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New to me bike battery/ new rider help

So I impulsively bought a used Ninja 300 with 1400 miles on it yesterday. The owners rode it up and dropped it off. 30 minutes later go to show my daughter and it won't start. (see here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KFCk13SC1CXantvG7 ). Bought a trickle charger and it started up last night/this morning and after o got home from work. Went out one last time and was going to take the bike just down my driveway and stalled (haven't ridden in 20 years). After that attempt to start is same as in video again. The bike has been dropped, according to previous owners not crashed.

Looking for all the help and education o can get. I've been searching YouTube and internet for exact results but not much luck.

Thanks ahead of time, Nick
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Looks and sounds like classic bad battery to me. The noise you're hearing is the starter relay engaging and disengaging rapidly over and over. The previous owner likely jump started it to bring it over.

I'd suggest taking the battery out and having it tested at an auto parts store.
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Thank you! I'll do that tomorrow. Sonim guessing that the stall just caused a surge of power needed that the battery didn't recover from?
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The battery probably had just enough juice to start the bike once after charging. Once it stalled it just didn't have the snot to start it again. There are of course other things that could be to blame but the battery being bad is the most common by far.
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Gotcha. Yeah it started like 4 times but it just idled I didn't ride anywhere.

The turn indicators didn't blink either just went on and stayed on. Any ideas there?
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Probably led bulbs. They don't pull enough current for the flasher relay to work properly.
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Thank you. Picked up a new battery and so far so good on that end. Yeah I think they're Led. The previous owner(s) also diy fender elim so I'm not sure if that could have something to do with it. Would be good to have a blinking light I think though.
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You can pickup a solid state flasher relay. They are designed to fix the issue.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F282385721814
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Probably led bulbs. They don't pull enough current for the flasher relay to work properly.
Don't LEDs usually make it flash too fast?
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Depending on the overall current draw they will make the flasher faster or not work at all leaving the lights stuck on.
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