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    Dyna won't start, just clicks!?

    Evening all!

    So without giving you my life story, over winter we've moved house and had loads of decorating to do before our first child arrives in 3 weeks. Because of that my bike has been stored at my Mum and Dads all winter and stupidly I have neglected it and not started it up!

    I went to start it yesterday and it was stone dead - no lights etc. Charged the battery, now I have lights but when I try and start it, it just clicks. My next job is to take the battery to Halfords and make sure it definitely isn't that. Then maybe remove and clean the relay and try again?

    I tried removing the solenoid wire, got another wire and touched it directly to the positive terminal on the battery and still nothing happened?

    I'm obviously not an expert but could the starter motor be stuck or something?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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    Hi Daz,

    If left for some time the starter can seize internally, this happened to my mates old Moto Guzzi Le Mans, a sharp blow with a rubber mallet was enough to shock it loose. It's worth a try, you've nothing to lose.

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    If the battery is less than 12.3 volts it is buggered.....it needs to be around 12.5v minimum to be anywhere near OK.

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    Thanks for the replies!

    I tried tapping the starter motor and it didn't work, I will get the battery tested next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daz990 View Post
    Thanks for the replies!

    I tried tapping the starter motor and it didn't work, I will get the battery tested next!
    IMO, Halfords will tell you need a new battery regardless of condition - buy yourself a small / low cost multi-meter and check it yourself.

    Check straight after a 24 hour 1.5 to 2.0 Amp charge. It should read at least 13 Volts. Then check again after 12 hours - it should have settled to nothing less than 12.6Volts - if it has dropped below 12.5 Volts, it is most likely going to be shot. Give it another wait for 12 hours and check again. A further drop will probably confirm it has had it.

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    You need lots of amps to start a Harley, i would say you need at least 13.5 volts. When you hit the start button there is a massive load put on the battery. Harley batterys do not like to be drained.

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    If you are splashing the cash buy a calcium enriched battery. There are numerous advantages the main point of principle one being they are much more adapt at coping with deep discharge cycles. Other advantages of a calcium battery include longer shelf life (they self discharge very slowly), more resistant to vibrations, higher cold cranking amp ratings, less prone to sulphation. Yuasa branded batteries are always a great tool of choice and one I stick to wherever possible drawing on my electrical engineering experiences in the marine, aviation and more recently industrial fields.

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    TREAT EVERY DAY AS YOUR LAST.....ONE DAY YOU WILL BE RIGHT!!

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