Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
That sort of short (a sizzling sound) would usually be accompanied by a strong ozone odor, the smell of melting plastic, and smoke. If you look down at the relay area and don't see melted insulation then there likely isn't a short anywhere.
When the battery is bad it will not deliver enough amperage to turn the starter and turn the engine. That is usually accompanied by a buzzing sound as the relay attempts to turn the starter motor.
I would look first at the battery being kaput. Voltage is not an indicator of battery state. It is entirely possible for a battery to show more than 12.6 volts but for the individual cells to be sulfated such that the battery will not deliver any current. What you need to perform is a load test, which any auto parts store can do for you. Charge the battery on a good charger and then take it for a load test over at the NAPA, O'Reilly, or Advance auto parts store
Batteries will also bounce back on voltage. In one of my fits of Wierd Science, I flattened a battery by leaving it connected to a bulb until it showed only about 2 or 3 volts. It was deader than Jacob Marley. It bounced back to over 11 volts and I was able to kick start a Gen 2 with it.
That you are able to start the engine sometimes would indicate that the battery is on its last legs. Load test it and replace if it doesn't pass. Batteries are a consumable with a three or four-year life expectancy if they are treated right. Frankly, a 2002 with less than a thousand miles a year on it hasn't treated the battery right. I'd wager that the bike hasn't been ridden much in the last few years and the battery has gone flat several times and been recharged. That's mighty hard on a battery.
BTW, a typical KLR will go 200-220 miles before needing to be switched to reserve. There's really no reason to ever go on reserve because the seat is such an ass-hatchet that you'll need to stop after a couple of hours. Might as well get gas. Do mover the lever around from time to time just to keep the gasket in good shape. In fact, bo old-school and turn it off when you park it.
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Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 06-19-2019 at 10:49 AM.