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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Starting issue

I brought a new MF battery sometime last month. Did the install according to the instructions, but since my bike was getting work done I just let it on the tender the whole time. Well I took the bike out the other day quick and I did panic stop and stalled the bike. The bike would not turn over and kept acting like it was a dead battery. Pushed it home, I was literally down the street, and had the key off while I pushed it home. When I got home before I put the cover on it I tried to see if it would turn over and it did. Something with the battery? Or something else?

I am really getting sick of the condition of this bike and wonder what was going through the previous owners head.

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My first thought is you need to clean and/or tighten the battery cables. Check that both ends of each cable are clean and tight.


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Both connections are tight and clean, will check for volts with the ignition on later on.

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When you turn the key to the on position and it doesn't start, do the neutral and oil lights on the insturment panel come on? Do the running lights come on? All my lights would come on but it wouldn't turnover or click. I had to clean the ignition switch contacts.
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When I turn the key to the on position, the neutral and oil lights come on all the time. All lights come on, even the head light now that I did the headlight rewire. I have replaced the ignition switch with a brand new one to fix my turn signal issue I had. After I keep trying to crank it I do believe that time the head light did go off.

Are those two lights supposed to go on?

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My starter motor sucked too many amps preventing the engine from starting. I cleaned the armature, replaced the brushes, and wham-o easier starts. That was 7 or 8 years ago and I can tell it's time to clean again.

BTW - not all 'battery tenders' work with AGM batteries. I found this out the hard way using the BELL battery maintenance charger. Fried my Sears AGM but they replaced it anyway (go SEARS!) and told me NOT to use a 'float type' battery tender.

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Are those two lights supposed to go on?
If by "those two lights" you mean the Oil (red light) and Neutral (green light), then yes they should be glowing when the key is in the On position. Well I guess technically the Neutral light will only be glowing if the bike is in neutral, mine usually is when I'm starting it. The two front running lights (amber lights on sticks) are also on. My headlight is off. When I press the starter button the bike starts and the headlight comes on and the Oil light goes off.

As far as I know I have a stock 2003 Vulcan 750. I bought it used so who knows if the guy(s) before me changed something.

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Ok guys mine does the same darn thing will run great at times but is hard to start very cold natured beast...after a day of riding in Aug last year shut it off to cross the ferry at cave in rock and had to push it to the parking lot ...I was so peed off....put a new battery in when we got home and a month later it did it again ...seems to only not want to start if i turn it off with the kill switch ....been just turning the key off but I had a blonde moment the other day and forgot and hit the switch...wouldn't start had to put a battery charger on it but the battery didn't click it just didn't have enough juice to turn it over ....somebody help before I do something drastic to her......

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Ok guys mine does the same darn thing will run great at times but is hard to start very cold natured beast...after a day of riding in Aug last year shut it off to cross the ferry at cave in rock and had to push it to the parking lot ...I was so peed off....put a new battery in when we got home and a month later it did it again ...seems to only not want to start if i turn it off with the kill switch ....been just turning the key off but I had a blonde moment the other day and forgot and hit the switch...wouldn't start had to put a battery charger on it but the battery didn't click it just didn't have enough juice to turn it over ....somebody help before I do something drastic to her......
You're not forgetting to turn the key off after killing it with the kill switch, are ya? That is something that I might do.

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Nah I live in town you don't leave the keys in anything not even the lawnmower....will do fine if I don't use to stop/run switch to turn it off.....

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metzler 880 on the rear in May 2009
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wanting to add a highway bar


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