Question about Harley Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic Motorcycles
Hooked the battery up to a tender, now the lights flash when I try to start it and the starter switch wont work
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The battery tender I have installed on my 2006 Street Glide is wired directly to the battery + & - post and has a guick connector that you can plug the charging unit into when needed. Mine was purchased from the Harley Davidson Dealer for around $35.00 No need to remove seat or anything after the installation.
Posted on Nov 27, 2008
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.
Posted on Apr 12, 2010
SOURCE: Battery Problem
yes it is possible that its bad and you can tell by after you charge it with the tender, take a voltage reading, it should be about 12.6v-12.8v on a fresh charge, if it just shows 12.0v that's not enough and one of the cells might have went bad.
Posted on May 03, 2010
The best place to store a battery is in the back of your refrigerator, but you don't want to do that.Your battery will hibernate in the cold, but will age in the warmth. Your car battery is outside all winter and it does not freeze. I put my batteries in a tray, fully charge them and leave them in the garage, topping them up one or twice during the winter and once before installation in the spring. If a battery freezes I would have had to replace it anyway it would not have been good for the season anyway. Put your battery on a different charger and have your battery load tested at a shop. You either have a defective battery, or a defective battery tender, or both. At any rate warm storage for batteries is bad, cool or cold is better for longevity.
Posted on May 16, 2010
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