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I have to hold the ignition for almost 10 seconds until it starts to crank.

I used to think that it was something to do with the wheel/gear since wiggling the bike back and forth and then trying the ignition again worked. Or this was just coincidence and the time in between is the same 10 seconds....

FYI: I recently installed the Gorilla Alarm. I haven't replaced the battery since I bought it (~3yrs). The PO probably didn't change it either...

time for a new one?
 

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I have to hold the ignition for almost 10 seconds until it starts to crank.
Do you mean it takes 10 seconds before the starter even begins to crank, or 10 seconds for the engine to start?

If you have to futz around for 10 seconds before the starter cranks, then check to be sure the clutch switch plug is fully seated.

"Crank" means the starter motor is turning, but the engine is not running.
 

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you'll have to look under the clutch perch (the part that attaches the working lever to the handlebar) to find the connector for the clutch switch, if that is what the previous posts are referring to. it sticks right out of the bottom and shouldn't be that hard to miss.

unhook it, clean it, put it back on nice and snug.

good luck.
 

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Did you install the Gorilla alarm with the tip sensor? It may very well be one of the issues mentioned above, but if you've installed or calibrated (is that's possible) the tip sensor incorrectly, it may give you issues.
 

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I don't know it that will kill the battery, but if the TOS is activated, it may be doing some sort of "time out"; that could be where the 10 second delay is coming from.

Is the 10sec time exactly repeatable, and does it do it every time, or is it more of a random occurrence?

First thing to do is fix the TOS. :)
 

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The easier of the two is to just jump the clutch sensor terminals with some wires and see if it fires right up. I had the same happen, and that fixed the issue. Take off the connector you see under the clutch perch and jump the 2 terminals.
 

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It's not a consistent 10s, but neither is the TOS warning. Haven't correlated the two.
I just re-positioned the TOS and checked the battery voltage (12.55V)

I'll have to do some more testing to debug.
 

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is there any play in your clutch lever. if so when you wiggle the clutch lever just right then it starts ?

if so, the clutch lever and perch are worn out, replacment is fairly inexpensive $25-$30 iirc

I found that I had to replace my lever & perch from normal wear every 45k-50k or so
 
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