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Old August 7th, 2015   #1
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When starting my ST1300 for the first time in the day, it cranks over really slow and finally catches, runs a little rough then finally smooth's out. The rest of the day, it starts fine. The colder it gets, the worse the problem. I've tried a different battery but problem still exists.
My first thought would be to check the ground wire to make sure I have a good clean connection. Anyone help me locate how to get access to this connection at the engine end? Thanks, John.
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Old August 7th, 2015   #2
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Do you plug it into a Trickle charger when not riding?

I always did. I used a BatteryTender.

Letting it sit without one is going to allow the clock to eventually run down the battery.
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The master ground point is on the frame cross tube at the rear of the engine compartment.
The fuel tank needs to be removed and I think the seat bracket must come off as well. I believe the battery negative cable is attached to the rear of the starter motor.

We are not hearing of grounding issues but the battery must be at full charge. It will drop of sharply if the key is left on for even a little while.


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The master ground point is on the frame cross tube at the rear of the engine compartment.
The fuel tank needs to be removed and I think the seat bracket must come off as well. I believe the battery negative cable is attached to the rear of the starter motor.

We are not hearing of grounding issues but the battery must be at full charge. It will drop of sharply if the key is left on for even a little while.


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About the ground Wath if it is a 2003 that the recall is not been done yet.

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The recall was for 2003 & 2004 models.
I thought we were dealing with a later model here.


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Welll.....since he hasn't come back and said anything, I don't think we can assume anything at this point.
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Often the problem " IS " the lack of either , critical information or precision in the description of the problem itself .

Not mentioning this important one too . . . the search option is to often an option for many

Sorry . . . usuly shut up on things like that ,got up on the wrong side of the bed and


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Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll do as suggested by removing the fuel tank and check this ground situation first. With 160K on this bike, I may have to suspect the starter motor itself.
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What year is your bike?
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll do as suggested by removing the fuel tank and check this ground situation first. With 160K on this bike, I may have to suspect the starter motor itself.
There is no need to " remove " the fuel tank . . . when it is low in fuel it is time to just lift it to access there. You would be one of the first one to have a starter motor problem

By the way , John . . . welcome on

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