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I have a '00 Nomad 1500 Fi. I had a starter switch burn up and blow the main fuse on the solenoid. I replaced the switch and fuse and away I went. 2 weeks later the ignition fuse blew, and blew, and blew, and blew. Finally removed the seat, jumped the solenoid with a screwdriver for a few rotations, and pressed the starter button. Fired up like a Kawasaki should. The main fuse blew the first time and burned up the switch due to a 30Amp fuse in the ignition fuse (10Amp) slot that the previous owner apparently thought was a good idea. So here is what I'm thinking. The problem could be the solenoid for the starter sticking and pulling amperage through the starter switch. Make sense? Has anyone had this problem?

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From another forum,

"You've got an exposed hot wire somewhere in the power circuit that's grounding out and causing resistance in the wire. Not sure how to help on this one, electrical problems are damn near invisible, but I'd start looking for a burn mark or scorched insulation on any of the wiring leading up the relay, starter, or main fuze block in the tail."

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30 amps is heavy, so bypass nothing. Look for a short in a heavy circuit like the the headligh, starter (questionable because of delay) same with starter relay. You have a wire shorting out on the frame somewhere. It's that cut and dry.. Go to the auto parts store and buy an automatic circuit breaker that matches the fuse type your bike uses. but instead of a 30 amp, get a 20 or 25 amp. As long as theres a short it will trip and reset by itself saving you the hassle of changing fuse every few minutes.. While the breaker cycles on and off you can search for the short. When you find it, the breaker will stop cycling and stop in the on or reset. Good Luck

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SOURCE: Starting fault

There is also a safety switch on the clutch lever that could give the same symptoms.
Another thing to check is the fuse block that has a starter relay built in (hidden) above the fuse compartment. My D5 has the same symptoms and this is the problem. If I keep the starter button depressed for some seconds the relay operates and bike starts.

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Normally 25thou or 0.9mm.
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