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Motorcycle wont start

I turned the ignition key and all of the lights went on as expected then when I tried to start the bike everything went dead. I don't know if it's the battery or an electrical problem. The battery is over a year old and the bike has been running fine up to a few days ago. Any suggestions?

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  • andrewmoran Aug 06, 2008

    I have a similar problem with my 99 Sportster 1200. Turn it and all i get is a loud "CLICK". Took apart and cleaned all relays, checked fuses.



    Odd thing is, I pop started it and and ran, although very poorly. The tach and speedometer where spinning in circles, the digital odometer was flashing random numbers and the headlights would flicker on and off.



    Something is shorted - any suggestions where to start?

  • andrewmoran May 11, 2010

    Hey Pyrhyc,



    Thanks for the initial suggestions - both make perfect sense. However, I've done both and exact same situation still. I hate electrical problems!!! I've tried cleaning and fully charging the batter too, as well as loosening and adjusting the starter at the suggestion thats sometimes the starter can become misaligned.



    At any rate, I'm bringing my bike to the shop Wednesday, and I'll let you know whats up. My thoughts at this point - a wire must be fried or something is not grounded properly. I'd rather bring it to someone to figure that part out.


    Cheers,



    Andrew

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Check the battery connections, especially if you hear a click just before it goes dead. I know that on my bike, when this happens, the screws that hold the battery cables in place have backed out and not getting a good contact. You would think that with a bad contact that it would stay dead when you turn the key off then back on, but oddly, everything comes back on normally until I hit the starter button. Check the cables.

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    Ryan Rogers Aug 07, 2008

    andrewmoran, your problem is going to be with the voltage regulator or bad relay. If it were just a bad battery contact, you wouldn't have the inconsistency issues with the tach, speedo, lights, and running rough. Try changing out the regulator, if this doesn't cure it, then it's going to be a relay.

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