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I recently acquired a 2009 Can Am after the passing of my father. I am having trouble starting it. It seems to start only if it wants to. I push the M button till the reader board stops, press the engine on button, start button and all the while I have my foot on the brake petal. I have tried many differect successions of this sequence but to no avail. I have gone through the whole bike checking for continuity of the fuses etc. Battery is charged up to full capacity, spark plugs look good as well. What am I missing? Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Candy

Where is Grand Ronde Or in relation to the Lewiston/Clarkston area. I have gone up the Snake river in Jet boats and see where it comes in. I don't know if Mac's Cycle in Clarkston sells Spyders yet but a friend of mine owned it and is a good shop if you need help.

You didn't say if your Spyder is a manual or electric shift so what I have experience with is the electric. On the left handle bar there is a little kind of rocker switch (front side of bar) that I hit after turning on the key. After the message stops you should be able to just hit the starter button on the right handle bar and the engine should spin right over if you are in neutral. If you are in gear you also need to press the brake lever. A couple of things that can affect starting are first the kill switch (red rocker on top right side handle bar) and a weak or dead battery.

I was just up in that area visiting my family and saw a white RT in Lewiston so I know that there is at least one other up there.
 

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Hey Corybud, Grand Ronde is about 20 miles east of Lincoln City, Oregon. Perhaps you've visited the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde. We are about 50 miles west of Salem Oregon on the way to the coast.
Idaho and the Snake River are gorgeous. I used to have an Aunt that lived in Twin Falls Idaho.
I am dealing with a automatic( electric shift) Can Am. On the left handle bar, I am trying to remember what is there. I have the Neutral and Reverse switch, as long as I press the R button to switch to reverse. I have the signal lights switch. That's all I can remember right now. I will take a look when I get home. Thanks for the help! Happy trails!
 

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Hi CPowley it sounds as if the mode button has some problems the key switch on position in nutral press mode on left bar hold and than push start button if no start continue to push mode and start button until engine starts.
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Mcaccamise....how do I know it is in neutral? Usually, it will not show me which gear it is in unless it has started. Does it always start in neutral automatically since it is not a manual? Thanks
 

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The other mode button is on the left bar you described but is on the front side. It is just a little black button. If you are in neutral it should show as soon as you turn on the key.
 

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Thank you Corybud, is this black button the same as the M button on the instrument panel? Do they have the same function? I checked my manual last night and it did not even show the MODE button on the left handle bar.
I did manage to start it last night several times but I could not tell you what sequence I used when it started. I had to try several times and changed sequences every time. Any info you can give will be appreciated. Have a great day!
 

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Yes it is the same. What I do is when I stop I try and always put it in neutral before I turn the key off. ( If you forget you will need to push the brake pedel to start it in gear)

For starting after putting on helmet and all that I throw a leg over and put the key in and turn it to the on position. Then I pull the little black button on the front of the left bar once and wait for the panel to clear then hit the starter button. If for some reason the panel does not clear I hit it again. The panel has to clear before it will start.

Keep in the back of your mind the kill switch on the right side bar. We were riding not too long after I got ours and stopped for a break. Somehow I accidently hit the kill switch getting off and when we got ready to leave mine would not start. Spent a good ten minutes plus a few choice words on that before I figured it out.
 

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The button that's being referenced on the handlebar is between the grip and the clutch lever. Took me awhile to remember it was there, but now I use it instead of the M button on the dash.
 

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Just an FYI the mode button on the dash is for tha dash settings trip mph VS kmps clock ect this mode should have nothing to do with the starting sequence
Kill switch right bar on key on left bar mode deperresed than push start on right bar if it fails to start hold start switch right bar and depress mode left bar in conjuction with start switch,my 2012 seems to have this rutine from time to time good luck.
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Just an FYI the mode button on the dash is for tha dash settings trip mph VS kmps clock ect this mode should have nothing to do with the starting sequence
Even though this thread is 8 years old, a correction is needed for new folks that might stumble across it.

All Spyders I have ever seen are designed so that to start you must either wait for the "safety information" screen to come up on the display OR you must push the MODE button to bypass that step.

So the MODE button really DOES have something to do with starting.
 
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