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Okay so ive been meaning to get on here for a few difference questions. First off I have a 2005 1200C with 30k miles on it.

Most importance questions first haha..

1) Sometimes when I start the bike, it will make a loud clunking like someone is banging on the starter, then it will turn over. Sometimes is doesnt. (you can imagine the embarrassment when I start the bike in public and this happens.) Any ideas on what it is? Need a new starter?

2) Just recently this week, I went out to start my bike and it wouldn't start...it wanted to, but after a second or two of what sounded like no juice in the battery it would click click click like the battery was dead. But funny thing is, when I tried to turn it over, the headlights wouldnt dim, normally the headlight dim if the battery is junk correct? BTW this battery is a brand new harley battery that was installed in April, about 3000 miles or so on the battery. So I hit it with a quick jump and it started (the charger pack I used said the battery had a 66% charge in it) and rode all day turning it on and off and a day of so after that it was good. But yesterday it wouldnt start again. So I put it on trickle charge. For 12 hours and it started. Waited for the trickle charge to full charge it and now it is starting just fine again. My question is, could this be the starter showing another sign of needing replacement? Or am I way off kilter here?

3) I need new brakes, is this an easy job? And where can I find durable, but within budget, parts? I have a mechanic that said $160 for front and rear brakes.
 

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Check ground connections on the battery, how far are you riding between starts...

Brakes are fairly simple, clearly outlined in your service manual.



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I'll tell ya, I had a 98 Sporty, with starting issues, cranking issues, etc... all of em were because of either an incorrect install on the battery or the battery itself. Did you follow procedure for the battery? There is a specific way to install a new battery.

Brakes shouldn't be a tough job for someone who wrenches.. I do my own.

A manual is your friend. Hope some of this was helpful.
 

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So it wouldnt be a starter issue??
Most likely is not the starter. To install a battery in a Sporty, put the negative cable on first... note, it is to be disconnected from the bike. put the battery in, put on your positive cable, then reattach the negative cable to the bike.

As TS said.. ditch the Clymer, get a genuine HD manual. Its been 5 years since I've done a Sporty battery the above is by memory..please double check this, I don't want to steer you wrong.
 

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Brakes are not a big deal. It shouldnt take but a couple of hours, taking your time.

As for the no start issue. Get a factory manual! It will pay for itself the first time you use it!

I also have the same year and model bike with nearly the same miles on it.
 

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Okay so ive been meaning to get on here for a few difference questions. First off I have a 2005 1200C with 30k miles on it.

Most importance questions first haha..

1) Sometimes when I start the bike, it will make a loud clunking like someone is banging on the starter, then it will turn over. Sometimes is doesnt. (you can imagine the embarrassment when I start the bike in public and this happens.) Any ideas on what it is? Need a new starter?

2) Just recently this week, I went out to start my bike and it wouldn't start...it wanted to, but after a second or two of what sounded like no juice in the battery it would click click click like the battery was dead. But funny thing is, when I tried to turn it over, the headlights wouldnt dim, normally the headlight dim if the battery is junk correct? BTW this battery is a brand new harley battery that was installed in April, about 3000 miles or so on the battery. So I hit it with a quick jump and it started (the charger pack I used said the battery had a 66% charge in it) and rode all day turning it on and off and a day of so after that it was good. But yesterday it wouldnt start again. So I put it on trickle charge. For 12 hours and it started. Waited for the trickle charge to full charge it and now it is starting just fine again. My question is, could this be the starter showing another sign of needing replacement? Or am I way off kilter here?

3) I need new brakes, is this an easy job? And where can I find durable, but within budget, parts? I have a mechanic that said $160 for front and rear brakes.
Your battery is not holding a charge, it is toast. Putting new brake pads in is easy. Replace your battery with a MOBATT, cheaper and it will last.
 

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Most likely is not the starter. To install a battery in a Sporty, put the negative cable on first... note, it is to be disconnected from the bike. put the battery in, put on your positive cable, then reattach the negative cable to the bike.

As TS said.. ditch the Clymer, get a genuine HD manual. Its been 5 years since I've done a Sporty battery the above is by memory..please double check this, I don't want to steer you wrong.
I just replaced mine about a month ago and yea, take neg. cable off at the engine and then pos. cable. Pull battery out just enough to disconnect neg. cable off the battery. Do exact reverse when installing new battery.
 

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my starter makes that loud clunking noise sometimes to.....i don't have a clue what it is. if you ride short distances your charging system does'nt have a chance to recharge your battery. keep in on a battery tender all the time. When i ride my scooter to work, by wed or thur my battery is to weak to crank it if i don't keep it on the tender.
 

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$h1t.... been having a similar problem. In fact... I was in the middle of TN the other day and the damn thing actually failed to start for the first time. Had to run it down a hill in 3rd gear and pop the clutch to get it to catch. Happened AGAIN yesterday. Getting a little concerned. Started a new thread on this... just for everyone whose EFI bikes are showing signs of this....
 

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since everyone else tackled the battery issue; I'm talking the brakes. They are simple but seriously go spend $30 at autozone or whatever parts store and buy a hand vacuum pump to help bleed the brakes. It will literally take you hours to bleed without this. The pump makes bleeding time about 5-10 minutes. Totally worth the money.
 
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