2001 F4i not starting: Solutions? - TwoWheelForum: Motorcycle and Sportbike forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-11-2008, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1
2001 F4i not starting: Solutions?

Hello,

After ending the riding season towards the end of last fall, my bike has been stored in my shed until now. When I attempted to start it, my bike was completely dead.

I attempted to hook it up to a quick-charge system. Ordinarily, after doing this for a few minutes, I would be able to start a bike up--even if it meant the charger had to stay on. But, even with the charger still hooked up, there's no dice.

I'm kind of broke at the moment, so can't afford to have it towed to the shop and such. I also don't want to experiment with buying parts. What could it be? Is it likely the battery, or would it be the regulator? Any other things to try before I purchase one of these?

Thanks!!
marcus314 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-12-2008, 07:48 PM
Banned
 
PlayfulGod's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Dalton, Georgia
Posts: 9,569
Send a message via AIM to PlayfulGod Send a message via MSN to PlayfulGod
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcus314 View Post
Hello,

After ending the riding season towards the end of last fall, my bike has been stored in my shed until now. When I attempted to start it, my bike was completely dead.

I attempted to hook it up to a quick-charge system. Ordinarily, after doing this for a few minutes, I would be able to start a bike up--even if it meant the charger had to stay on. But, even with the charger still hooked up, there's no dice.

I'm kind of broke at the moment, so can't afford to have it towed to the shop and such. I also don't want to experiment with buying parts. What could it be? Is it likely the battery, or would it be the regulator? Any other things to try before I purchase one of these?

Thanks!!
Most likely its the battery. Thats where I would start. You can take the battery out n take n have it tested to make sure its toast. MC batteries dont take well to long spells of non-use esp when its cold/freezing. After you have or know you have a good battery, your bike should start up or at least spin the starter. Once its started n warmed up you can check the voltage output with a multimeter, I think the most it should be putting out is like 14.8v. And the lowest shouldnt be below 12v. If either of those are off then its most likely the rectifier/regulator. If it doesnt have any output its prolly the stator shot.
PlayfulGod is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-13-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,017
for some odd reason, once a battery fully drains (dead) it will never fully recover. methinks the cells short out. new batteries are not expensive. go replace it.

there's a method to test the charging system with a volt meter ( +1 or 2 volts when the engine is on , base voltage should be around 11.2-12 v).

-a|ex
Back _Marker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TwoWheelForum: Motorcycle and Sportbike forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome