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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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So my bike was sitting in the garage (Milwaukee, WI) most of the winter.
Came spring, I got a new battery and gave it a full charge.
The strange thing is only starts when I jump start it.
I leave it on with a 2 to 3 RPM for a few minutes. and it might start again right away (no jump start). However, if I leave it off for 10 min, it only starts by jump starting.
Any clues of what the issue might be?
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make sure the battery is good if its an autozone battery they r junk they sold me 3 defective ones in a week i ended up getting one from ebay and it hasnt let me down yet its a wps sealed battery they make a li-ion one too its around 99 bucks i paid 40 for the one i got and dont have any problems with it
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Get the battery load tested. Is it a AGM or regular wet battery?

Make sure to get a AGM battery (or better). The WalMart ones have not let me down. They're just rebranded YUASA.

http://wiki.vulcan750.net/index.php?..._AGM_Batteries

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This is almost humorous. This is the exact issue the previous owner said was the problem with the Vulcan I bought yesterday. I only bumped it to confirm it wasn't seized before bringing it home. This afternoon I try to start it, and smell something burning. Pulled the seat off and the brand new battery the PO installed is melting the negative terminal. Yup, autozone battery. I suspect the terminal wasn't tight and was arcing.

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