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Battery cables carry a high Amp load when starting. If the cables are not Tight enough, Or Clean enough you will have a high resistance connection. Under high amp draws there will be a significant heat build up at the connection. Thru expansion and contraction of the posts and connectors the connection will become even looser. Sometimes to the point you'd think someone loosened them. If you lubricate the connections with a good electrical grease, [Vasoline works well in a pinch] and tighten them properly, chances are good you will have a good connection for years. This was probably the No1 most frequent problem we had when I was in a Marine engine repair shop. Biggest cause, which doesn't apply much to Motorcycles, Marine batteries come with wing nuts, Wing nuts are the Worst way to connect a battery cable. We use SS Star lock washers and SS
Nuts, lubricated and tightened properly with a wrench. Very few problems.
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I quite often got to my bike in the morning and get nothing or
'click-click-click'. It's ALWAYS a loose terminal or battery strap. How the hell she loosens it off by herself overnight I'll never know!
Mice....perhaps?
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Hi guys - just new to the forum and have to say its great but I was hoping to pick someone's brain about a problem with my wife's 07 1200r. She dropped it last Saturday but we got it up and no problems were found - hardly even a scratch. She rode it about 70 miles back home and the next day i washed it and took it for a spin with no trouble. 6 days later i went out to start it and the battery was completely dead. I put a voltmeter on it and it showed 0.03volts - any ideas?
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Hi guys - just new to the forum and have to say its great but I was hoping to pick someone's brain about a problem with my wife's 07 1200r. She dropped it last Saturday but we got it up and no problems were found - hardly even a scratch. She rode it about 70 miles back home and the next day i washed it and took it for a spin with no trouble. 6 days later i went out to start it and the battery was completely dead. I put a voltmeter on it and it showed 0.03volts - any ideas?
Have you read the entire thread? Once you check everything as suggested, post back.
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Two starting and/or running problems.
Bad key switch: accelerated wear by allowing keys to blow in wind.
Fuel petcock: vacuum leak, no fuel flow.
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Remember a circuit ONLY works when it is complete (when it makes a circle, from the positive side of the power source, through a load and back to the negative side of the power source).

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this statement is slightly misleading. common ground is required not a perfect loop.
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I'm having the same issue with my '07 1200 Custom with 535 miles on it. I've had the "turn it on, press start, hear a click, all lights go out" issue 3 times so far. I actually caught it on video one time.

I'm going out right now and doing the suggested tightening of everything.

This is the type of thing I wanted to avoid by paying $10K for a NEW bike!
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update: I pull out the battery and the positive side I could wiggle the wires back and forth. On the negative side the bolt I could twist with my fingers!

So, I tightened and went for a ride and it seems to run smoother with less "huccups"....

Ah go figure.......the simplest things....
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Had a similar problem the other day. Went to start my sport and the lights didn't some on. Figured I didn't turn my key all the way off. Comes out in the ACC position. I hooked my charged up for a while and got the click-click-click. An of course being the patient Gen-X'er I turned my charger to 50 amp jump mode hit the started and poof nothing no light. So this weekend I get to check fuses and some wiring to see what I fried. Being the brilliant aircraft electrician I should have known better. 02 sportster is a little more touchy than a 60' CH-46.
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Heres one for you guys to ponder I got a 78 xlh i was having a charging problem so i replaced the generator cause the brushes and stuff were shot. When i replaced that i also put in a new battery and regulator. I got it started and running then i went to start it up a day later all i got was the usual click i at the relay i checked all connections everything was fine. I then checked the voltage coming out of the solenoid and i was getting 1.94 volts so i figured that must have went also. So i replaced the starter solenoind and relay. And boom it fired right. Well I needed to adjust the carb so i was working on that so i get it pretty well set up then i shut the bike off and thought i am good to go. I go back out and try to start it it turned off a couple times then i got the click again. I checked everything like the first time and low and behold the solenoid was doing the same thing. I checked for continuity and here i am getting a ground from the starter. I pulled the starter out of the bike and pulled it apart and found a good bit of wires inside were pretty bare. WOuld anyone know if this could be causing me to blow the starter solenoid. ALso does anyone know if the starter solenoid might still be good if is showing some voltage through it. I am going to the indy today to get a new starter but i was hoping i might not be able to save the fifty it will cost for a new solenoid. thanks for the help guys
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