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Hi. I have recently installed a new battery as the old one had died over the winter. I charged the battery overnight but when I disconnected the charger and turned the ignition switch there was nothing, no lights or anything. Any ideas?

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Have you checked it is showing 12v ? check fuses and all connections !

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SOURCE: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom - sat the winter,

Did you connect the poles correctly and are the bolts tight to keep good contacts?
Try usin a trickle charger to jump the battery.

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SOURCE: Harley won't start ... starter not working

That clicking sound you are hearing may be a circuit breaker tripping indicating a short circuit somewhere. I think the starter circuit is powered by the ignition circuit. If you have a short circuit in your ignition system the breaker will trip killing power to your ignition, thus the engine dying, and preventing power for the starter circuit preventing the bike from being restarted.

On your bike, I believe there is a chrome coil cover over the coil on the left side of the bike. Check and see if this cover has come loose. I've seen them come loose and fall down on the coil connector on top of the coil shorting it out. If that ain't it, just keep looking, there's a short somewhere. Good Luck

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SOURCE: 2006 HD Softail Deluxe. Has a new battery. Driven

Check the battery voltage. Without the charger on it, it should have about 12.5 volts. With the charger on it, it should read somewhere around 14.0 - 14.5 volts. When you try to start the bike, if the battery voltage drops below 9 volts, the battery is bad.

I know you said that the battery is new but some people call a battery that is two years old new. The solftail is notoriously rough on batteries. The reason is that the battery is "inside" the horseshoe oil tank. The hot oil in the tank exposes the battery to higher temperature levels that on other models. Also, motorcycle batteries are subjected to more vibration that car batteries. So, "new" has different meaning on a motorcycle battery. Still, I've seen brand new batteries go bad. Take the battery out and take it to an automotive parts house. They'll usually load test the battery free of charge for you.

If it turns out that you battery checks good, make sure that all your electical connections to it are clean. Follow the positive cable down to the starter and make sure this connection is good as well.

The flickering lights tells me that you either have an internal short in the battery or a very bad electical connection to the battery somewhere. Good Luck.

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SOURCE: Hi the battery goes flat overnight,new battery and

To find the drain could be very time consuming. If you place an ammeter in line with the battery, then remove fuses as you go and monitor when the drain stops, that will place you in the right area.
I had a similar problem years ago with and old Harley and it turned out to be battery acid spillage over the starter solenoid that was leaking electrically.
Hope you find it soon.

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