A few days ago the weather had warmed up a little and the snow had melted off the driveway. I thought I’d take the Deuce out and run it for a while. It has been sitting in the shed for about a month without being started. When I went to start it, it sounded like the battery was weak as it would barely turn over the engine then there was a rapid clicking noise. I took the battery out and connected it to a charger. The charger indicated it wasn’t discharged. I left it for an hour anyway. In the meantime I took some sandpaper and cleaned off the battery cables and posts although they didn’t look bad. I re-connected the battery and attempted to start it again. The lights were at normal brightness, but the engine would barely turn over then a series of rapid clicks again. I took the battery to the local Harley shop as I thought it may have a dead cell or some other problem. The parts man said it checked out ok, but he would put it on the charger overnight and I could pick it up the next day, which I did. I connected the positive lead to the battery first. I had disconnected the negative cable and a smaller wire from the frame and the battery. I then attached the negative cable to the battery and when I touched the negative battery cable and the smaller wire, there was a humming sound like something under the tank was getting electrical power. I have never noticed this before when I had occasion to remove and replace the battery. The negative cable was not attached to the frame at this time so I took the cable off the battery and attached it and the smaller wire to the frame first, then connected it to the negative terminal of the battery. When the negative cable touched the battery, there was a sound of something getting power again and a small spark. I then made sure all connections were tight. When the ignition switch was turned on, the lights looked fine, so I was optimistic. I flipped off the kill switch and pushed the start switch. The engine slowly turned over, but didn’t start. I let off the start switch and it kept trying to start. I hit the kill switch and turned off the ignition switch, but it was still trying to start. The engine was slowing down from turning over and as soon as I could, I started unloosening the negative battery cable. It was so hot at the battery, I couldn’t touch it. I quickly got a socket and disconnected the battery cable and the smaller wire from the frame. I am by no means a mechanic, and even worse at diagnosing electrical issues. My inclination is to have the Harley shop come and pick the bike up and let them fix it. I’m guessing even if it is a minor problem, I’m looking at a couple hundred dollars. I’m leery about randomly tinkering with it for fear of doing catastrophic damage or setting it on fire. Does this sound like I am overlooking an easy fix that I could potentially do, or should I follow my instinct and pay the money? As an old buddy of mine, Clint Eastwood, said “a man’s got to know his limitations”. Any input from one of the many electrical wizards here would be most appreciated. PS. This is a ’04, carbureted, Softail Deuce with one more payment due. Don’t that just figure!