Problem: won't start
Bike: 2005 VN750 with new sealed battery installed alittle over a year ago.
I went out one morning to take the bike to work and would turn but would not start. Repeated attempts to start it resulted with the bike backfiring. Not wishing to anger the still sleeping neighborhood, and to get to work on time I decided to put the bike back in the garage and take the car. Put the battery on a charger that night but the whole process was repeated the next morning. Tried again the following day, this time it would not even turn. I just got a click from the starter relay.
I checked the starter relay and it passed the test defined in the clymer book. One thing I did notice is that when starting the with just the bike in neutral the start relay makes a single click. If you hold the clutch in the relay makes a fastly repeated clicking sound - this may be normal, I'm not sure. The cluch cable does need adjusted (when pulling it, it kind of steps or catches) but don't think thats related to the starting problem.
I took the starter off the bike. I could turn the shaft by hand. At first it was kind of hard but it lossened up, other than that everything seemed ok. I hooked a battery to it and it turned. I put the starter back on the bike and once again only clicks.
I was starting to worry that the engine had seized, until I was able to drift it down the driveway and pop into 1st. Happily it started to turn but without enough speed it died out. Then I pushed it part way up a hill, drifted it down, popped it in gear and it started. After I shut it off, I tried to restart it and it just clicked. Next I tried a using my cars battery to jump it - no good. Next tried discontecting the lead to the starter and hooked the car battery directly to the starter and still nothing. Does not sound like anything is happening to the starter.
So hears the question: Why would the starter turn when it is off of the bike but not when it is on the bike? Is it in a weakened state whereas it is unable to turn the engine? A new starter is $382 so before I by one I would like to make sure that the less that two year old orginal is bad.