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1998 BMW R 1100 RT starter won't turn over. Bike won't start.

I have a 1998 BMW R1100 RT-P that has a starting problem. When I turn it on, the headlight comes on, the ABS lights flash, and I hear the electric "buzz" as usual. But when I push the starter, it just makes a click (the headlight dims as expected). I took the battery out, had it tested, and it's good. When I put the battery back in, it started twice easily. But then went back to not cranking after I started putting it back together.

Any insight on the what might be causing this? I can't afford another $900 trip to the BMW mechanic right now.

Thanks,

Alex.

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Alex ,
the battery is not your problem . it sound more like the starter motor giving you grief or alternator or regulator .
The electronic system on these are Bosch which are very sensitive to fluctuations of power .
Now when your starter draw power it really sucks power out of your battery and hopefully you have enough for the rest of the appliances .
the hard line of all this is that the battery may look good and hold the charge for a while but once the starter motor draw power to start the bike , you have very little power left to service the rest of power needed for the electronics . Make sure the alternator give you enough charge , test it while running , it should give you between 13.5 V to 14.8 V output or see if you accelerate the bike the headlight becomes brighter . If the light stays dole or dimms while giving a bit of gas , your alternator or regulator has a problem and will have to be tested and replaced .
have a look at all this and let me know how you go

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