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Need Some Harley Guidance

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Dear NGW Forum - I never thought this would happen to me (or so starts another well-known forum in a men's magazine - you know who you are! :lol: )

A friend of mine dropped by today to GIVE me a 2002 (??...pretty sure that's the year) HD Road King! He said he saved it from a cousin's garage, who's widow just 'didn't want it cluttering up the garage', knew I was into old bikes and he didn't want it, so gave it to me! (Nice Friend! :-D )
ImageDSCN2755 by Dr. Frankenstein1, on Flickr
Only 'problem' is, I'm not really a Harley guy, so have no idea what to do with this beast. I'm happy to have it, but still...it's 720 lbs wet - it came with a full tank of good gas, fresh battery and fuel injection, a new coil in the box, chrome leg shields, a new shift lever and even a cover! It cranks mightily strong, but I can't get it to fire. I'm wondering if the security key fob has anything to do with this...maybe the fob's battery is dead/has anything to do with it??

Pretty high mileage, if I'm reading this right, and hasn't been on the road since 2019...
ImageDSCN2756 by Dr. Frankenstein1, on Flickr

The heads on the left side are a bit grimy (the smudges are mine, wiping to see if that's oil or just road grime)...
ImageDSCN2760 by Dr. Frankenstein1, on Flickr

...and I'm wondering if these two switches are stock, or what...? They look factory, with both 'On' and "off' labels on the switches, but I have no idea what they do...I thought it might be a combination kill-switch, but even after fiddling with them I get No Joy...
ImageDSCN2761 by Dr. Frankenstein1, on Flickr

And NO, I'm not going to rush out and start getting dressed in black and orange any time soon (shudder!) - but what am I dealing with here? It's literally all there but even fuel injected it just won't fire. I haven't gone through it or tested for spark yet, but...Security key fob, maybe? Any thoughts?
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Re: Need Some Harley Guidance

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Me, I would google the HD security Fob for that year and get smart on the function before tearing into anything. Might be as simple as you said a dead battery or some such. I think most have a reset ability procedure but you need to find it for the year and model.
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Yes, that's all I've done so far. The bike looks really well taken care of and I don't want to fix anything before I know it's broke. I still wish I knew what those two switches are for though. They are factory, but I don't know what they do.
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Maybe this will help? https://youtu.be/xcwWN6inzBs
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All I can say is, when you get it to fire, you WILL know. :-D :-D
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Someone Gave you a $7000. motorcycle ?
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Try the 'run' switch. ie 'kill' switch?
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May want to post your question here...

https://www.roadglide.org/forums/my-oth ... uilds.437/

They have a this section for non Road Glides and they have some very knowledgeable folks about Harleys.
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It's been mentioned already but the kill switch on the handlebar was my first thought too.

I wouldn't expect it to crank (or do anything else for that matter) if the fob's battery was dead.

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