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post #1 of 12 Old 08-24-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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New Battery and I Killed It

Replace the stock battery with a gel, simple enough, right? Knowing the original battery was getting tired, I ordered a new gel. Started the bike yesterday just to test the charge. Changed the battery today and now there's no power. Reinstall the old battery with no change. Been through the fuse steps as mentioned elsewhere. Can the ignition switch fail just like that? Ideas?



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post #2 of 12 Old 08-24-2013, 06:16 PM
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Possible. Do the lights burn with switch on? Polarity correct on new battery? Are you sure the new battery has a charge?

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Thanks, Flash. I'm not really that new, just haven't been here for a bit. May have reregistered.


No lights, nothing.... Checked the new battery, it's fully charged, connected correctly etc. Jumped the fuse holder then replaced the fuse...



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Short of that and checking for a blown fuse I got nothing. I'm sure there is a way to bypass the switch (hotwire) it to determine if the switch is good or not. But that's past my expertise. Someone will be along shortly to help.

Oh, have you checked for a faulty ground?

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I did check grounds. 13.6 volts battery from terminal to frame. So power is present.
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BTW if info is given on hot wiring please communicate by PM or email.

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Flash - Mine is a 2009. Sorry, I posted incorrectly. Would you please move this thread?


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Main power supply circuitry FAULT (as in, open circuit).

Blown main fuse likely cause; defective battery connection possible.

WHITE should carry + 12 VDC to ignition switch; ignition switch ON should connect + 12 VDC to BROWN, and route to all lighting connections, etc.

RoberTX has a wiring diagram of the Generation 2 KLR650 up on the Web; leaving on a ride or I'd post the URL. Google, "2008 KLR650 Wiring Diagram."

A wiring diagram and a multi-meter should effect a diagnosis.
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same thing 2 weeks ago was kill switch
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same thing 2 weeks ago was kill switch
The lights should still burn even if the kill switch were defective.

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