Scottie-You'd think that bullet terminals would be just the thing! Sorry...Searches for bullet and spade terminals return those items, which isn't what I want - I've got piles of those types. I'm looking for the locking type that's currently used...
Some REs have a solenoid with the wires permanently attached, covered under some potting compound. If you have one of these you'll need to replace it. Get something like this:http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/230691411498?lpid=82Get one that's for a 500cc or larger bike. This is what I got as a replacement from CMW when my original died. Throw away the green plastic piece, you won't need it.
One wire goes to clutch switch, according to Starting and Charging Circuit diagram.
This is just a guess but I think one of supplies power from the starter button.One of them is attached to the clutch switch and one of them is attached to the neutral switch on the engine.That would allow either the clutch switch or the neutral switch to provide the ground to complete the circuit when the starter button is pushed.
Mattsz, I'm pretty sure the small red wire is the path from the battery to the whole system. You can check this by disconnecting the square connector. I bet the piece attached to the solenoid reads 12v and if you turn the key absolutely nothing will work because you've detached the main power line. I also bet there will be no continuity between the other two small lines and the red one. The red one connects to the positive battery cable. Scott
Its a pretty skinny wire - but it could be doing so.
And we are surprised by that ,why ?
Well, I dunno! No reason, other than I'm surprised that everything on the bike but the starter circuit would be running off that one small wire - all the power draw, and the charging. Don't the electrons bump into each other as they cross?As I look at the diagram, yet again, I see now that indeed there is only one wire feeding the whole system, and that's gotta be it. It shows all the fuses "before" the ignition switch, but they're there.Seems like this must be the answer - took awhile, huh? I know it's a lot of dope slaps, but think of the exercise you guys have been getting!
I'd wondered about that diagram's fuses - the main lead from the battery goes through a 20a fuse, and the rectifier lead branches off that and through another 20a fuse. If you have a problem in your charging circuit, which fuse is going to blow?As for the diagram in general, this is what they're selling. One of these winters, when I'm truly and properly bored, I'll probably do a real wire-for-wire diagram, just for fun. And by the time it's done, I'll be so familiar with the wiring that I won't every have to look at it again...
" The two small pink spade connectors are the leads (small blue and small white wire) which activate the solenoid through the handlebar starter switch."Matt. Does it matter which side the blue or white wires connect to?
There are no polarity indications on the solenoid, and I don't remember trying to sort out which starter switch wire was which, so I'm going to say it doesn't matter. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will chime in quick!
With all your help I got it done. Bike starts up real nice. I am adding some pics of the old solenoid. On my 2011 B5 solenoid the white small wire lines up on the positive red cable.