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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-20-2018, 09:59 AM
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I guess you know by now, it looks like it is a bad battery


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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-20-2018, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Well, cold for me is minus 40 or 50 but for riding, its cold right now at zero F. Im assuming this bike is built with warmer temps in mind so I thought it might be a challenge to fire it up compared to summer temps.

If ya cant fix it with a hammer, it's prolly lectrical
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So, out with the old battery & I slid in a spare brand new one that was in my shop. Put the 2 amp charger on it for a few hours & went out to start it. The thing spun over really fast and burped to life within 5 cranks. WOOT! Tons of new stuff to learn on this one like removal of the left side mirror for repairs. Would really like to upgrade the ol' tape player radio but I might just install Sirius in it.

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Put an AGM in the bike and it will start before you push the button.
Would that be a "remote" start......lol...!
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Put an AGM in the bike and it will start before you push the button.

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Would that be a "remote" start......lol...!
with the 1800s, we could do that, IF, we remembered to leave it in Neutral...

the 1500s want that Mixture control pushed way down in cold weather.
oh, that's right, the Remote Start button operates the Mixture lever also

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As others have said, it's the battery. The fact that it's cold weather just makes it worse 'cuz it takes more to turn over in the stiff lube. I've seen many riders brag about how many years they get out of a battery, 6,7 yrs. and more. To me that's foolish. Murphy's Law says it will die on you at the most inopportune time....usually at 3:00am, in the mountains where there's no cell service, and heavy traffic at that time of night means one car every six hours. I replace my battery at no longer than 4 yrs. regardless of how strong it seems to be, and it's always on a tender when not being ridden. It's cheap insurance and in well over 60 yrs. of riding I've never been stuck with a dead battery that's gone dead due to age and no other reason. Change your battery for one with the CCA talked about above, put it on a tender for the required time prior to use and keep it on a tender when not being ridden.
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You need an oem manual and a good idea to carry a spare relay.

Great deal here https://www.ebay.com/itm/1991-HONDA-.../292651682061?

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Well, cold for me is minus 40 or 50 but for riding, its cold right now at zero F. Im assuming this bike is built with warmer temps in mind so I thought it might be a challenge to fire it up compared to summer temps.

^ Not at all!... My 1500's start great even at 20F, and are THE best cold-running bikes I've ever had.


That said, you absolutely need a good battery, and don't crank the engine more than ~2-3 times before letting off the starter button.


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