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My 04 HD XL 1200C sportster had a dead battery after sitting for a few months. I replaced the battery and cranked it over about five times then stopped to check the choke and fuel setting. When I went to crank it again it was completely dead. I disconnected and reconnected the battery and it started right up. I took it for a short 10 minute ride, turned it off and immediately tried to start it again but it was completely dead again. Reconnecting the battery again didn't help. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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  • tomecord Oct 10, 2010

    The battery is new and holding a charge.


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Replace the battery.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

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    DillyWackSac Oct 11, 2010

    Well you said the battery was dead again, but now your saying the battery is new and holding a charge so it sounds as if your battery isnt dead sounds like maybe a starter solenoid problem, or a bad starter switch/push button or a bad emergency shutoff switch. Sounds intermittent. When pushing the start button tap on the starter, if starts replace starter also check voltage to starter should be 12 volts. If it doesnt start then push start button and check voltage to start wire on starter should read 12 volts plus if not suspect starter relay or start switch. Also check wires coming out of emergency shutoff make sure it is open/continuity when in the start position.


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