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My battery tests good...

My battery tests good but if bike does not start right away the s battery seems dead or if i ride for a little bit it may not start.seems dead

Mechanic's Assistant: Did you test the battery with a voltmeter? And have you ever changed one before?

Yes

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Honda?

2005 vtx 1300r

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes,just started and tested the battery.Checked connections

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Battery shows 13 volts and 231 cca

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Motorcycle
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Motorcycle Mechanic: Louie, Technician replied 8 months ago
Louie
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Hi and welcome to JustAnswer, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, let's try check and review the basics. Proposed preliminary tries (if have not been done):

  • • re-inspect the battery, its ground lines to the harness, frame & engine, and/or re-check and re-clean the battery cables + terminals, connectors and wiring;
  • • more importantly, have the battery externally charged; and
  • • then also have the battery LOAD TESTed (even if new/charged and just for the purpose of eliminating it as a suspect);
  • • measure battery voltage:
  • - ignition off;
  • - ignition on;
  • - when attempting to start;
  • - idling;
  • - revving.

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