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Postby gruntled » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:14 01

My bike is sitting at the grocery store tonight. When I came out of the store to come home the starter would not turn over.
The kickstand is up, I cycled the kill switch several times, held in the brake lever but the starter would only give a slight click each time I tried it.
The headlights come on strong, the yellow trouble light cycles & it blinks on when I try to start. Could it be the battery?
Tomorrow I will try taking the battery out & charging it before I call the tow truck. I was planning a trip to Laughlin but now I am worried about trying that.
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Postby tonymarchman » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:59 06

Check to be sure the terminal bolts are tight and clean.
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Postby geoids » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:59 08

When mine had that problem recently, I sprayed the kill switch under the side stand. Evidently it wasn't making a good contact. You could try bypassing it also, as a test.
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Re: Majesty won't start.

Postby gruntled » Tue Apr 24, 2012 14:01 14

I'm waiting for them to finish repairing it. They say the starter motor is frozen. They had to take the bike apart to get to it & then they could either rebuild it or replace it. I told them to rebuild it & the cost will be over $500. :cry:
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Postby viclavigne » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:53 10

gruntled wrote:I'm waiting for them to finish repairing it. They say the starter motor is frozen. They had to take the bike apart to get to it & then they could either rebuild it or replace it. I told them to rebuild it & the cost will be over $500. :cry:

$500 must cover a lot of labor. A new replacement starter is about $300 (based on 2006 Majesty, www.bikebandit.com )

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Postby gruntled » Sun Apr 29, 2012 13:06 13

They claimed they had to take most of the tupperware off & strip the bike down. They also replaced the air filters.
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Postby jct842 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 15:16 15

The damn plastic is one of the biggest problems with most motor scooters today. My first scooter was the Wards version of mitsubishi silver pigeon and the whole cover lifted up and in less than a min. you had complete access to the engine/transmission. Right now I would trade even up for that scooter on the spot. (and, $92 worth of air cleaners on a scooter is insane too)
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Re: Majesty won't start.

Postby gruntled » Sun Apr 29, 2012 20:46 20

Better yet, why TWO air filters for a single cylinder engine? Why make them so hard to replace? Why put them where they get so dirty so quickly? But then that's the problem with most of the bike. Look at how hard it is to replace a headlight bulb.
Why is the oil tube so short? Why not a spin off oil filter? Why make the battery so hard to get to?
The guys who designed this thing must have stayed up many nights working on how to do things the worst possible way.
Just trying to check the tire pressure on the rear tire is a job.
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Postby jct842 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 23:14 23

As far as I am concerned the majesty has to be one of the most poorly designed scooters ever made. When they work all is fine, but if they are broke I offer my condolences. The poor design of the air filters along with the cost is why my scooter was "unloaded" and up for sale and I unknowingly bought it to ride a few thousand miles and find it needs a ring job. I would have been better off to buy a chinese 300cc. If I had I would be out riding this afternoon. john
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Postby imthepcguy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:10 10

So true about the Majesty not being easy to service. Yamaha paid a whopping $1800 dollars for the fuel pump replacement, now that's stupid. If mine gives me anymore major trouble it's history, I'll buy a Burg 650E, now I know it has a lot of tupperware on it too but it is again well noted that the Majesty is just plain expensive to repair. I like doing my own wrenching so those costs could be cut down but doing the stuff I do just tearing it down myself is a chore, it was commented earlier, why in the heck would someone make it so hard to work on?
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Postby viclavigne » Wed May 02, 2012 20:37 20

I do all my own wrenching unless it is a major repair. If you think the Majesty is hard to service just try the Burgman. I owned a Burgman 650, everything is harder to work on. From what I've seen of the Majesty service guides, routine maintenance is not very difficult, or nolt what I'd call that difficult.

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Postby Motogeezer » Thu May 03, 2012 9:37 09

gruntled wrote:Better yet, why TWO air filters for a single cylinder engine? Why make them so hard to replace? Why put them where they get so dirty so quickly? But then that's the problem with most of the bike. Look at how hard it is to replace a headlight bulb.
Why is the oil tube so short? Why not a spin off oil filter? Why make the battery so hard to get to?
The guys who designed this thing must have stayed up many nights working on how to do things the worst possible way...


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Re: Majesty won't start.

Postby gruntled » Thu May 03, 2012 14:35 14

The seals are however better protected than they were on my Yamaha Virago. I would give them a feeble thumbs up on that one.
The oil filler tube really bugs me. Why that piece of plastic that makes it hard to get your fingers in, but mostly why is the damn thing so short? It would be really bad if you needed to add oil & didn't have any way to get to it. Why is one of the bolts on the oil filter cover hard to get to? Why are some of the bolts on the air filters hard to get to? I replaced those bolts with Allen heads, that makes them much easier than the Phillips head bolts.
They must have had a great laugh when they made the bolt placement for the rear seat. Maybe it's just me but I have a great deal of trouble seeing the instument panel when the sun is ahead of me. I do however like the nighttime dash lights. It just goes on & on from one end of the scooter to the other.
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Postby blipco » Thu May 03, 2012 20:42 20

...and why is it so hard to find the side stand nub when you're seated? How come the floor boards disappear beneath the seat (where I like to place my feet)?
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Postby majestyyp400 » Thu May 10, 2012 15:26 15

Simple answer to all those questions.....crack smoking Asians!!
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