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Hey! I'd like to start off by saying that I'm new to this forum, and new to auto mechanics and motorcycles in general, so I apologize for my lack of knowledge. I picked up a 1987 TW200 a few weeks back, and I've been in love with it. A few small issues, turn signals don't work, etc. It ran great for the first week, then the headlight would only work when giving the bike throttle. weird. Tail light still works, electric start stopped working too. Probably the battery I thought. As I continued to ride, I noticed it requiring more and more kicks to start. Also weird. Then one day, no matter how many times I kick it, nothing. The spark plug is functional, It's a bit old, but still works. Air filter is decent, It's been on non ethanol it's entire life, all the main components look fine to me. I plan to take it in to a mechanic soon, but I figured there's no harm in popping onto a forum in the meantime. Any ideas about the kick start?
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on picking up your T-Dub.

The '87 used a seperate lighting coil and the lights would only work if the bike was running. Based on your comments it sounds like your problems may be electrical however there could also be some underlying mechanical issues as well which can complicate solving your no start issues. Sit tight and I am sure someone more familiar with the 87's can suggest a few things to check before you bring it to a mechanic. I hope you get it all sorted out soon so you can again enjoy the new ride!
 

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Okay, that's really good to know about the seperate lighting coil. Do you think that it would start if I threw a new battery in it?
 

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Okay, that's really good to know about the seperate lighting coil. Do you think that it would start if I threw a new battery in it?
Remove the battery and check the fluid level if it has removable caps. Add some distilled water if it’s low. Throw a charger on it for a day or so. Take it to a battery dealer and have them run a load check it to see if it’s holding a charge. If it holds a charge, put it back into the bike and move on to the next step. If not, buy a new battery.
Next, See if it has spark.
 

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Okay, sounds like a good call. Thanks so much for the advice, I can't help but feel a little silly about spending all this money on a bike and have it stop working immediately. Anyway, thanks again, I'll check back in if it doesn't work.:)
 

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So I pulled out the battery and charged it. It charged up a bit, but it doesn't hold a charge any longer. It does have a spark though. I can get the bike to start with the electric start 70% of the time, but it dies almost immediately if i don't give it consistent throttle. On top of that, the kickstart still doesn't work. I will definitely need a new battery, past that, what do you all think I should do? It feels like it's time to have it checked out by a mechanic.
 

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Guess what guys...! It stopped working! Kick start doesn't even turn over the engine anymore, electric start doesn't do anything anymore, (even though it has a brand new battery in it) and I'm about at a loss. The spark plug has spark, IF I can get it started, it runs fine. Which leads me to believe that maybe the kickstart itself is broken..? And there's something wrong with the wiring for sure. The only thing I haven't done yet (that I can think of) is an oil change. Any ideas? Time to take her to a shop? Thanks
 
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