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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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13 RGU. I keep the bike hooked up on a battery tender whenever I'm not riding. Went to ride to work today, battery tender (Harley Model) was flashing green, meaning the battery is good to go. So I unhook the tender, turn the bike on...it cranks once and then rapid fire "clickclickclickclickclick". Figured maybe the outlet was bad (have a history of that with this garage), so I changed the outlet the tender was hooked into. Not 5 seconds after hooking it up, the light on the tender starts flashing green again, but this time the bike wouldn't even crank, just "clickclickclickclickclick". When I get home tonight I'll try another charger, see if maybe my tender has crapped the bed? It's a 3 y/o stock battery, though. Might be about that time for a swap?


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 09:09 AM
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Hi "88", I would recommend getting a multimeter (VOM). Check your battery before discarding it. The mulitmeter is also nice to have checking the battery charging when your engine is running. I have no experience with the MoCo b.t. but I highly recommend the Deltran battery tender (Plus High Efficiency 12v. 5 amp. 4-stage Smart charger).

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Check your battery cables. Make sure they are clean & all connections are tight. My old 02 FLHT was infamous for the cables loosening up at the battery.
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Good recommendations above. I have heard of batteries showing good, i.e. the green light on the tender, but having a bad cell. 3 years is a good life for a battery.

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When was the battery replaced in the security fob? That was my problem.
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The tender flashing green is not "good to go". Solid green means "good to go". Flashing green is one of three things. It's either "almost" charged, the battery is starting to go south, or you have a bad connection to the battery. My guess is a bad connection. Grab a 10mm wrench and tighten the battery bolts.








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My Heritage had a loose ground at the frame ( it was dicked around with by LED guys) and it acted the same way. My Problem was that the battery soon died after the ground was fixed. I bet the tender was just marginally providing amps.

Couple years, maybe three, on a battery here in the desert is pretty good life.

A good tip, if multiple grounds are attached at the frame, then make sure the bolt has a washer to provide a slipping point for the cables so they can stay aligned. Also make sure the bolt is long enough with plenty of turns of thread engagement.

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another vote for a loose ground, it happened a few times on my last ultra, same symptoms.

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Got home and hooked it up to a proper charger. Got it up to 100 percent. I'll double check the battery terminals for tightness, and hook it back up to the tender. Are there other ground locations I should be aware of, besides where I grounded my amp (inside the fairing)?
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The battery terminals are notorious for coming loose


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