Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: The Greater LA Area
2012 won't start!... sometimes
Sorry, this is gonna be wordy, but I want to be sure I fully explain my situation.
Like the title says, my bike is having intermittent starting issues. It began 4 days ago when I went to start my bike in the morning after sitting overnight. I followed my normal start up procedure. With the bike in neutral, kickstand up I pressed the starter, but all I got was a faint clicking noise. It sounds similar to the piezoelectric lighter on a gas stove. I switched it off and removed the key turned it back on and then tried to start again. Still no luck.
Ended up taking the car to class instead; didn't want to risk being stranded at school. Later that day I pulled the battery out to check the fluid level, and noticed a small amount of battery acid (a few mL) had dripped onto the battery cover screw and one of the passenger footpeg bolts. Upon inspection the acid level in the battery seemed to be normal, I had topped it off a while back and there seemed to be no perceivable change in fluid level.
I reconnected the battery and was able to bump start it. I went for a 20-30 minute ride to test the battery/stator, and from what I can tell the battery is in good condition and the stator is charging. When I got back I shut off the bike. After a few minutes I tried to turn it on and it started right up. Next morning it started up again perfectly, but after class it wouldn't turn over anymore. Again, I was able to bump start it, ride home, shut it off, and turn it on again with no problems.
So this is my question: what could be wrong with my bike that would make it have problems starting after having been run earlier in the day, but not when I start it up at 8 in the morning after sitting all night?