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post #1 of 16 Old 02-09-2015, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Starter noise - no start

My bike won't start and basically sounds like this klr in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JlO...ature=youtu.be

Please cut and paste since I haven't posted enough to post url's yet. Sorry about that.

Just got my battery back from autozone for a recharge, just in case and the problem is still there. Was wondering what others thought it could be before I tore it down and checked fuses and wires and whatnot. Comments on the vid say it could be the relay. Does that sound right?

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It sounds like a dead battery, even though you've had it charged. Was the battery load tested?

Remove the spark plug, remove the plastic plug in the left side case, and see if you can turn it over by hand. This is just to make sure that it is not seized or hydrolocked.

Turn it through a few revolutions to make sure it is free.

Try the starter with no spark plug in and see what happens.

Let the battery rest for an hour and check the terminal voltage and report back.

Damocles and Norm may be along shortly with some better ideas for electrical diagnosis.

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The author of the video said his problem was a bad battery. Do you have another battery you could try?

I know that you canNOT jumpstart a bike in the same fashion as a car as the charging system for a car put out too much voltage and can damage the bike.
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Thx. I think it might be the battery. I just checked it and it has less voltage than when I brought it in to AuTOZ. Either they didn't charge it or it's a bad battery. Have it on my charger now and will reply when I test it again. Thx all.
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The author of the video said his problem was a bad battery. Do you have another battery you could try?

I know that you canNOT jumpstart a bike in the same fashion as a car as the charging system for a car put out too much voltage and can damage the bike.
Nah.

Nominal 12 VDC is, well, nominal 12 VDC, kyxon!

My suggestion: Jump your battery to a known hot automobile battery and give 'er a try.

If the engine turns over (and, one hopes, starts) when jumped, but will not otherwise . . . the probable proximate cause of the problem is an inadequate on-board battery.

Some will say, "Don't RUN an automobile engine when jumping a motorcycle," this caution may have some validity--the automobile's voltage regulator may not attenuate the voltage to safe levels for the motorcycle electrics--slim possibility this is so, IMHO, but . . . a possibility.

A fully-charged automobile battery alone cannot damage a functional motorcycle's electric circuitry, any more than a fully-charged motorcycle battery can, IMHO.

Evidence supporting my case: The "World's Smallest Jump Starter" literature says this itty-bitty battery can jump ANY vehicle, from moped to full-sized automobile, without qualification. Check it out on Google (I have one, from Cycle Gear, on sale!); it's jumped three KLR650s and a Taurus V-6; told not to use on Diesel engines, but . . . I may try it out on a Cummins, in the interest of science!

BOTTOM LINE: Jump your bike with a known hot automobile battery; you will immediately find out, definitely, whether your problem is an inadequate on-board battery. "Bad" batteries sometimes hold a voltage charge, but one or more cells may break down under load. A casual voltage check may not disclose this concealed flaw.

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9 times out of 10 it's just the battery. How old is the battery that's in it now?



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On a side note, I read the other day about a car-jumped motorcycle battery that exploded and killed a man. It was charged with murder.



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Accessory to murder?
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He must have had the kill switch on.

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Thx all. Turns out it was the battery. I put mine on my trickle charger over night and the bike fired right up. Gonna ride her over to AutoZone and tell management about the a_hole who lied about charging my battery. Can't believe some people.
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