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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Help! After first ride, my shadow won't start!

So what's happened: bike got dropped off, it's safetied and certified (I'm in Canada) - I turned it on, did just fine! Rode it around the block (big block) - just fine. I parked it. Tried to turn it back on. I hear a couple of clicks and that's all - biked won't start. Any ideas? I'm running a trickle charger on her right now. Will see what happens after that.

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First wiggle the battery terminals to see if they are clean and tight. I would call the dealer if that is where you got it and ask their opinion on what to do.
To eliminate a battery problem just jump it with a car battery that way you can see how well the system will work with plenty of crank amps. Maybe a weak cell in the battery that failed when it got hot. If you have a meter put it on the battery and when it is running see if the charge voltage gets up to 13.5 to 14.5 when revved up to 3000 RPM.


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Side stand switch malfunction took mine out going down the road once, I had to disconnect it and wire it back onto itself so it would read as up.
Or maybe you left the killswitch in the off position? I do that all the time.

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If clicking it is not the kill switch. Check battery connections and then test battery.
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Thanks all. Following what I read here - I went and kept it connected to a trickle charger all night and it started this AM. I've read that bike needs to be 9000 rpm to charge the battery. Just worried that each time I ride it the battery is gonna die unless I get it up to 9000, will try to build my confidence up to do so
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If clicking it is not the kill switch. Check battery connections and then test battery.
The starter won't, you're right, but...
PO wired aftermarket lights onto mine, when I hit the starter with the kill switch engaged they lose power, and click when they comeback on.

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NO WAY 9000 RPM don't do that. Maybe 3000 RPM is more like it. But they don't charge much at idle.

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I'm sure they won't charge after 9,000 RPM's because there would be pieces of motor all over the place.


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I like some of these videos of failures to help appreciate what our engines go through at high RPMs.


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NO WAY 9000 RPM don't do that. Maybe 3000 RPM is more like it. But they don't charge much at idle.
It should start charging between 1200-1500 rpms. If it was 3000, a lot of us would be running our batteries down a lot.

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