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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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another one bites the dust...

so i was all ready to take a nice leisurely ride tonight, but it wasn't to be. i went to start the bike and all it did was click. hubby grabbed the jumpers, and it started right up, but as soon as you shut it down it wouldn't fire again. we are gonna put it on the trickle, but i think it is pretty much hopeless. i think it is a goner.

here's the thing, this battery isn't but 6 months old, tops! if y'all don't remember, i had to replace it this spring before my first ride of the season. anyways, is this unusual? is there anything that could be draining the battery, even though the ignition and engine kill switch is off? or is it just garbage batteries i am using? i guess for now i'll just live to ride another day.
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maybe something is shorted in the wiring. Check the harness for wires with cracks or exposed wiring.

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i never had this problem with my 250s i owned. just this bike, and just this year. i had it in the shed during our blistering heat wave with no ventilation, would that harm anything? i also haven't ridden it in about 3 weeks, just haven't had the free time. i am so disappointed, but i still love her nonetheless. this happen to your kawi frequently gasman?
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+1 on the battery tender. The battery on my 919 is three years old and still going strong. If I don't ride for a few days I'll throw it on and it keeps the battery ready to go.

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 11:13 PM
 
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i never had this problem with my 250s i owned. just this bike, and just this year. i had it in the shed during our blistering heat wave with no ventilation, would that harm anything? i also haven't ridden it in about 3 weeks, just haven't had the free time. i am so disappointed, but i still love her nonetheless. this happen to your kawi frequently gasman?
Hook a voltmeter up to the battery and check the voltage. Then remove the meter, jumper the bike to get it started and check the voltage again. It should be about 13-14V. If not, your stator may be toast.
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Sounds like a short or a $hitty battery... Being in the shed in the heat is not the best for the battery, but I have seen gel cells, SLA's, and regular lead acid that were extremely abused... run dry, frozen, shorted for extended periods and whatnot that worked fine after a little playing with them... Of course those are good batteries. What I would be more concerned with in the time in the shed is some little animal chewing on random wires and causing a short... Gonna suck finding it, but
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I hope I'm not saying anything suprising......Have you check the acid levels?
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so i was all ready to take a nice leisurely ride tonight, but it wasn't to be. i went to start the bike and all it did was click. hubby grabbed the jumpers, and it started right up, but as soon as you shut it down it wouldn't fire again. we are gonna put it on the trickle, but i think it is pretty much hopeless. i think it is a goner.

here's the thing, this battery isn't but 6 months old, tops! if y'all don't remember, i had to replace it this spring before my first ride of the season. anyways, is this unusual? is there anything that could be draining the battery, even though the ignition and engine kill switch is off? or is it just garbage batteries i am using? i guess for now i'll just live to ride another day.

Heat and vibration are the two biggest killers of batteries.. is the battery hold down tight so the battery is not banging around... are teh caps to the resevoirs that hold the acid tight and sealed fully, are the terminal ends tight and the bolts that hold the terminal ends clean and not corroded. if all this is ok and there are no exposed wires check the stator... if that doesn't work just buy a harley and you can worry about a bunch of problems and not have to worry about a problem like a battery..
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Your batt should def. be lasting longer than a few months. What brand is it? Mine has been in for almost 3 years and still cranking. Even survived my first crash when I first got it many moons ago.



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i'll have my hubby check all the leads you guys gave me when he gets home today and i'll let you know what i find out. thanks for everyone's help. i don't even remember the brand of battery it is. i didn't really pay attention when i put it in last time, i just droppped it in and ran. so i'll go down and check that here in a minute. i'll keep you all posted...

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Hook a voltmeter up to the battery and check the voltage. Then remove the meter, jumper the bike to get it started and check the voltage again. It should be about 13-14V. If not, your stator may be toast.
I had the same problem with mine a while ago......I opted out for a new battery.
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If the battery tests good, check the starter relay. It could be that the starter relay is drawing more amps than the battery can crank.
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Do you have a clock or some other display "on" all the time?? three weeks of no riding or starting and sitting in the heat...could have drained it, but it should have come back when you were out riding it...put the 2 amp charger on it overnight...if it still won't hold...buy a quality battery...or a HONDA...
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well, after a night on the trickle charger, the bike fired right up the next day. so that is good news, i suppose. i still haven't had the chance to get her out yet, but i will try starting her again today. hopefully tomorrow i can get some time in. she is being neglected, and i think this was a cry for attention.
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I understand that, in the six weeks I've had the bike, I've put $250 worth or repairs into the car... It's definately trying to make a point. I'd only put $150 in repairs in the first 7 months I owned it.
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Do you have a clock or some other display "on" all the time?? three weeks of no riding or starting and sitting in the heat...could have drained it, but it should have come back when you were out riding it...put the 2 amp charger on it overnight...if it still won't hold...buy a quality battery...or a HONDA...
Good question. I have the same problem with a jet ski. After getting tired of jumping it off all the time. (didn't want to buy another tender) I put a master shut off on it. Now it can set all winter and still start in the spring.

itgirl, Check the stuff already mentioned. Even if you get it charged, you need to know what is causing the problem.

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I take my battery out of the bike every other week and charge it with my auto charger at 1 amp. Then I top up the fluid with distilled water. Out here the acid evaporates quite easily. When it does the battery sulfates and won't hold a charge.
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Good question. I have the same problem with a jet ski. After getting tired of jumping it off all the time. (didn't want to buy another tender) I put a master shut off on it. Now it can set all winter and still start in the spring.
You don't take the battery out?

If you wire up the batteries in parallel you can use one tender for two batteries... Pos to Pos, Neg to Neg... My old man made a wiring harness with some random wire and some alligator clips...

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