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2001 1200C - no pwer when ignition switch is on. As soon as i connect a trickle charger all power comes on. Bike starts but no odometer, and speedo does not work. engine sounds like it is not firing correctly and when throttle is moved it sounds like it is going to die out. Lights are dim at idle. all connections were checked for tightness. next step is to check battery voltage....what to check after that?

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I'd take the battery out and have it checked. Just because a battery checks 12 volts with a voltmeter doesn't mean it's good. Put a bit of a load on it and cells start shorting out. Take it to an automotive parts store. Usually they can load test the battery for you.

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