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Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 7021
Experience:  30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
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I have an 08 XL 1200 nightster. Battery fully charged, all

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I have an 08 XL 1200 nightster. Battery fully charged, all fuses look good. Lights, blinkers,etc working but when I hit the starter switch... Not a sound.... Has not been run for 4 months but has been on a battery tender..
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.

do you have the HD security system installed?

did the battery in the bike die or was it disconnected at any time?

tell me everything you can.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Have never set the security system. How would I tell if it was activated? Battery has not died or been disconnected.
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.

your bike uses a hands free device to arm and disarm the security system.

I suspect your FOB battery has died and the system can't see the FOB.

when the security system is armed, all it does is disable the starter relay.

you have the symptoms of an armed security system.......

the first thing I would do is replace the FOB battery. you should replace the FOB battery once a year.

let me know if that does not resolve your problem.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It was the FOB... Feel like an Idiot.. Should have done that first.. Thank you though.... You advice was (FOBulous!!) Sorry, had to go there..
Thanks Steve...... Grade A!!!!!!!!
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.

Glad I could help.

the dealership won't tell you to change the battery once a year.....they make too much money on service calls!

let me know if you have other questions.

Please leave a POSITIVE RATING.


Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

let me know if you need more help.

if not, please leave a POSITIVE RATING.

thank you,