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My bike, 2018 VT750C2B Honda Shadow Phantom just started not starting right away. When I press the ignition button, it hesitates a couple seconds before turning on. I'm worried eventually it won't turn on at all. Until now it started right up. Any ideas what's going on?

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Try cleaning the start switch contacts first. They get corroded and won't make good contact.
Be careful of a coupe of small parts.

 

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I'm with @swifty2014. Sounds like the contacts are starting to corrode. At two years old, I'm surprised it's doing it so soon. Do you live on the east or west coast where the air is salty?

First thing I'd do is double check the battery cable connections, though.

At any rate, it's nothing serious that you have to worry about, though.
 

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A 2018 I am thinking may be too new for corrosion but is it electronic PGM etc? Are you just touching the start button or holding it?
 

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A 2018 I am thinking may be too new for corrosion but is it electronic PBM etc? Are you just touching the start button or holding it?
What's electronic PBM? I held the ignition button and it did nothing for a couple of seconds before starting. Pretty sure it wasn't operators failure, engaging clutch ect...because I wouldn't do that while the button was pressed. It was strange. But it happened several times.

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He might be referring to the new systems where you only have to press the button/turn the key for a second, then the starter engages on its own until the engine starts.
 

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Do you mean it cranks for a few seconds just fine, but doesn't fire up?
That is a different story.
This a fuel injection system and maybe the fuel pressure regulator is seeping off the pressure in the line, and it take a couple of seconds to built up to the 50 pounds it needs to spray through the injectors. It happens on cars that way.
 

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What's electronic PBM? I held the ignition button and it did nothing for a couple of seconds before starting. Pretty sure it wasn't operators failure, engaging clutch ect...because I wouldn't do that while the button was pressed. It was strange. But it happened several times.

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Sorry, typing error as I was trying to type PGM ie Programmed fuel injection. So to clarify what is happening is you press the starter and then the engine does not start right away but does start?

Starting these systems is different than an older choke etc. The starting procedure is NO throttle. Press the starter button and dont hold it. Engine needs to do a few things before starting and Honda mentions a few seconds may go by. If engine is starting and running well a 1 or 2 second delay is OK.
 
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