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BATTERY WAS WEAK, LET MOTOR IDLE TO HELP CHARGE AND FOUND MOTOR OFF AND SYSTEM DISCHARGED. CHARGED AND LOAD TESTED BATTERY-WEAK.  REPLACED BATTERY.  STARTER DOES NOT ENGAGE OR MAKE ANY CONTACT NOISE WHEN STARTER BUTTON IS PUSHED.  HEAD LIGHT GOES OUT WHEN PUSHED.  

WOULD MAIN FUSE FAILURE CAUSE THIS SYMPTOM OR POSSIBLE STARTER SOLENOID PROBLEM?  WHERE IS MAIN FUSE LOCATED AND STARTER LOCATION AND EASE OF ACCESS TO REPLACE?  ANY OTHER POSSIBILITIES?

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If you have power at the ignition switch and headlights are coming on and you have instrument lights, then the main power fuse is still okay.  Solenoid and fuses are back by the battery, beneath the seat.

http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/2003-honda-vtx1800-vtx1800r/o/m1512

If you jump across the two big posts on the solenoid with a screwdriver for just a second, it should turn the starter motor over. Beware of sparks when you do this.

There are safety switches on the clutch lever and sidestand, which must be working for the engine to start.

Charging system will not charge the battery at idle, as you have discovered. Usually the charging rpms start around 2000-2500 rpms.

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

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I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

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VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

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VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

Education/Credentials
3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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