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What causes battery to be drained on 97 honda ACE 1100? seems it may be the starter switch on the handlebar but I am not sure that connection would drain the battery. The switch, over the past couple of years makes contact but sometimes does not and I have to hold it in until the contact is good and then the bike will turn over. I recently put in a new battery as the old one drained over winter. Now with a new battery, it ran fine for a bit, then all of the sudden died. Thought maybe I blew a fuse as ''nothing'' was happening, ni lights, no nothing. went to take the battery out and found the connection a tad loose as allof the sudden I had lights but not enough battery power to turn it over or start. Battery is on charger now.

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  • laddie22 May 25, 2010

    When you start the bike, switch headlights on and accelerate. See if lights become sharper when you do. If not it is not charging in the first place and riding it drains it gradually. see if the lights are sharp when idling and go worse when cutting engine.


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At this point sounds like just the loose connection to the battery. What you need to do is check with a volt meter to see if it is charging its a simple test if you have a volt ohm meter or just take it to your local shop depending where your battery is located it a very quick check to determine if you have a charging problem.
As for the handle bar switch start button there is some carbon built up on the contact use contact cleaner for this.
Otherwise looks like your good to go

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