New starter didn't fix the problem...HELP!
Okay, put the new start in, and it's still doing the same thing. Is it possible the Bike Master replacement battery I bought doesn't have the cranking amps to turn the starter, or that my 6 and 12 volt trickle charger can't give the battery enough of a charge? The Tucker Rockey catalog at the place I bought the battery listed it as a replacement for the 916, and it's the same 16AL battery label.
You can push start it just fine, she starts right up and runs fine, pulls strong, doesn't stall out, etc. But when you hit the starter button, it just whines, and every now and then will turn the crank to fire a cylander, but it doesn't have a steady cranking at all...it's almost random, and one or two sparks every 10 seconds or less.
So...battery amps? I've heard there's some sort of clutch between the starter motor and the crankshaft...would this be a symptom of the starter clutch going? The whine is really bad, and I"m not sure if it means the starter is spinning and not turning the crank, or not getting the cranking amps to spin. First impression to me is that the starter is whining like it's trying to spin but doesn't have the juice or oomph to actually spin the crank. But the bike runs fine if push started, so it wouldn't be the voltage regulator, right?
1998 Ducati 916