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Hello, so about two days ago my bike started having trouble starting it would take a few tries to start but eventually it would start so I thought it was just because it’s cold outside and thought nothing of it, now this morning when I went to start it to let it warm up for work it would spin over once maybe twice then it wouldn’t spin over again. This bike has a new stator, rectifier and battery and a new fuel pump on the way (different issue). I’m not sure what to check at this point. This bike is my only way to and from work so any advice on what to do/check would be greatly appreciated.

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Jump the battery with a non running car battery and see how it works.
Don't over choke or it floods the plugs on a cold day.
Put the battery on a small maintainer over night.
 
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Jump the battery with a non running car battery and see how it works.
Don't over choke or it floods the plugs on a cold day.
Put the battery on a small maintainer over night.
So I didn’t have to jump the battery or anything to get it started, I bump started it and after a few attempts it started, after letting it idle for about a minute I cut it off and let it cool down for about thirty minutes and tried to start it normally, surprisingly it fired immediately spun over twice and fired right up. I’m happy to know it started but I’m concerned about not knowing what caused it to stop starting the first time.
 

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Check your battery terminal for clean and tight. Measure the charging voltage.
It should be up to 13.5 to 14.5 volts when revved up to 3000 RPM.
 

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Exactly how cold is it.
My Shadow is very "Cold Blooded".
Does not like getting up on cold mornings.
Keeping the battery on a Battery Tender helps, or years ago before I had one, I'd give it a 1amp trickle charge for 30-60 minutes before starting.
 

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Remember that a new battery does not equal a good battery.

Do the tests as Swifty recommends and see what you get.

Also make sure battery grind at the frame ic clean and tight.


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Check your battery terminal for clean and tight. Measure the charging voltage.
It should be up to 13.5 to 14.5 volts when revved up to 3000 RPM.
So I charged my battery overnight and measured the volts while starting, it dropped to 7.8 while starting but if it’s just sitting without the key on it’s a steady 13 volts. Not sure if I need a new battery or if this is a different issue
 

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Should not drop below 9.5 volts to be healthy.
 

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Get a new , better battery ....
So I bought a new battery and my bike will turn over more still won’t start tho, I tried push starting, jumping with a non running car battery, took the battery to be tested and charged, tested the fuel pump, cleaned the carbs won’t fire I’m getting nothing.
I don’t know how to test spark plugs but that’s my next move
 

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Make ure the kill switch is on.
Look at the condition of the plugs and then test=


 
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