Question about 2001 Harley Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider

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After riding about an hour the battery gets very hot

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  • joelbrown69 Aug 06, 2010

    thank you very much i will give it a try

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Check the output of your voltage regulator. To do this, use a DVOM (digital volt ohm meter). Connect the red meter lead to the positive terminal and the black meter lead to the negative terminal. Put the meter's function switch in the "DC volts, 20 volt or higher range". Start the bike up and bring it to a fast idle. You should be reading between 14.5 and 14.8 volts. Any higher and your battery is being overcharged. If this is the case, replace the voltage regulator.

If the voltage is reading correctly, you may have a battery that is about ready to give up the ghost. I'd take it to an automotive parts store and ask them to load test it for me. Usually, they'll do this at no charge. If the battery is over two years old, it's possible that it's getting ready to fail.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

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    wd4ity Aug 06, 2010

    If you wind up needing a new battery, I'd suggest the H-D battery. They now sell a GasMat battery that is second to none on the market and it's competitively priced. If you'll purchase either a Battery Tender or a Yuasa charger designed for this battery (a smart charger) and connect it to the battery whenever the bike is not being ridden, you can get as much as five years use out of this battery. I have one in '94 Wide Glide right now and it's over five years old and still starts the bike like it was new. Finally, something that Harley sells that is actually worth what they want for it.

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