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Question Need Some Help with a 900 Custom Not Starting.

Howdy all, like most I'm here cause of a problem. What I've got is my bro's 07 900 custom. It wouldn't start for him after a 45min ride. He had a fella jump it and it ran for a bit but poorly. Now I'm on the scene. I've got a Vulcan 750 & this is a whole new breed of beast to me. The battery was pretty dead so I'm charging it as we speak. The odd thing to me & I don't see any reference to this in the owners manual (like I thought I would) when you turn on the key it's making a clicking sound roughly one click a second. The odometer light is pulsating along with the click. The FI light is also included in this puzzle. Is this a known issue that someone can help me with? Thanks in advance. Kanuck69.
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I have to agree with Glockster, so that make two old aircraft mechanic's. But really, sounds like a bad battery. Give it a charge and make sure you have a good connection at the terminals. Has the bike sat for awhile or is this something that just started happening?
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OK, Back from dinner & went to check things out. The connections were good but disconnected them & reconnected just for $#!ts & Giggles. The clicking & the FI light are gone. but she still won't start. I'm lost, this is such a different machine from what I'm use to. Does anyone know of an online repair guide?
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PS, it barely has 3000 miles on it.
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Also an option if you have a volt meter, check the battery at rest and when trying to start. If you have a full charge and then Drop to low during cranking it could be a bad cell on the battery. And being fuel injected, you should hear it pressure up when key turned on.
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The clicking with the key on is probably the fuel pump trying to pressurize? Only 3k miles for a 3 year old bike hints to me that it sits a lot, and probably without a battery tender? Run the battery down to a local shop for testing, sounds like a battery that won't carry voltage under load to me.

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Is the clicking noise when you hit the start switch and coming from the right side below the seat? If so, it's the magnetic switch and it does this because there is not enough CCA on he battery. If the battery holds a charge is it getting power? If not trace the wires and look at the stator and regulator.

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