bank.
Any suggestions?
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If it was me, I would leave it bypassed. I have been riding motorcycles for over 40 years and have never used the kill switch. I have accidentally turned it off a few times but never used it purposely.

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OK,
I jumped the Kill switch.
And the winner is: those who voted for kill switch. I got the bike to start and run.
Thank you all for helping me with this. Now, I need help finding a new switch that will not break the bank.
Any suggestions?
Thanks again for all the help from evceryone.
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That's a great idea, now that you mention it.
Mi have been riding since 1962 many bikes and never used it.mduh!
I didn't even think of that thanks so much.
I will do that
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Steve,
Unless the switch is toast all you have to do is take it apart, clean, lube, and reassemble. In fact when other switches give you trouble (and they will) the same repair will work. Cruise on/off, cruise set, emergency flasher on/off, and fog lamp on/off, just to name a few, are all prone to fail in the on or off position. Practice now and keep your wing stock for the next owner.

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I would just as soon that damn switch was not even on the bikes period.

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