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2004 sportster, engine light comes on then goes off. 12,000 miles on bike. notable; when startimg it acts like it's not going to turn over but then always does, battery is 2 years old. could this just be a battery issue? cables are very clean.

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Engine light may mean change or add oil or airfilter is dirty.make sure all hoses are still hooked up.The pause befor starting could be the battery but is more likely the start relay solenoid or the starter brushes are worn and may need cleaning or replacing.the brushes wear out and leave their dust in the starter causing the resistance in the starter to get higher over time.(slow to start spinning,and acts like battery is weak.)

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My 2007 1200 sportster's engin light stays on after it starts but then it will suddenly cut out randomly and sometimes not want to start again.

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