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Hi, New poster on the boards, been reading for the last month and now i could use some help.

Background on problem:
a week or so ago i was on my way home, an suv coming towards me turned left in front of me and cut me off. I had to slam on the brakes and veer to my left as hard as i could to avoid becoming part of its door, and while doing so i was forced to lay the bike on its side. No Major visible damage was done to me or the bike. broken shift pedal, bent handlebar, and a few dents and scratches on the tank and rear fairing. not to hard to fix, as i have already started. but since i put it on its side and put it on the back of a truck to bring it home, i have not gotten it to start again. i can get it into neutral and can click the starter, but nothing. it tries, but sounds like something is jammed or out of place. you can hear the starter try and turn it, but the engine wont turn. also it is hard to get it to shift into other gears, noticed this when trying to make sure it was in neutral. I am writing to try and see if anyone had any suggestions as to where to look first before i start tearing into things. i have never been into the sv engine, but am very handy, have a maintenance manual, and would like to see if i can do it my self before going to the dealer. i just could use some advice as to where to start.

Thanks.
-Orrkid-
 

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I thought you layed you bike down, but after reading your post, YOU CRASHED

maybe you should have a professional mechanic look at it
 

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OK,

Step one, divide and conquer.

Is it a starter problem, or an engine problem?

Can you turn the motor over manually? (via crank or turning rear wheel)

That will give you an idea starter vs mechanical problem.

Are starter, starter relay,and battery connections all still tight?
A battery is heavy and can loosen it's connections during a hard jolt
(not only the external cables, but I've seen (though just twice) where
the battery died after an accident , presumeably due to internal breaks)
That's rare if the battery is achored correctly though.

Anyway, you need to start with motor vs starter, then we can delve deeper.
 

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Check to see if it is hydrolocked. Remove the plugs and kick it over a few times. Look to see if any oil comes out. Someone knocked my bike over and it happened to me. Same issues that you describe. If it will turn over that was the problem. I would replace the plugs if that was the issue. Also check the airbox for oil.

PM me if you have any questions.
 
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Thanks a lot guys for the advice. i will check everything that was mentioned above when i get a chance.
 

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Good point! Could you just hit the kill switch and turn it over?
 

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As a guy with about 10 bikes in the garage, I can never remember for sure which ones are wired to allow it, and which ones aren't. I'm sure the old beemers won't allow it, and the Hawks will.
I don't recall on the SV.
 

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Jack Handy said:
Check to see if it is hydrolocked. Remove the plugs and kick it over a few times. Look to see if any oil comes out. Someone knocked my bike over and it happened to me. Same issues that you describe. If it will turn over that was the problem. I would replace the plugs if that was the issue. Also check the airbox for oil.

PM me if you have any questions.
Yep, 90-95% chance that hydrolock is the problem. Do NOT try to start it any more until you've pulled the plugs and turned the motor over by hand.
 

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Very simple... I've been through this several times...

Pull the spark plugs and try to crank it. If it doesn't crank over then push it around in gear to get the engine to roll over, this is to get any fuel out of the engine and un-flood it thus releiving hydro-lock.
Now put the plugs back in. If the starter doesn't crank over then you likely busted the clutch safety switch and you should bypass it with a paperclip. The clutch switch is a common problem after falls.

Hard shifting with the engine not running is standard for all motorcycles.
 
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thx for the great advice guys! well i had to go out of town for about 10 days, but finally got back to tinker with the bike. you were right on about the hydro-lock. removed the plugs and manually turned it over and all kinds of crap came out. now for one more question before i end up taking it in. it now starts, but there is smoke coming from the exhaust, and it will idle, but when given any gas it will sputter and knock. After i am all done i am going to get it checked out and have a once over done on it by a mechanic, but i would like to do as much as possible myself. any suggestions for the smoke?
 
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