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    Baby Twin
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    No start + clicking noise

    Hey guys,

    I'm new to this forum. Just picked up my first bike. An 2001 RSV Mille. Offcourse I had to show it off a bit and let people hear how it sounds. I have started the bike 3 times in 2 days, just idling. I have no licence yet so I can't take it for a spin.

    This afternoon I wanted to start the bike again. I turned te key and immediately heard a clicking noise from underneath the backseat (the starter relay a assume). Tried to start the bike and it turned over but wouldn't start.

    Offcourse I did some research about this problem. Found out really quick that the battery is a common problem and the starter relay. But because the bike is turning over, I don't think it's possible the starter relay is dead.

    Could it be that the battery died because of starting it a couple of times without giving it a change to charge?

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    Seriously, don't try to start it again until you are sure the battery is fully charged: it takes a lot of amps to turn a big twin over, and if the engine turns over but not fast enough to start it can backfire and wreck the starter clutch.

    Also, don't give it any throttle until it's running, for the same reason.

    these good folk can do you an upgraded battery and starter solenoid: https://www.apriliaperformance.co.uk/

    At very least, especially if you aren't going to be riding regularly for a while, get an Optimate charger and lead.

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    Thanks for your comment!

    That upgraded solenoid and battery is definitely something to keep in mind!

    But I dit some more research this evening en found out that the fuel pump isn't turning on when turning te key. En the clicking is coming from te relais as show in the picture. I guess this is the fuel pump relay then? So I'm guessing that relay died en that's why the motor won't start!

    Could I be right, and if so, where can you buy the relays?

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    Interesting...you could try a car parts factor to see if the relay is a generic part...for instance Ducati cam belts which cost 70 a shot here can be had (exactly the same part) from Renault dealers for about 30, I believe.

    Failing that, aprilia performance, which I linked to in my first reply, can probably help you. They have an excellent reputation here.

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    Or just do a Google search with the numbers on the relay. They a bog standard relays, they are cheap, but if you buy from aprilia or vw they are expensive !
    Glad you are working through the problems, it's well worth it when you have your ape working well....

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    I have exact same problem, did you find anywhere that sells the relays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggsrsv View Post
    I have exact same problem, did you find anywhere that sells the relays?
    Sorry mate for the late answer. But I managed to find a second-hand dealer nearby who had these relais in stock. But you can also just buy them new, or probably also second-hand from ebay. Just look for "rc-2208 relais" and you should probably be able to find something.

    Also to give an update about the fix.
    I replaced the relay that was clicking with the one I bought. Tried to start the engine but still a clicking noise from the same relais! Just to be sure, I bought 2 second-hand relais in case one of them may be broken. But also with the second relais it kept clicking.

    Then, and don't ask me why, I switched the two relais witch are next to each other, and BAM. Fuelpump was priming, no more clicking and the bike started right up.

    I really have no idea what the problem may have been, but it's fixed for now so I'm a happy man, hahaha

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    Hiya mate had the same thing with mine and swapped the relays for new ones, it worked a few times after that then gave up the ghost while riding it, might be worth looking at a new fuel pump as that was the problem on mine. I got mine off ebay for 30 its not to b ad to fit either

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