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Tim, You don't have to remove the engine to take the starter out, in spite of what the Honda book says.


To test the starter, try this;
If you have a spare battery off a car handy (or just connect your car to the bike with jump leads) you can check the strength of the starter.
Connect the - lead from the car battery to the frame of the bike (engine guard will do) and then tip the + lead from the car battery to the connector on the starter body (where the lead from the starter solenoid is connected), you are actually bypassing all the bikes electrics and any bad connections or possible bad battery etc. If the starter still turns slowly with the + jumper connected, then you will have to take the starter out and strip it to check the brushes and internals.
If the starter turns over nice and fast when you connect the jumper then you have a fault elsewhere, possibly a bad connection or earth point, even bad points inside the solenoid.

Best bet is to do the test describedand let us know what the results are first before we have to go into more detail.
 
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