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It was a brisk 16 degrees this morning and the bike simply would not start. Every light came on EXCEPT the fuel injection light, no combination of kill switch, key jiggling, fuel cap tightening, or gear shifting helped. Is there a temp sensor somewhere that keeps all weather riders like me from going out when it is cold?
 

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Ah! A glitch... I think you could try unhooking cables from batt terminals. Fasten back and see if it resets if your sure batt juice is good.
 

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Juice is definitely good, I am a daily Rider and it has never slow cranked or given me dim lights before. I will try your battery cable reset idea when I get home. I also saw on the forum where people have been having corrosion issues inside the kill switch, that seems to make sense to me since I have it out in all weather.
 

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It is definitely the kill switch. You should hear the fuel pump when you turn it on. If not then the kill switch is not getting contact. Flick it back and forth several times.
 

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Cold snaps are notorious for putting the final nail in the coffin of a failing/dying battery... car/bike can start/run fine at 50 degrees on a Saturday.. Sunday morning temperate 25 degrees and dead as a door nail.. Wtihout testing the battery you never know.. ignition lights, headlight may come on but bike doesn’t turn over or start could very well be your battery finally gave in and will meet you in the afterlife..
 

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Yep! This stuff is a real aggravation especially if you ride all the time. I have a trickle charger and keep forgetting to set it up for mine.
 

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It is definitely the kill switch. You should hear the fuel pump when you turn it on. If not then the kill switch is not getting contact. Flick it back and forth several times.
Flicked it a bunch this morning, along with everything else that can be jiggled or futzed with without taking anything apart. I am gonna bring contact cleaner home with me tonight and say a few prayers to the motorcycling gods
 

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Confirmed. It was indeed the kill switch contacts being corroded. Sprayed it down with contact cleaner and she fired right up like a champ. Gonna put a thin bead of RTV around the seam of the switch case before I put it back together, hopefully that will keep it from happening in the future. Thanks everyone for the advice.
 

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great to hear that was all it was. Honda must be slipping pretty bad on these things because a few of the CB1100's have had the same problem
 
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