Had an X Rider visit me a coupla weeks ago. Always nice to have company. When he went to leave, though, his bike wasn't having no part of it.
The dreaded starter button malfunction strikes again.
I guess him and his passenger had been out riding for a while and had made a few stops. That button could have given out at any time but he lucked out by losing it right where there was a guy that could fix it and get him back on the road pretty quick.
We're all pretty good about keeping the oil changed and keeping decent rubber on the ground but those little un-thought of maintenance needs can sneak up and bite ya in the butt anytime.
Here is a copy of what I posted here some time back -
The starter button in the X requires some maintenance now and then. It gets a little grime in there on the contacts and what looks like a carbon build-up. The headlight circuit also runs through the starter button so that when you hit the button the headlight shuts off which gives more power to the start operation. I've seen everything from grime to burnt contacts in there from a lack of maintenance.
Maintenance isn't complicated but does require patience and care because you are dealing with quite small parts.
Basically, here's how it goes -
Take out the two Phillips screws on the bottom of the right control case on the bar. The screws are two different lengths so pay attention as to which is which.
Open the case outward and where you see the wiring feed into the case there is one tiny Phillips screw to remove. The there is another tiny Phillips screw that holds the starter button in that you remove.
Pull the starter button assembly out and you'll see it held together by four small tabs. Using a small screwdriver you can lightly separate the pieces and lift the part with the solid contacts up. Clean the grease and grime off of the contacts and if necessary use fine sandpaper to clean 'em up. Use your finger to wipe the contacts clean. using a cloth can sometimes leave minute lint that can keep the switch from working on re-assemble.
Next, carefully push the button in and lift out the button slide from the other half of the switch. There is a spring in there, clearly visible. Don't lose it. After lifting the button out clean the contacts on the slide. Sometimes it will be necessary to 'pry up the contacts just a little, a very little, since they may have been worn down some. There is also a ball bearing in there. Don't lose that, either.
After all the contacts are clean, take the spring and stretch it just a little to put resistance back into the button operation.
Put a little dielectric grease on everything and put it all back together. Before securing the button back into the case you can test start the bike to make sure everything is playing nice.
Reassemble every thing ( note- there is a pin on the bottom case that fits into a hole on the handlebar to align everything) and test fire the engine again.