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    Went for a ride with my wife today through the country side for about an hour. When we got home I let her off at the back door and I drove on to the shop to put up the bike.
    I turn it off and opened up the shop door to pull in the bike. When I turned on the key the speedometer and fuel gauge reacted as always and the head lights were on. When I pressed the start button there was a click sound and everything died....
    I tried several times and still got the same reaction.
    Now nothing happens when I turn on the key.
    Is the battery dead or do I have a bigger problem?

  • #2
    Check battery connections for tightness.

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    • #3
      Nope, didnt help. When I hit the start button it kind of sounds like it shorts out or something.

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      • #4
        Put the battery on a real charger, not a trickle charger or battery tender, to bring the voltage up overnight. Then tomorrow check the voltage while you are trying to start the bike. Let us know what that voltage is.

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        • #5
          Thanks, I'll do that when I get back home.

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          • #6
            If "Nothing is happening" and it seems like no power at all the main fuse blew. 30 Amp fuse under left side cover. Should be a spare in the slot next to it.

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            • #7
              Starter relay under the left side cover

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              • #8
                Same happened to my 03. It was the starter relay.
                "Dont ride faster than your angels can fly"

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                • #9
                  Sorry I haven't answered sooner. I got real sick (not Covid) and spent alot of time at doctors and stuff.
                  With all the lights coming on and turn signals working at the same time I would have never though it would be the battery... It was. Bought a new one and all is well. I really enjoy riding this bike.
                  Thanks for the help, sorry to have bothered everyone for such a trivial thing. Feeling a little stupid right now.

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                  • #10
                    Glad you found the problem.
                    You might check the voltage regulator to make sure it charging right. Before starting, check volts 12.7 / 13., then after you start it, check the voltage again. It should be somewhere around 13 to 14+ volts, then rev the motor to around 2k RPMs while checking the voltage. If the volts goes higher than 14.7 volts then you might want to replace the rectifier. High voltage can cook the battery.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the info. I'll get on that soon.

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                      • #12
                        I'm trying timo figure out why my 06 won't start! I changed the battery and the relay... Still absolutely nothing when I push the start button. But my lights and gauge is working fine.. something else is weird tho.. my neutral light isn't on..

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                        • roadiemort
                          roadiemort commented
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                          Pull the clutch in or put it in neutral.

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