We have a 2007 HD Ultra Glide, purchased 3 months ago. After our last ride of about 600 miles, we washed the bike and parked it in the garage. Now it will not start. (this is the 3rd ride of about the same distance with no trouble) The lights are bright and not fading.
Our inital thought was something was wet from the wash. It is about 107 in Phoenix today and the bike has had 2 days to dry. Nothing but our arm-pits remain damp for long in this heat.
We could purchase a battery charger or a new battery if that is the most likely cause. Needless to say we know which end of the wrench to use, but bearly. The next option is the Harley shop that is about 5 miles away, further than I want to push the bike.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Re: The bike will not start
Just a couple questions, then I'll see if I can point you in the right direction. Did you purchase from the dealer or individual? What exactly is it doing when you hit the switch?
If I don't get back to you tonight, I will tomorrow morning. It's a beautiful evening here in Missouri The hurricane has pushed some real nice 70 degree weather up here, and it beats the hell out of the 100 degree heat we've been having. So, I'm gonna ride.
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test or replace your ignition module,and you might find the actual prob by accident the connector for the module sometimes with age lose or only have intermittant contact.a can of electrical contact cleaner should take care of it but those symptoms scream ignition mod dont know why hd dealer couldnt find it but they dont put their best techs on older bikes
Either you have a dead short in your wireing or your battery is not charging fully. Use a volt meter your battery will have 12 volts start the bike and it should read 13 plus then take it up to 2000 rpm above idle anyway it should read 14 plus. If you dont have these numbers then you have a stator or regulator problem or both. You may be geting a slight charge when running but not enough to keep the battery peaked out.
Very common on h-d big twins for the last 75 years or so. These bikes have a dry sump oil system which means you have 2 oil pumps, feed and scavenge. The feed pump is very puny compaired to the scavenge, so at idle (especially when hot) it carries only a couple of pounds of pressure and that is all you need. The scavenge pump has a much greater capacity because if it can't keep up the crancase will start filling up and the crank will start slogging through the oil, killing performance. These bikes are equipped with hydraulic valve lifters which will start clanking loudly if you have a real oil pressure problem. Enjoy your ride and don't sweat it.
use a good brand of synthetic 20-50 in everything the primary fluid will last around 10,000mi the tranny fluid the same and the engine around 6000mi the tranny takes 3/4qt the pri takes 7/8qt and the engine gets 2 3/4qt check the levels with bike upright check engine oil level after warm up top off as needed
really need more info on bike, not much to go on. if it is fuel injected, the first culprit i would check is the temperature sensor. on start up, you need a richer mix and thus higher idle. if a carb bike, i would first check ignition timing because if something is mis-skewing and the advance is too much, it will idle higher
Have not worked on an HD but my thoughts and additional guesses would be: 1. fuel contamination (water at bottom of tank); 2. primary pump (in my case it was inside the fuel tank & might not be present in your bike); 3. fuel lines & clamps to & from primary pump or to the carbs; 4. in line filters; 5. vacuum controlled fuel valve (oppose to the usual manual petcock) 6. if it were the MAP sensor, bike wouldn't even run a block away + idling would be rough; 7. by chance are you using a Power Commander?
Also your post "bike will start and run fine for a few blocks then die" indicates that indeed fuel got into the carbs before but not when running meaning the bike used what was inside the bowl and was not replenished. Alternately, the fuel flow to the carbs might not be sufficient and there is a leak or a blockage somewhere.
As said might not work for your bike but has come across some of the above on numerous occasions.