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Hope someone might have some insight on this. Suddenly today went to start the bike and nothing. No dash lights, no headlights, no ignition, nothing in that reagard. The aux outlet in the left fairing pocket is working, however. I also get an odd faint clicking noise from under the rear part of the seat with the key in the "on" position but not pressing the start button. I also have an aux outlet in the right fairing pocket that appears to be going off and on, while the left remains on all the time as it should with the key "on". All the fuses appear to be good, especially the IGN which I pulled out and inspected carefully. Any thoughts? Appreciate it. :-(
 

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Check your battery with a voltmeter when trying to start. You'll probably see it go below 11.
 

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I agree. It definately sounds like a dead battery! Whatever it is, I hope it's a simple problem. Nobody likes a bad battery, but at least it's an easy fix with minimal troubleshooting.
 

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I've got it on a trickle charger overnight so I suppose I'll know for sure in the morning when I get up. The battery is only a few months old, I just replaced it cause the original finally gave in. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that's all it is since the bike is my preferred mode of transport almost everywhere I go.:thumbup:
 

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I've got it on a trickle charger overnight so I suppose I'll know for sure in the morning when I get up. The battery is only a few months old, I just replaced it cause the original finally gave in. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that's all it is since the bike is my preferred mode of transport almost everywhere I go.:thumbup:
Just curious. Did you replace the battery yourself? If so, did you follow the preparation steps carefully to get the battery ready for installation?
 

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Do you have anything installed that might have run it down while parked? The bike has a built in 5ma or less drain on the battery with the key off.
 

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One thing I would definitely check would be the battery connections and the ground connections. If either of those are bad you may "suddenly" get symptoms like this.
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I am betting on a relay or some type of short.

Even a pretty dead battery will light up the dash lights and a few things. It will not fire the bike, but for sure lights that take no power will light up. And if the AUX still works, then the battery is not totally dead, it has enough power in it to light dash lights and so on if it can power the Aux. It is not the ignition switch as the aux runs through that(although it does have different contact keys in it so could be)

A relay or dirty fuse contact would be the first things to check.
 

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Battery

Put the battery on a trickle charger and it is only reading 6 volts after 12 hours. When I turn the key on that drops to only 2. I'm not sure what I might have that is draining the battery. I thought it was very strange that this happened so suddenly. So, I suppose I'll have to troubleshoot a little more to find out where the drain might be. Thanks for all the responses.
 

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Put the battery on a trickle charger and it is only reading 6 volts after 12 hours. When I turn the key on that drops to only 2. I'm not sure what I might have that is draining the battery. I thought it was very strange that this happened so suddenly. So, I suppose I'll have to troubleshoot a little more to find out where the drain might be. Thanks for all the responses.
Suppose your charger could be bad, but my bet is the battery is shot.
 

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Now we have more info. A motorcycle battery will charge pretty quick, if it is only going to six and dropping to two.........

Go get a new battery. Shorted cell in that one.
 

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I'll be on the way tomorrow and will be keeping my fingers crossed. Only been a day and I miss my ride immensly.:-(
 

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:agree: I'l 3rd. that. :agree:
 

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I'm back in the game. Old battery out, new battery in, bike started like a champ and we're back on the road again. I never new it was possible to short a cell in the battery, but I'm exceedingly glad that's all it was. Thanks for all the information from an obviously deep, deep well of collective knowledge. Cheers.

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Great ending! The only thing worse than learning this lesson at home is learning it on the road. Such as I did last year in Summersville, when I tried to jump start a 1200. Instant death to the battery minutes before it was showtime to ride. Glad I have my riding buddies (TravelinLite, Andy and Eric) to help me get back on the road. :bow:
 

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Yep, I was fortunate to have it happen at my house rather than out on the road somewhere. Like you, I also have several buddies who ride who would have helped me out at the drop of a hat.
 

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