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Old 08-10-2010, 07:10 AM
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Bike wont start and cant get my seat off!!

Man, so I come home try to start my bike and it wont turn over. I pull the choke out and pull the cluth in and try again, it still wont turn over. I say maybe if I give it some time! TRy again later all I get is a faint "tick tick" noise. I try again and I get nothing. Now none of my lights will turn on and the lights on the dash are very faint. The bike has been sitting about 2 months with me going in there turning it on and rev it up to keep the batt alive every other day. WHat it the problem? Is it the fuse, batt or alternator? Also how the hell do I get this seat off?
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:25 AM
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I am going to jump in (before one of the ELDERS of KNOWLEDGE tear you a new one)

First of all- CALL your local dealer / or mechanic - who will pick it up and service your bike and Demonstrate how to remove the seat from your bike...
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:31 AM
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sounds like to me the battery is just dying,its good to have a battery maintainer,just starting it here and there is not enough,but when you do get seat off,check fuses,wire contacts to battery,starter relay,bad or rusty connections will impeade the starting of it.
as the seat goes,theres a key hole on the bottom of the tail light,turn key,grab the back,edge of seat and give it a pull back and up,it needs to slide about a inch before it will come out.
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Pshaw! Don't give the dealer money for things not needed. I assume you are using your key in the keyhole back by the license plate to unlatch the seat? If you are, then it's possible that the mechanism is gummy and not releasing or the cable is stiff...
As far as the battery, it could just be that the battery is weak, and that a charge could bring it back. Or it could be that your regulator/rectifier is failing and the battery is dead from prolonged overcharging. Either way, you're going to have to get the bike running to discover that, and there is plenty of R/R info in the knowledge base section of the forum.

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Old 08-10-2010, 07:59 AM
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+1
Also starting your bike and reving it every other day prolly isn't enough charge the battery and the repeated cold starts aren't good for the engine. Get a tender if you aren't going to ride for a while
http://www.harborfreight.com/automat...ger-42292.html
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:24 AM
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turn the key in the back (seat lock).. Pull back and up on the seat.. sometimes it needs to be hit rearward where the seat curves upwards.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:12 AM
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Glad that was an easy fix....
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:53 PM
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So pepboys supposedley charged the battery and the same thing is happening..... Cluster lights are low and so are head lights. Bike still wont turn over.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:33 PM
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try using car bettery just to turn over,wont hurt the bike,if still wont start,disconnect battery and take the starter solenid off,clean all contacts and put back on,that could be going bad,mine did that once,ever since i took it off and put in electrical grease,it worked fine.
really sound like bad battery but still keep in mind,could be r/r going bad too.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:03 PM
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This is a dead battery. Don't make it worse by wildly guessing. The battery is the cheapest and mostly likely to fail in the whole scheme of things. If the bike has been outside check the connections under the back of the tank.

If you're tight for cash the $50 batteries from the auto retailers aren't all bad. I just crossed 14K on the Interceptor. It's on its second battery in 12k miles.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:38 AM
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My money is on the battery, too, and the tender idea is good, especially if you're having seat issues.

To be fair on that: The SH seat can be a b*tch to remove. My old Buell had a wing nut holding the seat on. With the VTR you need to be a master of double-jointed kama sutra to get the bastard off.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:00 AM
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Why not just remove the hooks? Unless you think the seat will magically pop of with your weight holding it down, the only purpose those hooks serve is to annoy you... And if you are ever in a position where the hooks could or could not hold the seat to the bike you won't care anyways, since you will then be sliding along side by side with the bike... They do however actually increase "break in" security... But considering how easily I can break in with them, or just smash the whole thing, and the small space and value of stored things... Well, I doubt that's an issue really...
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Maybe my bike is just getting "old", but I can just yank the seat off without the key. The seat is so flimsy that it bends enough to pop off of the hooks.

Oh, and yeah, it sounds like the battery for sure. The faint lights are the give-away. I second trying to jump-start it with a car. I had to do that quite often before I fixed my R/R (which caused a drained battery over time and exactly what you are describing, "tick-tick" noise and all). If you can get it going with a car, then replace your battery.

And think about buying a cheap multimeter (around 20-30 bucks should be ok). I got one and I've found many more uses for it than I thought I would. An old bike will have weird, annoying, and frequent electrical problems, and you can't really figure out what's going on without a multimeter.
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Originally Posted by evines View Post
Maybe my bike is just getting "old", but I can just yank the seat off without the key. The seat is so flimsy that it bends enough to pop off of the hooks.

Oh, and yeah, it sounds like the battery for sure. The faint lights are the give-away. I second trying to jump-start it with a car. I had to do that quite often before I fixed my R/R (which caused a drained battery over time and exactly what you are describing, "tick-tick" noise and all). If you can get it going with a car, then replace your battery.

And think about buying a cheap multimeter (around 20-30 bucks should be ok). I got one and I've found many more uses for it than I thought I would. An old bike will have weird, annoying, and frequent electrical problems, and you can't really figure out what's going on without a multimeter.
That's kind of my point... Even with the hooks there I was able to just muscle the seat off without using the lock if I wanted too, so removing them makes for more hassle free removal...
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:33 AM
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I recommend that you read this thread from top to bottom, none stop, and report back with what you think it is..Self diagnostic is the key...it will also help with the seat issue..
https://www.superhawkforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=10950
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