Dead bike - sort of


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Dead bike - sort of

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Have a problem with my 2012 Deluxe, bugger won't start! Been on trickle charger for a couple of months, went to start it and just got a click which seems to be coming from behind the left hand box. I've removed the plugs and moved it back and forth in 2nd to see if the starter had stuck, but made no difference. Sparky mate has checked the relays he can reach but we can't get into this one behind the box. How easy does the box come off without scratching it to hell, tried finding a video or instructions online but nothing.

Is there something else I could check, do you know what the problem is? all assistance greatly appreciated.


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Verify that the battery connections are clean and tight and have the battery tested. You might be describing to low of voltage to turn the starter over.
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Start with the simple stuff, and things that you can easily get to, like the battery terminals and narrow it down from there.
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Thanks gents, I'm on it
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What is your battery voltage when trying to start? Keeping the battery on a trickle charger could have "cooked" the battery. Always use a maintainer, it will regulate the voltage to the battery as needed.
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Sounds like a new battery may be needed. The Goldwings take plenty of power to fire up.
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redave46 wrote: Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:43 am Have a problem with my 2012 Deluxe, bugger won't start! Been on trickle charger for a couple of months, went to start it and just got a click which seems to be coming from behind the left hand box. I've removed the plugs and moved it back and forth in 2nd to see if the starter had stuck, but made no difference. Sparky mate has checked the relays he can reach but we can't get into this one behind the box. How easy does the box come off without scratching it to hell, tried finding a video or instructions online but nothing.

Is there something else I could check, do you know what the problem is? all assistance greatly appreciated.
Yea there are some heavy duty relays behind that bag. last year I had that area totally exposed for cleaning and found that the nuts holding the high voltage wires were barely tight. Cant say if thats your problem but the bags are sorta easy to take off....just work slow and cautious.
Let us know what you find.
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Trickle charger is much stronger than a maintainer, you probably cooked the battery. Check battery voltage, and you'll probably be replacing it. Good luck!

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baumedagn wrote: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:04 pm What is your battery voltage when trying to start? Keeping the battery on a trickle charger could have "cooked" the battery. Always use a maintainer, it will regulate the voltage to the battery as needed.
Showing just under 12 on meter, when I press the starter drops to 11.5 so seems OK.
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That sounds like a dead battery to. Buy a good AGM and install, should solve your starting problem. Good luck!

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