Hey everyone, just joined.
I ride a 2002 CBR954RR with about 31k miles. Has been running like a top since January, but today it randomly gave me trouble.
After riding in the morning, and sitting for a few hours, the bike would not start. Starter sounded strong, plenty of gas, and battery seemed good through multiple attempts, but the starter motor would just spin with no catch.
After a few tries, the bike would start right up like normal, but will only idle and run if the ignition switch is firmly pressed down. The engine will immediately shut off if I release the starter switch.
So now if I try to start it it will either 1) starter motor will click and spin but engine will not fire up. or 2) engine will fire right up but only as long as my thumb is pressing the ignition switch.
Managed to awkwardly ride it a mile to my house with my thumb pinning the ignition switch. Couldn't have been good for the starter but I had no choice, and it still sounds fine.
Some friends say it could be a bad starter switch, or a bad relay somewhere. I am not experienced with these kind of issues!
Please help!!!! Riding season is nearing an end here in Oregon.