I bought my 900SS on the weekend, and have had trouble starting it since I got it. I should add that I'm in Southern Maine, where it's still cold
and the bike is stored in an unheated garage.
When I try to start the bike the headlight comes on & the engine cranks, but it sounds like it's not cranking, well, "hard enough". On Sunday morning I put the battery on a 10A battery charger I had lying around, and then about half an hour later (when the charger said it was charged) the bike started first crank with the battery plugged back in. Trouble is, I went to start it again tonight and had the same problems -- light comes on, I can hear the fuel pump prime, but the bike won't start.
I've charged the battery (again) but it's too cold and dark to go outside and try and start it
My question is, is this a bad battery? The bike only has 4500mi but was stored in the cold & I can't vouch for the battery being the original one with the bike or not. The water levels on the battery look fine, and I can't see any major corrosion of the plates. I still think that the battery is the problem, though... what do y'all think?