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I've been having a problem with my gl1200 trike i went for a run the next day it wouldn't start it turned over fine just no spark i thought it could be the new kill switch so i took my battery off and charged it fully i went back today to put the battery on the moment i press the start button there is a click everything goes off. i thought it had blown a fuse but took them out to check they seemed ok. i turned the key everything turned on but soon as i pushed the button it clicked again and everything went off



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Post by virgilmobile »

Test procedure needing a volt meter.
Probe both battery posts.The lead posts... not the bolt or wire.Turn on the key and push the start button.When it goes dark,is the battery still holding good volts?
Loose/corroded battery connections and ground lug at the frame are suspect if the volts stay up.

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ok will check tomorrow thanks

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I've seen batteries do that when they had a bad internal connection between cells or posts and cells?
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Yup.I assume nothing.
A simple volt meter attached at key points tell all what one needs to know.
See it,confirm it then fix it.

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thanks will check every wire on it

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This can happen from a failing battery cable as well, or any connection in between the battery and the rest of the bike.

If the connection (either a connector, or internal to the cable or battery) is bad, and there is only a little bit of metal in contact, it's enough to let enough current through that the bike looks like it's operating normally. But hit the starter, it suddenly draws a ton of current, which heats up that little bit of metal, melting it, breaking the connection, and everything goes dark. Shifting things around or letting it cool off might get another little piece of metal in contact, so it looks like it's fixed...until the next time you hit the starter again.

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Battery seems ok & connector. The problem is that we have no spark, everything else works fine. The starter runs fine & is strong. We have tried a different kill switch & it is the same. We have also tried a different cdi unit, again no luck. we have checked most of the new wiring & there seems to be power getting to them, also checked the fuses & main fuse & they seem ok. We had new iridium plugs & have now put new standard ones in.
Any Idea's please? :( :|
We are newbies as far as wiring is concerned, so step by step instructions would be very useful, Thanks :D



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