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I have a 2006 V-Star 1100 that has what I thought was a bad battery, so I replaced the battery with a bran new Gel Battery and that new battery seemed dead the next day. The bike starts fine one minute and the next its like it has a dead battery and even jumper cables will not get the bike to start. It seems like a dead battery, the bike barely turns over, if at all and wont start, then 10 minutes later without jumper cables it will fire right up and turn over like it has a new battery. I had a friend measure the amperage the starter was drawing when trying to start and it ranged anywhere from 15 amps to 60 amps randomly! Most of the time it was between 15 to 25 amps, but would draw as much as 60 amps (which seems VERY high to me). Does anyone know what the amperage draw should be on this starter? Have any info to offer if you have experienced the same thing before? Thanks in advance!
 

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What he said. ^^^^^

Then......you could have a bad solenoid or bad brushes in the starter motor.
The 60 amp draw probably is about right and the lower numbers indicate that it isn't drawing enough power for some reason.

If it does come down to the starter, look around for an electric motor shop in the area.
They often can "rebuild" one for a fraction of the price of a new one.
 

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We pretty much narrowed it down to the Starter. We too k measurments from other bikes and they were only drawing around 15 to 20 amps when starting. We jumped the starter after the solenoid and it still dragged, therefor its reasonable to deduce that the solenoid is probably not the bad part. Thanks for the info :)
 

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We took measurements from other bikes and they were only drawing around 15 to 20 amps when starting.
OK, I'll take your word for it at the moment since it has been a LONG time since I saw starter spec's or measured one but 20 amps at 12 volts is only about 240 watts and it takes a lot more than that to turn the engine over. If it only draws 20 amps there would be no need for those 00 gauge cables connected to the battery.

Please let us know how this turns out.
 

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I got the new starter in today and changed it out and it starts just perfectly! Got the starter from Ebay for $25.00 from a guy that thought he needed a starter but he didnt (he had a bad starter clutch). What a great deal on a starter! I am so happy! Just thought I would come back and let everyone know what it was. :)
 

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Just thought I would come back and let everyone know what it was. :)
YOu could complete the picture and help others in the future by reporting what the current draw is on your new starter.

To properly measure that, you need to hit the kill switch or pull the plug wires and crank it for a few seconds.
 
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