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Starter just clicks 2009 Triumph Speedmaster

In cooler/colder days, whenever I try to start the bike all I hear is a click. The starter does not turn and the battery meters just fine. I've had the battery load tested, and checked twice now and both times they say the battery is fine but when I hook a set of jumper cables up to the bike it fires up just fine. It even starts right after I turn the bike off and try to start it again. Please help the bike is only 10 months old and it's annoying to have this issue with a new bike. @

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    James Hary Dec 02, 2019

    I have a 2009 America which is basically the same as Speedmaster. The "click" problem is caused because of an electrical design flaw. The headlight is on throughout the starting process which draws down enough current to make the CPU abort the starting process and you just get "click". I fixed the problem by installing a toggle switch on the headlight so I can turn it off when starting. My bike is now 100% dependable and starts every time. Even in cold weather and my bike is in an un-heated garage with no electric to hook up a battery tender.

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I had the same prob.after many calls to my triumph dealer it wAS FINALLY SOLVED.as i only ride short distance to and from work i was drawing more power during the shut down mode by the onboard comp thaen i was charging.mechanic got hie laptap and put it on "city charge".have not had the prob since. Paul Australia

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Hi, Militarymoos before testing any electrical component in the Starter Circuit it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage, the battery is faulty and must be replaced. AGM type batteries fall into this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries. Depending on battery voltage starter relays and starter solenoids can make the same noise when you hit the starter button. You can easily determine which one is at fault by two simple tests:
STARTER RELAY- place your thumb and index finger on the starter relay and press the starter button, if you feel the click then the relay is faulty and needs to be replaced.
STARTER SOLENOID- bridge the positive and negative poles of the solenoid with a small screwdriver if you get a loud clunk then the solenoid needs to be rebuilt or replaced as necessary. If the engine turns over then replace the starter relay.
A motorcycle starter relay is an electronic mechanical switch that has a small coil winding around a piece of metal that requires low amperage and thin wires to be activated. When you turn on your ignition switch power 12 volts is sent to the relay coil which in turn becomes a magnetic contact point that pulls a spring-loaded contact point to itself completing an electrical circuit that allows more amperage necessary to be accessed by the starter solenoid which in turn acts in the same way as the relay but on a larger scale with its stronger heavier contacts making available the necessary amperage to turn the starter motor. If your battery has low voltage it, in turn, makes the magnetic contact point weak in trying to pull its counterpart to make a connection. These relays are usually encased in a plastic housing that is sealed, depending on the quality of the product. When activated they will produce a small amount of heat to their metal components which in turn can create the perfect environment for condensation to form depending on weather conditions and how careless you may be with a water hose or sprayer while washing your bike. After a period of time, several months to several years depending on the circumstances this condensation is the starter button for electrolysis and the slow build-up of corrosion which ends by preventing the magnetic contacts in making a solid connection and alerts you to this situation with the customary greeting "CLICK or BUZZ" if you get a single loud "CLUNK" then the starter solenoid is at fault and needs to be rebuilt or replaced as necessary. The relay is inexpensive and needs to be replaced however in a pinch they can be forcibly opened cleaned and resealed with silicone. In a nutshell, motorcycle starter relays take in low amperage and send out higher amperage when activated and for curious minds, the voltage remains constant at whatever your battery reads at the time.
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It sounds to me like you have either lose conections as sugested above check the conections both at the battery & the starter or that you hve a sticky starter solonoid however being that the machine is less than 12 months old I would be returning it to the dealer for repiar under waranty

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Chec the connects at the batt to the cables-its most likely not tite enuf-corrosion posible too--no wheelies!

Posted on Mar 04, 2010

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    Arnie Burke Oct 20, 2010

    a 12 volt battery must read 12.6v to be fully charged @ 12.3 its only 50% and at 12v its 0%--if u dont use bike alot buy a batt maintainer-an inexpensive slow charger that u keep on but will shut off when batt is full

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