Bike seemed like it had flat battery when trying to start but tryed again after short pause bike fired up after a loud machanical crack and also seemed like it wasnt running on all 4 cylinder for a short while but then run sweet
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There could be a number of problems here ,It may be your regulator is playing up and draining your battery ,or you may have an earthing fault .best advice is to get an electician to check out the wiring system .It cheaper that bying diffrent components in the hope it will solve the problem.
If you have the on off and reserve petcock or fuel valve then its not the old vacuum type. If battery good time to check basics
so you see fuel squrting into the engine through the carb when throttle turned ? do you actually have spark at the plugs ?
Ck fuses and wire connections first. If no problem seen, get bike running and disconnect the ground cable @ battery. If bike dies the problem generally is in the stator or regulator assembly not keeping battery charged. Bike will run untill the battery is too low to keep the ignition system energized and the bike will die. If it continues running w/the ground disconnected, the battery could have a dead cell which will drain the battery in a very short time whether it is running or not.
got a charger and it ended up being a dead battery.---- If that's the original battery, it's probably toast. You'll probably do well to search for a replacement at this point.
Bike batteries are generally considered short-lived. The longest lasting battery I ever had in a bike went 9 years*. But that's so far away from a normal lifespan it's almost ridiculous. I suppose the average is more like 4-6 years but the modern, Maintenance-Free types seem the best.