To Start up or not to Start up... that is her question
First....I want to say thanks to all the good advice I have learned here. Hopefully, I can get my Vulcan up and running with everyone's help.
So, I purchased a used 1997 Vulcan 750 this winter as a starter bike for my partner. She is actually joining Dykes on Bikes here and we both are excited about the Vulcan. (I'm a Harley Gal and love the pick up of the 750) I took her out for her first training ride in a parking lot and after a good hour or so of riding, she took a break to rest. When she went to start the bike, the bike would turn over but not start. I would keep trying and then would come a backfire followed by a dead battery. I would get the bike started by popping the clutch and immediately ride it home for her.
I charged up the battery and a week later I pulled the Vulcan out to do another training for her. The bike started right up and she practiced for 2 hours before the bike wouldn't start again. The exact same thing happened, the bike would turn over but not start, then backfired, then the battery would die and then no turning over of the starter. Again, we popped the clutch and got the bike home.
This week I spent lots of time reading this site and tried some of the following:
1) Used Volt Meters to check the battery while the bike was on. The bike appeared to be around 12/13 volts at regular idle.
2) Reved engine while volt meter was on the battery and the volt meter did go up to what looked like 15 volts. It was hard to hold the connecters on the battery and rev the engine while looking at the volt meter. Regardless, the meter went up with the rev of the engine.
3) I took the wet cell battery out and took it to the parts place to test. I was guessing the battery could be it but it tested ok and I didn't need to replace it. So, the battery checked out.
4) I then changed the settings on my volt meter to check the ohms of the regulator. I found I had resistence on everything though I dont think they are within specs of what I found listed on the website. I am considering replacing this.
At this point I am really confused on what the problem could be. Any other ideas or suggestions how I can fix this?
1) Maybe there is some heat sensor that keeps the bike from starting when hot and this needs to be replaced
2) There is a short somewhere that is draining the battery while on
3) Maybe a short in the ignition
5) I bought a lemon