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Old 02-01-2016, 10:43 AM   #1
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Clicking noise while trying to start bike

So with the beautiful weather this weekend I decided to break out the bike for ride. It made a weird clicking noise the first two times I hit the starter button. On the third try it started, but turned over rather slowly. I hooked up my battery tender and it said the battery was at 95%? So I let it charge to 100% and went for a ride. The bike is turning over normal now, but it seems to still click when the bike is cold. The battery is fairly new as I replaced it last year some time. Also the clicking is coming from the area by the battery, not the starter? What the is that??
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Already?? Dammit I might as well just get a cheap one this time if it isn't gonna last a year. I got this one at a Yamaha dealership.
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Just because the tender charges it quickly doesn't mean the battery is good. It needs to be load tested to eliminate the battery as a cause.
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The clicking is the starter solenoid.
Yeah battery is probably toast.
Keep the Battery Tender attached to it 24/7 and your battery will last twice as long as normal. I got 6 years out of my last one, then I sold the bike. It was still going strong.
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The clicking is the starter solenoid.
Yeah battery is probably toast.
Keep the Battery Tender attached to it 24/7 and your battery will last twice as long as normal. I got 6 years out of my last one, then I sold the bike. It was still going strong.
So the starter solenoid isn't located on the starter like a car?? I know what a starter solenoid is, I just found it strange that the noise wasn't coming from that area.

Yea I'm horrible about remembering to put it on the battery tender.
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So the starter solenoid isn't located on the starter like a car?? I know what a starter solenoid is, I just found it strange that the noise wasn't coming from that area.

Yea I'm horrible about remembering to put it on the battery tender.
No, it isn't on/near the starter. Also, what dealer did you buy the battery at? They also should have etched a date on the top of it. Most dealers warranty batteries for a year.
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No, it isn't on/near the starter. Also, what dealer did you buy the battery at? They also should have etched a date on the top of it. Most dealers warranty batteries for a year.
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Get a shorai as a replacement.
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That's a good option depending on how much you wanna spend try, Batteries +Bulbs. They have a pretty good selection of batteries at s decent price.
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walmart last one i got from them lasted many years and never was on the charger. Granted i rode multiple times a week.
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walmart last one i got from them lasted many years and never was on the charger. Granted i rode multiple times a week.
Yea I'll probably do that this time, because the dealer price is straight up ridiculous for the factory replacement. I mean the thing has never sat for more than three weeks max without a ride. I would understand if it were sitting for months at a time or something.
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The clicking is the starter solenoid.
Yeah battery is probably toast.
Keep the Battery Tender attached to it 24/7 and your battery will last twice as long as normal. I got 6 years out of my last one, then I sold the bike. It was still going strong.
Or you could just ride it regularly...I never had to replace a battery on my bikes. Guess I always rode them enough.
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like posted above just because your battery has 12v or shows 95% on the tender doesn't mean the battery is good. You can always hook a meter up to the battery and start the bike to see how much it drops. If it drops below 9-10v then the battery has a bad cell and needs to be replaced. (not the best way to load check the battery but works)
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There's more to it than just whether or not the battery will start the bike.

Lead acid batteries like to be fully charged, they don't like to be discharged. Just sitting they will self discharge, so riding pretty often isn't enough. Each time you turn off the bike the battery starts to self discharge.
That means it's constantly cycling charge levels, and lead acid batteries don't care for that.

The solution is to put it on a battery tender any time is parked for very long.
Obviously, I'm not suggesting you take one with you and plug it in while you're at a restaurant. Overnight in the garage? then yes, plug it in.
A week or 2 of no riding? Yep

The idea is to keep it fully charged and hold it there as much as you reasonably can. They like that. Give em what they like and they last longer.
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So the starter solenoid isn't located on the starter like a car??
Just so you know, the solenoid hasn't been located on the starter of most cars for years.
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My bike has a battery drain issue. If I don't start it for over 2 weeks its dead. I've replaced the battery 2x. Now it's so dead it won't charge even on a battery charger like it did before. Alternator light comes on and when I turn the key before I even push the start button it has a clicking sound and the alt lights up. I just live with it
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My bike has a battery drain issue. If I don't start it for over 2 weeks its dead. I've replaced the battery 2x. Now it's so dead it won't charge even on a battery charger like it did before. Alternator light comes on and when I turn the key before I even push the start button it has a clicking sound and the alt lights up. I just live with it
?? Not sure if serious.
How do you "live" with that?
By not riding?
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How do you "live" with that?
By not riding?
Just need to either leave on the tender or start it up once a week. It's a track bike so who knows what it's been through
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