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2001 Ducati Monster 600

I’m having some issues with my bike. It currently isn’t starting but I wanted to give a rundown of everything that’s been done to it since I bought it since it might be relevant. I purchased the bike a month and a half ago. It had been sitting in a garage for about a year prior to that. The bike ran great but it was long overdue for timing belts. So, right after I bought the bike I had the Ducati dealership replaced the timing belts and at the same time they replaced the tensioner bearings. Though I doubt it is related, the tires were also replaced at the dealership. After I got the bike back, the battery died after sitting for only a couple days. I had the battery tested and it was bad. I replaced the battery with an OEM battery. I also changed the oil and replaced the spark plugs.

At this point, I noticed a strange problem. When looking back, I’m pretty sure was occurring since I bought the bike but had just put it together. When the bike was idling, if I turned the handlebars to the right, there was a certain spot where the RPMs would drop out and the bike would die. It wasn’t an issue when I was at speed. I thought it was either the idle speed cable or the throttle cable getting pulled and running the engine rich and killing it. I ruled both those out but then found that jiggling the wiring from the start button and kill switch caused the engine to die. I cut out the quick disconnect, which is what I thought the problem was, and rewired the four wires (they are definitely wired correctly). I’ve only been able to start the bike once since this (right after I rewired it). The kill switch and the ignition still work so I’m confident that it isn’t that wiring I did.

When I press the start button, the starter cranks and cranks but no start. After some trouble shooting, I found that the spark plugs aren’t sparking. The gap is correct and I tested the plugs against the engine block. I tried it at night too to see if it might just be a really weak spark. No spark. Fuses are fine. The engine is definitely cranking too, I can feel the air coming out of the sparkplug holes. Just for giggles, I check if there was gas getting to the ignition chamber, there was. I’ve tested the primary and secondary on the coils and they are to spec. I tested the main relay and it was good. The leads to the spark plugs are good. It isn’t the safety for the kickstand, that doesn’t allow the engine to crank at all. I also cleaned the spark plugs and tested the resistance on them, they were what they were suppose to be.

At this point, I’m completely baffled. I would really appreciate help!
 

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Hi.
Have you tried changing the fuses even if they seem to be good?
I once experienced that a fuse that looked as if it was OK just wasn't.
After replacing it the bike started right up.
Good luck with the fault finding mission.
Regards,
Martin
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Ihave had the same problem - turn the 'bars right and the engine dies... from a broken wiring connection ... cant remember the specifics of what was busted. Brad the Bike boy repaired it.
Have you checked for other broken connections in the wiring loom coming into the handlebar switches?
 
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