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post #1 of 4 Old 07-10-2017, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Battery issue with my first klr

So 3 weeks ago i bought my first motorcycle a 1997 klr 650 with 30k on it, everything ran good until last thursday i took it for a 20 mile highway ride. I got to my destination and turned off the bike when i went to turn it back on it wouldnt start. It made a buzzing noise but wouldnt crank over. So i thought to jump start it, even though it should have been charged from riding it all the way there. I had been riding it all day before that ride but anyway i jump started it and started up fine a couple more times later that night. I didnt ride it on friday but on Saturday it started right up and i rode it to the hardware store and back and once i got back and turned it off and then same thing wouldnt start. So i took the battery to my local autoparts store to check it out. He said it was at 11 volts when i brought it in. He then charged it for a bit and said the battery was fine that wasnt the problem. I went back home and it sounded like the starter clicked but nothing happened no crank and then i tried it again, same thing. On the third attempt it fired right up. Anyone know of anything that might be givin me a problem? Is the battery not charging? Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-10-2017, 05:36 AM
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Hi sounds to me if battery is fully charged and load tested that you may have a bad dirty connection ck all battery starter leads clean and tighten them and retest
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-10-2017, 11:33 AM
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The clicking could be a problem with the starter relay. However, because it also appears that your battery isn't being charged, I would first check the stator and voltage regulator. Do you have a clymer manual? If not, check out these videos:

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-11-2017, 05:09 PM
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I agree with making sure your battery terminals are clean and tight.

I would run some wires from the battery terminals up to the handle bars so I could hook up a volt meter to monitor the battery full time for a while.

For normal charging while ridding the voltage should be between 13.6 and 14.4 volts to recharge the battery.

After the key is turned off it should drop slowly to 12.7 when new or maybe 12.6 or 12.5 as the battery gets older.
Overnight the battery should hold very close to where it was the day before.
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