Can you put a volt meter on the battery while you are turning the key to the start position?
Lead acid batteries need to be recharged immediately after they are used, or a layer forms on the lead and the battery is then shot. If the bike sat for a whole year, and the battery went completely dead, that could be the issue. If might take a trickle charge and show 12.5V on a meter, but as soon as you hit it with the heavy load of the starter it will go dead.
That could also explain the speedo needle 2 step - if you crank the starter and the battery drops to 3V, when you let off the starter the battery will try to ramp back up- if it makes it back to 10V or more, the ECM will think you just turned the key on, and it will sweep the needle again.
If you dont have a volt meter even the $10 one in the auto section of Walmart is good enough for this purpose - set it to DC Volts (sometimes its V with a flat line _) on a scale higher than 15V.
Thanks for the input I donít have a volt meter but i have been meaning to get one. Guess I just found a reason to get one!
I canít correct myself now but I should say
*the bike has been sitting for close to a year and Iím sure the previous owner was not aware of the missing connector lead to the positive battery terminal on the quick link for the trickle charger.
That being said maybe it would be easier to replace battery and see where it goes from there?
Just to recap;
Normally, on startup I hear the fuel pump, what I believe is also the starter motor, and can see a needle sweep with relatively bright light on odometer.
Now Iím getting audible fuel pump, NO starter motor sounds and needle sweep only occurs after the key is turned back off not while itís on.
Hoping to god itís just the battery
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