Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Sudden Battery Failure???
Finally able to ride my bike here today and thought I would go for an afternoon ride. Turned out to be more of an adventure than I wanted though.
I got about 55 km from home (30 miles), stopped the bike and shut it off. Tried to restart a couple minutes later and had absolutely nothing. Hardly could see the neutral light. Tried to push the thing on a flat rode to bump start it. When I regained consciousness .........
I called Mrs. klr4evr and she came out with some tools and booster cables. Bike started instantly and I rode it home. Crap this is getting too familiar. Had this happen on my Goldwing last fall.
Got home, shut off bike and again it would't start. Got out my meter. I will now admit that me and a meter aren't exactly pals. Electrical is my least favourite thing to troubleshoot. I know enough to be dangerous. Battery showed about 12.5 volts with ignition off. Turned on ignition and the voltage dropped to 8.5V, without cranking the engine. I know it's not going to start with that. Brought out a booster battery and restarted the bike. Battery didn't seem to be taking a charge. Voltage steady at 12.5 and every once in awhile it would drop to 8.5 with motor running. Weird.
Removed battery and hooked up my old Goldwing battery with booster cables. On a side note I bought a new battery for the Wing but probably didn't need it. I removed my alternator to check the condition of the brushes only to find that one brush was sticking in it's holder. Voltage of battery was near 13V. Turned on ignition with no significant change. Hit starter and it dropped to about 11.5V. Running at 2000RPM and it's reading 14V so I think my charging system is fine.
I'm about to order a replacement battery based on my findings unless someone with more electrical expertise sees something I am missing.
don't know what to buy. The failed battery is an AGM and is about 4 years old. My OEM Yuasa wet cell lasted me 7 years so I'm not impressed with the/ this AGM. There is this Made in China written on it that has me thinking I should spend more of my wife's money.
If you read this far good on you. Advice appreciated.
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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