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Bike won't start:( - June 12, 2010, 02:52 PM

The bike hasn't been ridden since I purchased it 3 weeks ago. I do start it up every day to keep the battery from dying, but yesterday I went to start it and it cranked up very sluggish. I knew something was up when that happened so after about 10min of having it sit their running it completely shut down on me. I hit the power switch and it just clicks,and clicks.. I gave the battery a jump and the bike turned on, but as soon as I turn it off the bike won't come back on its own..horn,signals, dash lights still come on though.

Is this the sign I need a newbattery?
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June 12, 2010, 03:00 PM

You need to charge your battery. Starting it every day drained the battery. The battery does not charge unless you are at highway speeds or close to it. So every day you used more juice than you were putting in. Bikes have very small alternators.

So put it on a charger, or jump it and take it for a good spin down the highway and I bet you will be fine.
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^ correct, but dying after 10 mins at idle won't be fixed by a quick spin with the RPMs above 4k.

just go buy a new battery.
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June 12, 2010, 09:03 PM

Battery tender. Cheap, reliable. You may even save your existing battery by letting it "tend" for a couple days.
Besides, if you buy a battery now you will end up in the same boat if you don't keep it charged.


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June 13, 2010, 07:15 PM

Sounds like my freakin day. Hope you got it running.



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^ correct, but dying after 10 mins at idle won't be fixed by a quick spin with the RPMs above 4k.

just go buy a new battery.

I said "good" spin, not quick spin. A good spin would be a few hours or so.

Or just throw money at it instead of trying to salvage a battery that might have many more years of life in it.
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