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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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I just replaced the battery on my 2006 Vulcan Nomad. After I replaced it the bike cranked and ran fine. Turned it off for a little while and tried it again and it cranked up just fine. Three days later I wanted to go for a ride and it wouldn't crank. When I turn the key on no lights come on Nothing!!! HELP?!?! Any suggestions?
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Welcome, Paige! Even though the battery was just replaced, suggest checking it with a multimeter to make certain that it is OK - voltage should be at least 12.7. Also check the battery terminals for tightness and the cable terminals for corrosion. If the voltage is OK, then suggest checking the fuses, especially the main fuse to make certain that they are OK - use a meter set to check continuity. If all is OK so far, have the battery load tested (many auto stores will do so at no cost) - it is possible for a battery, even a new one, to have good voltage but when subjected to a load to have no electrical output. Good luck!

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I just replaced the battery on my 2006 Vulcan Nomad. After I replaced it the bike cranked and ran fine. Turned it off for a little while and tried it again and it cranked up just fine. Three days later I wanted to go for a ride and it wouldn't crank. When I turn the key on no lights come on Nothing!!! HELP?!?! Any suggestions?

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I would also check for some kind of draw. You may have something that is staying on. Which will also drain your battery. If you can't find something. Hook up quick disconnects and keep it on a trickle charger. Especially if you aren't going to ride every day.


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If the battery check reveals that it is fully charged then, I would check the clutch safety switch for corrosion or bad connection.
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I havent heard of the vulcans doin this but, i have to keep my kickstand insulated from touching the ground or it will drain my battery in a couple days. I just put a rubber mud flap under my kickstand.

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I havent heard of the vulcans doin this but, i have to keep my kickstand insulated from touching the ground or it will drain my battery in a couple days. I just put a rubber mud flap under my kickstand.

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Something wrong with your bike.
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Probably but ive had a few of these kz's and they were all the same.

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Probably but ive had a few of these kz's and they were all the same.

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Must be a kz thing. I've ridden with a lot of Vulcan riders and not once heard of a Vulcan's battery draining because the kickstand is in contact with the ground.

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Not a KZ thing....something wrong there....
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Here's how to check a battery on a Load Test

1. Adjust voltmeter to DC volts (20 volt range).
2. Place voltmeter leads to the battery terminals. ( positive to positive and negative to negative)
3. Watch the voltmeter as you start your motorcycle.
4. If the voltage drops below 9.5 volts, the battery has very low capacity and should be replaced.
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