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Steve
Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
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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 a 97 heritage softail...im thinking there is

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I have a 97 heritage softail...im thinking there is something draining the battery but dont know what could be left...anything i dudnt replace ive tested..ive replaced the ignition switch. Stator.regulator. starter..new gel batteries( plural because at a certain point i have to swap them out) checked all the normalaities my manual said to...and still after a week or so. (depending on how many miles I ride) the bike diese and the battery is completely dead I've even had it where im riding and all the sudden I lose all electrical components and it just dies. Help
Thanks
Christal
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

I have not had good luck with "gel" batteries on motorcycles. they are not the correct type of battery for use on a motorcycle and are incompatible with the charging system on your Harley.

that said, I need more information on what's going on right now.

measure the battery voltage under the following conditions:

- ignition OFF.

- ignition ON.

- with the start button depressed.

- with the engine at 2,000 rpm (fast idle)

let me know what you find,

Steve

Expert:  Steve replied 11 months ago.

let me know if you need more help.

if not, please leave a POSITIVE RATING.

thank you,

Steve