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Seized starter MY 1200 SPORTSTER SPORT ran and started great but i had to park it up for about a month ,now the starter button just produces a tik tik tik noise when pushed; the engine turn over manually but nothing off the button ; the noise appears to be coming from the left side engine casing. Its a 1996 model

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  • twitchnancy Jan 23, 2009

    I have a 2004 Sporter 1200 custom. I just put a new battery in it 3 months ago. The bike hasn't been started in 3 weeks. The first couple of times I started it, it sounded like it was going to kick on for about 3 seconds. Now all I get is a clicking sound. Any help would be appreciated.



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This could be a number of problems so I would start with the easiest to fix and work my way up.

  • 1. Make sure your battery is fully charged by hooking up a Batter charger or maintainer. If the battery is suspect pull it from the bike and bring it to Autozone/Pep Boys/Garage to have a load test done to it. If all this is good the battery is not the problem.
  • 2. Check your battery connections and making sure they're tight.
  • 3. Check the connections on the starter. If you need to put a wrench on these you should disconnect the Negative wire on the battery so you don't arc out.
  • 4. Check the wiring between the starter and the relay. These have been known to burn out from time to time.
If it's still not starting the troubleshooting gets more involved and requires a Voltmeter and a Service Manual is very helpful and can save you a lot of money in Service Bills.

Good Luck

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Your battery is most likely dead. Try removing the battery from the bike and charging it with the appropriate charger overnight first (you might try taking it to have it tested while you have it out). You can try jump starting, but bike alternators are much smaller than cars so I would NOT have the donor vehicle running if you try it. That way you will know if your starter is really bad or just your battery. I bet a new battery will solve your problem for now, but why did it take only a month to go dead? Small electrical drain (parking light maybe?)

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