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uncovered the bike last night and attempted to start it for the first time this season and all I get are clicks upon attempts to fire...
It did try one quick time to actually turn over, but then just started clicking.

Lights work, signals work and horn works, but still just clicks. Battry is couple years old, always stored indoors and was running fine
when put up for the winter, with the battry tender attached.

Gonna start with replacing the battery and see what happens.

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More than likely you lost a cell on the battery. You have enough voltage to turn accessories on but not enough to crank the bike. Also verify the battery tender is still good. They do go bad.

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I'm forced to think battery tenders aren't all they're cracked up to be.

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Check the terminals
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I've heard that cheaper battery tenders can sometimes overcharge a battery. I have a cheap one (Harbor Freight), but I put it on a timer and only run it a couple of two-hour sessions per day. So far my battery had always maintained a charge over winter and I have not ruined any of them.

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My neighbor had a 2006 C50 and always had it on a Battery Tender. I have the bike now and still on the same Battery tender. I'm still using the original battery.
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My neighbor had a 2006 C50 and always had it on a Battery Tender. I have the bike now and still on the same Battery tender. I'm still using the original battery.
Count your blessings. It could easily go at the worst time.
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Count your blessings. It could easily go at the worst time.
Not that I am one to talk, but that battery is way past due for replacement.

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I've heard that cheaper battery tenders can sometimes overcharge a battery. I have a cheap one (Harbor Freight), but I put it on a timer and only run it a couple of two-hour sessions per day. So far my battery had always maintained a charge over winter and I have not ruined any of them.
WTF???
You should only need to trickle charge like 2 hours a month.

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Not that I am one to talk, but that battery is way past due for replacement.
I agree. Mine was the OEM battery from 05 and 2 years ago, it went out while on a charity ride on a Sunday.
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