I'm "almost" totally ignorant of electrical issues, so forgive a basic question.
I just R & R-ed my original French starter, and need to bench-test before re-install. It was working fine before I did this, and I fervently hope that it still does. I cracked off a piece of the VERY brittle Bakelite cap that holds the brushes, (be careful of that spring - STRONG - if it slips from your grasp, it can crack the Bakelite) but it was just a small chunk so I think all is well . . .the brush still has plenty of "walls" to hold it firmly in place.
I plan to connect my Odyssey battery (via fused link) to the starter - ground the NEG black wire to the case & connect POS (+) red to the main starter connector.
I think I need to run a jumper from the "little" solenoid terminal blade connector and touch (quick and short) the other end to the POS (+) to actuate the solenoid and test the starter?
Again, I know to just give it a one-second shot, and not crank the thing w/o load.
I guess I'm concerned that this test might by-pass some protective circuit hidden deep within the innards of the fab R1100RS, and end up with French Fry (sorry, couldn't resist.)
THANKS to everyone for all the expert help. I really appreciate it.