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1988 sporter want start just make clicking sound my battery is charge the cables is tight all i get is a clicking sound

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Tap the starter,, you may show 12v as the charge on the battery , but it may not have the amps required to turn over the bike, Harleys are known for high amps needed to start , see if jumping starts it, if so,, replace the battery

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