Main Motorcycle: 2014 Street Triple R
Join Date: Feb 2010
Bad battery, or bad alternator?
Hey guys, ran into a problem with my '07 America this week.
Three days ago, it started, rolled about ten yards, then died, and when I tried to restart, I got the infamous solenoid clicking. I jump-started it to diagnose it as a drained battery, then pulled it and hooked it up to a charger until it was full. When hooked it in, the charger said it was at about 40% charge. I put the battery back and it ran okay for two days, maybe some throttle lag in the mid-range. This morning, on the way to work (in the rain, awesome) it sputtered and died. When I tried to restart it, I got a clicking solenoid again, and though it would sporadically turn over, it wouldn't start.
The battery isn't original, it's a Yacht brand put in about 18-24 months ago. The headlight, neutral light, and turn lights are all pretty bright with the key in. I haven't had a chance to use the alternator test feature on my charger yet, but once I figure out how to get it out of this furniture store parking lot, that's my next step. Any ideas at this point though?