A couple of weeks ago I was at a Harley dealer looking at gear, came out to leave and the battery didn't have enough juice to turn over the engine. Of course none of the Harley guys there got up off their asses to lend me a hand, typical. I then went to the service department and ask a service tech if he had a power pack, I needed a boost, he was more than happy to help me. I went out, connected the power pack to the batter terminals and tried to start the bike, wouldn't turn over. hmmm. waited for a while, about 1/2 hr and tried to start it again same thing, wouldn't turn over. Now I can hear you saying decomp, nope, waited a bit longer and tried to start it, wasn't turning over, until.......I decided to turn the throttle open! It turned over and started. Strange? I think so, keep in mind the battery is dead.
I went to a local Royal Distributing and purchased a new battery because I tend to abuse my batteries in that I always forget to bring them in during the winter and put them on charge and I thought it had crapped out. A week later I went for a ride to pay a bill and when I went to leave, again.........battery didn't have enough power to turn the engine over. This time I had tried so long the battery went completely dead, $100.00 towing bill. Wait, it gets better! I managed to charge the battery and take it to a local bike shop after I begged the guy to check it out. He told me after checking the charging system that the stator was fine and that I needed a new voltage regulator. I went to the parts counter and ordered one, $140.00 for that, put it in and all seemed to be fine until tonight, went for a group ride with the club I am a member of and what happened? You guessed it, battery dead again!!!!!! WTF?! Lucky I had the boys with me to give me a boost otherwise.....another towing bill would've been inevitable!
Now, for every boost I got, the engine would not turn over unless I turned the throttle open, keep in mind again battery is dead and cables connected to a running bike.
Here's my question:
Does anyone have any idea as to the nature of my starting/dead battery/charging issue from the description of the trouble I am having?
Thank you so much for any and all information leading to the resolution of this problem.
Ready to get rid of this bike!