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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-24-2010, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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I bought my Vulcan about 3 months ago, it is a 1994 with about 9,000 miles on it. It has been running great all summer until today, when i try to start it the bike tries to turn over for a few short seconds but it doesn't start, if i continue to try it begins to make a clicking sound and no longer tries to start. The only thing I've done recently is and oil change yesterday, but it ran fine after and I dont think its related to the problem. If anyone has any info that could help it would be highly appreciated.
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i am thinking battery. if you dont have an AGM battery get one. do a search to find info on AGM batteries.

After replacing the battery report back to us if there are other issues and we can go from there.
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Thanks for the help. I realized it mite be the battery so i refilled it with water and now im waiting to find a battery charger before i spend money on a new battery. Ill let you know
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Thanks for the help. I realized it mite be the battery so i refilled it with water and now im waiting to find a battery charger before i spend money on a new battery. Ill let you know
Welcome to the Vulcan madness Agro. ( Do I detect a farm boy with that moniker?)

Get an inexpensive digital multimeter to check the battery voltage. I have a couple that I bought at a discount place for less than $10 each, and they work fine for my purposes. You want ~12.5 volts with the engine off.

With a conventional lead acid battery like you have, you should check the battery voltage every time you check the oil level, IMO.

FYI, the vn750 battery has a 14 amp hour rating, so the ideal charging rate of 10% of capacity is 1.4 amps. Most chargers have a low rate of 2 amps, which is usually ok if you keep an eye on it and stop after a max of 4-5 hours.

Get a local battery shop to do a load test if you think it is bad.

Here is a link to a good Maintenance Free-AGM battery when you need to get a new one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Deka-...item3eee173adb

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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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I just replaced a battery for my Goldwing that had a full 13.6 volts but under a load had 0.0 amps. Charger said it was fully charged. Just a FYI.

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FREE volt meter from HARBOR FREIGHT

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I just replaced a battery for my Goldwing that had a full 13.6 volts but under a load had 0.0 amps. Charger said it was fully charged. Just a FYI.
Me too.

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Me too.
me three, autozone can test it and they have a digital volt meter for $10.00
get a small packet of dielectric grease and clean all your contacts with a wire brush and coat it with the grease, (ground to frame, battery contacts etc)

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acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

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stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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1986 vn 750 aka "Huck Farley"
42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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I just replaced a battery for my Goldwing that had a full 13.6 volts but under a load had 0.0 amps. Charger said it was fully charged. Just a FYI.
My old conventional wet cell, that I tried all last summer to resurrect, did the same thing too. Finally bit the bullet this spring and bought a MF-AGM battery. The bike fired right up in about 5 - 10 seconds after sitting for over a year, (with Seafoam in the fuel. )

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9127
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