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Bike seems to always have a slow start like the battery is not charging up , But with a volt checker is charging to 15 volts any ideas





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:(Probably ye ole starter in need of rebuild. 1200's have one of the worst starters in the world and they don't like abuse. If it is worse when the engine is hot that is a good clue.:X
 

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How would you check the volts at start time , the same way you check it when you put a volt meter on the battery and would that let you know if the starter is good or not. and what should it read when i hook it up



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:waving:Yes, check the voltage at the terminal on the starter as you depress the start button and you should have 10-10.5 volts and if that's about what you have then your starter is in need of a rebuild.
 

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you might try removing the headlight fuse and see how its startes up then,if its alot better someone may have installed a high output H4 in it instaed of the standard H4,if so u might consider puutting a cutout relay on it so that the headligt is off till u start it
 

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you might try removing the headlight fuse and see how its startes up then,if its alot better someone may have installed a high output H4 in it instaed of the standard H4,if so u might consider puutting a cutout relay on it so that the headligt is off till u start it
:waving:The headlight automatically goes out when the start button is deprssed to start the bike.
 

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sure does but until u do the headlight is draining your battery down until u do, put a voltmeter on the battery and turn the key on wait ten seconds and see what your battery voltage is now,on a narginal battery and a weak starter can make all the difference ether the bike will start or not
 

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sure does but until u do the headlight is draining your battery down until u do, put a voltmeter on the battery and turn the key on wait ten seconds and see what your battery voltage is now,on a narginal battery and a weak starter can make all the difference ether the bike will start or not
:waving:Now let's see: hook up the meter at the starter terminal ( negativelead to ground) first then turn the key on & depress the start button to check voltage at the starter. No drain from the headlight until the key is one and then goes out when the start button is depressed. If there's good voltage at the starter then the starter is the problem.
 

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cold it registered 10.3 for a few seconds and that's between the 10 to 10.5 im assuming the starter is bad
 

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and after u did this what did the voltage of the battery return to? 12.3 11.9?
 

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i went to 12.9 i believe thats connecting the volt meter directly to the battery not the other way when i checked the starter
 
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