Last year I was riding along and the bike began to misfire and it acted like it was going to shut down. All the electronics would flicker on and off. When I found a spot to pull over and shut the bike off it wouldn't start again. So I trailered it home and left it in the garage for the winter. It gets kind of cold here and I really didn't find the time to work on it over winter. A few weeks ago I started guessing my way to a solution. I checked the error codes and got a "low voltage" error. My first thought was the battery since it was 5 years old and an aftermarket so I bought a new one (Harley) just to make sure it wasn't a weak battery. Well, after I changed the battery it cranked over real slow but wouldn't start. I tried again and the only thing I got was the clicking sound from the starter relay. I started looking for ground wires and cleaned all terminals that I could see. I checked voltage readings at the solenoid and it was over 13 volts. I then checked to see if I got voltage from the wire that leads to the actuator in between the solenoid and starter. I got 0 volts at rest, and 0 volts when I pushed the start button on the handlebar. So I did some research and found out how to jump the solenoid. I took a piece of heavy gauge wire and jumped the solenoid from the post on top of the solenoid to the tab that powers the actuator. The bike cranked over twice slow and then fired up. I pulled the starter relay and I had 12 to 13 volts at the top terminal. I still wasn't happy about the starter not rolling over fast so I began to move some of the wiring under the seat so that I could get to the back of the fuse panel. The key was still on and when I touched the ignition switch wires they were hot to the touch. Are the ignition switch wires normally hot to the touch? If not, any ideas on what would cause this? Should I do a better test of the starter? Maybe jump the starter directly from the battery with wire and a push button start switch? Any way to test the starter in the bike? I'm at a loss here and I don't know what to test or change next. The bike is carbureted and the only mod that I've done that involves electrical was to put 16" ape hangers on it and run the wires through the bars.