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Battery is the problem.

I purchased the bike on 2007. the battery was fine for six months. from then till now, the battery develops a whitish salt layer on the negative electrode contact surface where the connection is made. this made the metal contact to get rusted and weakened, one day it broke. so i made the electrical contact by cleaning it and soldering the wire to the small remaining piece of the contact. some said that the electrolyte would have been leaking and the mechanic applied a brownish paste like thing to stop such layer formation. but is of no use and still the layer develops though i clean it periodically. this has made the battery weak causing the self start not to work.

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The battery may be the problem. Batteries for bikes are not long lasting. Just sitting idle can cause them to deteriorate. Your battery, cold should read 12.6 volts, That is at 100%. If it isn't, replace it. If the bike isnt going to be used for awhile its best to leave it on a fully automatic, battery minder. They range from $40 to $75. I would also replace the thin, damaged connector, going to the battery posts. It will cause extra resistance and will cause you other problem down the road. Poor battery condition, bad battery cable connections, and dry unprotected connections can result in that white ashy corrosion that you see on the posts. You dont need any fancy chemicals. Vaseline works great.

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