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    Default No Start -- after changing headlight bulb

    Yes, you read that correctly. All I did was change my headlight bulb. Now the bike won't start.
    Battery is good.
    Kill switch is where it's supposed to be. I even tried it a few times rocking it back and forth just in case the insides were gunked up.
    Fuses that I can pull out are all good although R5 was warm to the touch. I have no idea how to get it out nor what to look for.
    Any suggestions? The Service Manual talks about BUDDS -- of course I don't have that.
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    What is it thst you dont know how to remove, the fuse? Just pull the fuse out with needle nose pliers. You should have spare fuses in the fuse box cover. You can pull the relay out as well and swap it with another to check it.

    Other than that Id retrace the steps you took to change the bulb. The ST is not the easiest bulb to change. Good luck.

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    Default Changed headlight -- now won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderAnn01 View Post
    What is it thst you dont know how to remove, the fuse? Just pull the fuse out with needle nose pliers. You should have spare fuses in the fuse box cover. You can pull the relay out as well and swap it with another to check it. Other than that Id retrace the steps you took to change the bulb. The ST is not the easiest bulb to change. Good luck.
    Thanks. I'll try doing that. It's not a regular mini-fuse it's a large black R5 relay, perhaps? I don't want to have to go back in to the headlight area. That is an awful area for a person with large hands. Eccchhhhh .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayBrown View Post
    Thanks. I'll try doing that. It's not a regular mini-fuse it's a large black R5 relay, perhaps? I don't want to have to go back in to the headlight area. That is an awful area for a person with large hands. Eccchhhhh .
    MB, It is a little(ok a lot more) wrenching but if you disassemble the front section from the frame, you will then be able to tilt it up and forward and easily access those nast headlights from the underside with all the room you would like to work with. Alot more disassembly but worth it for the reductions in cuts, scrapers and needed cuss words to complete the task!!!!

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    Default Changed headlight -- now won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by IGETAROUND View Post
    MB, It is a little(ok a lot more) wrenching but if you disassemble the front section from the frame, you will then be able to tilt it up and forward and easily access those nast headlights from the underside with all the room you would like to work with. Alot more disassembly but worth it for the reductions in cuts, scrapers and needed cuss words to complete the task!!!!

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    Default Changed headlight -- now won't start -- SOLUTION -- Kill Switch

    Well, the issue is RESOLVED.

    When you're leaning in the handlebar area, make sure that you don't inadvertently hit the kill switch.

    If the kill switch is in the OFF position, there is no way that your bike will start! :-) :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayBrown View Post
    Well, the issue is RESOLVED.

    When you're leaning in the handlebar area, make sure that you don't inadvertently hit the kill switch.

    If the kill switch is in the OFF position, there is no way that your bike will start! :-) :-)
    Good news!!

    So in your OP when you said "Kill switch is where its supposed to be", you were just telling us it was on the right handle bar, correct?

    I can laugh because that one gets me every now and then after working on the Spyder!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayBrown View Post
    Yes, you read that correctly. All I did was change my headlight bulb. Now the bike won't start.Battery is good. Kill switch is where it's supposed to be. I even tried it a few times rocking it back and forth just in case the insides were gunked up.
    In light of the final solution, this is a little perplexing....

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