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Old 16th July 2015
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Default Loose negative battery connection

Hello, my bike is a 2009 1200 custom. Recently on a ride lost power (engine). While this happened the speedometer dropped down to almost 0. I hadn't slowed that much. Power loss was brief and sporadic. Also stopped at a light and the engine and battery light came on. I made it home.
Checked the battery (its pretty new) the negative terminal was lose. Tightened it up and used some lock tight. Im thinking this was the problem. Havent taken a ride yet. A little nervous. Does this sound a likely fix for this issue and does anyone have other (trouble shooting ) suggestions to look into. Thanks for any help. ricko
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Loose and corroded cables are a common source of problems. Take it for a spin.

You will at least know that its not the cables..

But the symptoms match a bad cable.
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Thanks, im hoping thats it. Ill take it out tomorrow and see what happens. Nice bike.
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Welcome to the forum family from a swamp in Michigan. You can also add a small zip-tie around the battery post and cable end, helps a lot keeping things tight.
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Thanks sportsterpaul. Im in a swamp in south jersey. Used to live in kalamazoo. Thanks for the zip tie tip. If the locktite fails i'll try it.
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Thanks sportsterpaul. Im in a swamp in south jersey. Used to live in kalamazoo. Thanks for the zip tie tip. If the locktite fails i'll try it.
Welcome to the forum from sunny Italy and another former Kalamazooan.
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Welcome from Missouri. I had the most trouble with the ground to frame connection.
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I've never used Loctite on battery connections. It's a good idea once or twice a year to put a wrench on every fastener. These old Milwaukee vibrators are constantly attempting to shed parts...
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Very true on all points.
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Welcome from Missouri. I had the most trouble with the ground to frame connection.
Ditto on the welcome. The negative to frame/motor is THE most common electrical issue on decades of Sportsters.
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