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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-07-2008, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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05 kawi 500r stopped running

So I was sitting at a light today and my 05 500r just died out of no where. I was running a little low on gas so i tried to start it off the reserve, but my battery was also really low. I had driven almost 2 miles in town, stopping at a couple lights before it just decided to die.

A friend came by and tried to jump it, but it still wouldn't turn over. It would crank and act like it wanted to, but not turn over. I bought some gas at the local grocery store...its probably not the best gas ever, so I'm hoping thats the problem. I bought a can of octane booster and dumped it in there, wouldn't turn over but I'm not sure its gotten through to it yet. After a long ordeal, I have it at my house now.

The bike currently has 10.2k miles on it. The original owner said he had the plugs changed around 2k along with something else which I forgot what it was. I have changed the oil twice since I've had it, once recently.

Any tips on what it could be? Just happened tonight so I havent got a chance to look at it, hopefully Sunday. Would it be bad to dump another bottle of octane booster in it?

Thanks!
-Cody
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 03:32 PM
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Simple... bad battery. Always start there... needs to show 12.8 volts




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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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The battery was low on acid when I took it out today. I will need to keep a better eye on that. Its currently on the trickle charger after i got some more acid in it. But wouldn't jump starting it make it turn over for at least as long as it was hooked up to the car?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, well, in my infinite wisdom, after I tried to start it again Saturday morning, i left the key in the on position with the trickle charger on it. So today I get out to my bike to work on it and the battery is completely drained and the trickle charger says 'Trouble'

Take the battery out, a couple of the columns are less than 1/2 full of acid, so i go to oreilleys and get more acid. Its currently charging again, which eliminates my one day off to figure out what the hell is wrong with my bike.

I did hook it up after it was refilled and put on the charger for a while and tried to start it. I'm guessing its the starter relay that starts to click when the voltage is too low. It was doing that, but on the starter itself, it was only getting a little more than 1 volt while trying to start, even though the battery would be about 7V after the starter button was engaged (about 11.8 at rest). Could that be part of the problem or does it just not allow it to send that much voltage if the voltage on the battery is really low?

Now I'm probably going to have to replace the god damn battery....grrrr
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-09-2008, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Edit: After letting it charge longer, it does allow more voltage to go to the starter once it has more voltage. Still not fully charged so I'm done for today.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bought a new battery, same old thing

Any more advice?
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