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Work has kept me from firing up the Aspencade until today. I charged and installed the battery (same one from last season). With the key on, the voltage meter on the dash read about 11.1V which seemed about right.



But when I hit the starter, it slowly turned over in a rhythm -- one turn over...two second pause...one turn over...two second pause...etc. The voltage went down to about 6 while doing this. Once I stopped pressing the button, the voltage returned to reading about 11.



I hooked up the battery charger on the starting function -- it didn't make any difference at all. Just made the same rhythm as before. It sounds like it might if the battery was weak, but all indicators are saying otherwise...



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Had a bike do that once and it was the battery.
 

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Battery at 11 volts is pretty weak. Should be up around 13 or more.

Do you have a handheld meter you can measure the voltage of the battery itself?
 

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Anything under 11.4 Volts on your battery will not start the Wing. At least that is true for both of mine. You need to check the battery at AutoZone, and if it is ok, then check your charging system. Be careful and do not ruin your starter.
Good Luck,
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Check your connections, especially the ground where it connects to the engine behind the left rear upper engine mount. You will have to remove the mounting bracket to clean the connection.
 

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If the connections are all good, then your battery is bad. Under 10 volts on a freshly charged battery when cranking indicates a bad battery and as low as 6 volts means yours is toast.
 

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As battery voltage drops, amperage increases. You will toast the all ready weak goldwing starter soon. If the battery test marginal, replace it. If you don't buy an odyssey battery,replace it every 2 yrs regardless. JMHO
 

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I didn't think 11 V sounded too low, but apparently it is... Electric issues and wiring are not my forte.



Went ahead and got a new battery. Charged it, put it in, and got some cranking power. Took some time, but it started. Guess that's all it was...



Thanks for the insights.
 
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