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post #1 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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A Battery of Problems

Well, I think it's the battery. Let me give you the symptoms and you decide. To start off, I don't have a battery tester, and won't have a chance to take it to the local auto parts store for another week to have it tested. This is where you come in. What do you think?

2005 KLR650 with 5500 miles on the clock. It tipped over in beach type of sand in the desert. No noticeable scratches or damage to the bike. I left it on it's left side for 5 minutes before picking it up. It started right up and I rode it another 60 miles before turning it off again. At this time it didn't start.

I had never checked the battery water before. My first step was to take the seat off to check it. I noticed some fluid leaked out. Probably when it tipped over. I filled it up with water and put the bike back together. It still doesn't start. I had to push start the bike for it to run. I was hoping I'd ride it some more to let itself recharge. I rode it another 800 miles that day. I had to push start it at every gas stop. I obviously assume I need a new battery.

Anyway, here's the catch. I parked it in my garage after the ride. A couple days later I pressed the starter button and it started right up. WTF? So I ride it a few miles and turn the bike off. It starts right up again. I ride it a few more miles and turn it off again. This time it does not start. WTF?

Here's my question. Does a dead battery recharge itself by sitting for a couple days, then die again a few miles later? Maybe it's not the battery? I'd like to hear what you think. Any feedback will be highly appreciated.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 06:41 PM
 
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I think your batt is fine. they will recover to some degree but very little. I would start at the side stand and check all the cut uot switches. On mine the one on the clutch lever has given me some trouble at times. Lots of people disconnect the switches but I let my wife and daughter ride mine so I keep them in working order. You also want to check all the batt connections. Not just the batt end but the other end as well.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 06:59 PM
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Make sure your battery connections are tight. They loosen up due to vibration and you get the problem you described. It happened to me several times the first year I had my KLR.
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Make sure your battery connections are tight. They loosen up due to vibration and you get the problem you described. It happened to me several times the first year I had my KLR.
I did take the battery out to put water in it. I didn't notice any loose connections.
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I think your batt is fine. they will recover to some degree but very little. I would start at the side stand and check all the cut uot switches. On mine the one on the clutch lever has given me some trouble at times. Lots of people disconnect the switches but I let my wife and daughter ride mine so I keep them in working order. You also want to check all the batt connections. Not just the batt end but the other end as well.
Yeah, I'm gonna check this out this week. People here talk about the switches a lot. I'll have to run a "search" on this forum about this subject. Thanks.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 08:58 PM
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When it won't start make sure the kick stand is up and the tranny is in neutral. Pull the clutch in and let it fling. Hit the start button, if it starts you know that clutch safety switch is out of adjustment. I wish I could remember how to adjust it or bypass it because I need to do mine as well.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 09:24 PM
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First off check that its not you safety switches. it does not sound like, but they have been reported in the past to do that.

#1 quess, it happened to me!!! its your battery connections. may sure they are tight, use dialectric grease and little lock tight.

good luck

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-22-2006, 09:27 PM
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one more thing: when you check your connections, make sure they are clean. use a little sand paper or steel wool on the connections make tripple sure they are clean, use the grease.

then go this link: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/radiatorcoolingmod.html

prind out the directions for clutch and side stand safety swtch and do them. that way you will know for sure and not have that problem ever!

good luck agian.

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one more thing: when you check your connections, make sure they are clean. use a little sand paper or steel wool on the connections make tripple sure they are clean, use the grease.

then go this link: http://www.klr650.marknet.us/radiatorcoolingmod.html

prind out the directions for clutch and side stand safety swtch and do them. that way you will know for sure and not have that problem ever!

good luck agian.
Awesome. Thanks.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-24-2006, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, so I had a few minutes before work today to run some checks on the bike. As it turns out, the bike won't start with the clutch in, in any gear, including neutral. It only starts in neutral with the clutch out. Can somebody tell me if this is the clutch safety switch? Much appreciated.
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