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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sportster won't start

My bike must have heard all the compliments I have been giving it lately, because it just wont start today. My dad heard it making a clicking noise last night and he heard it again this morning I heard it as well when I turned on the bike before I hit the ignition switch into the on position didn't here it anymore so I thought ok lets try to start it. Bad Idea because the moment I hit the ignition switch it made a really loud Clack... CLACK. I cant really pin down where the noise is coming from any help would be appreciated.

I some trouble with it earlier this week I tried to start it warm and since I was in a hurry I had left the bike in first run into the house to get something and came back out and when I tried to start it all my lights went out. I drive this bike 5 days a week about 5 minutes to work so my first thought was battery. I charged it and everything seemed fine. Now I am thinking maybe a short somewhere? please help this is my main transportation and I need to be able to get to work without borrowing my wife's car.

a little self edit I have an 07 sportster 1200c that had the anti-theft removed because the previous owner had trouble with it.

quick update: I pulled the battery out and checked fuses didn't seem to be any bad fuses but the battery was down to about 2 volts which I am assuming would run the lights but not start possibly. I am getting really worried about maybe a ground out that is slowly draining my battery. I guess I am going to have to go over the wires at some point. heading to work please post with any advice or ideas about what may be causing this.

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Is it charging? Check to see if it is charging.

Have the battery load tested after trickle charging it.

If those are both good you probably have something draining the battery. You can do a check for this as well. Let us know what you find.
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Have the battery load-tested. It could be shot. My stock battery only lasted two years.

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My stock battery on my Sportster didn't last long either.


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I put the battery in it today and have run some errands. it seems to be ok I haven't heard the clicking noise that happened since it was off yesterday. I am still worried about something draining the battery so I am prolly gonna borrow the car for job #2 tonight and take a more in depth look at the wiring tomorrow when I have some free time.
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The OEM battery in my 2006 Sporty is still good and strong. Battery Tenders are good.
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Yeah i have my battery go dead at a gas station, i just got off the interstate and was filling up my bike and i went to hit the sarter and nothing so i had to tailer it the rest of the way home because of harley's new safety thing where you cant roll it down a hill and start it.
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