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post #1 of 35 Old 11-23-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start

OK, hit the starter...an anemic groaning sound. Lights work. Checked the connections at the battery and the back of the starter solenoid. I put in a good battery a year or so ago and ride the bike pretty often. It sat in a hard rain last night. Any ideas?




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Update. Push started the bike (I don't understand those who say it is a hard bike to push start, but that's another discussion). Bike started. Just took a blast up the freeway and back. No time for a real ride. Bike started when I got home. We'll see if it starts tomm. At least this narrows things down.

How long does one have to ride for the battery to charge if it don't start tomm? An hour?




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Cold weather will really zap a battery especially the first real cold snap of the season like the one we are experiencing this week. One hour should be enough as long as the battery does not have a short internally. Did you check the water level? You know KLR's are known to cook the water dry.

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Clean the battery connections whether you think they need it or not. Add a little dialectic grease before hokking it back up. Also check the ground at the frame.
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Thanks guys. Yeah, it is cold as crap. I just went out and started the bike cause I'm a fool. Started though. Strong, too. Fingers crossed.

D, I did a little spit and polish and tighten on everything I touched. I'll take a good ride tomm and post the results. Gonna be cold tonight...

Oh yeah, should have mentioned. AGM battery, so levels aren't an issue.




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Thanks guys. Yeah, it is cold as crap. I just went out and started the bike cause I'm a fool. Started though. Strong, too. Fingers crossed.

D, I did a little spit and polish and tighten on everything I touched. I'll take a good ride tomm and post the results. Gonna be cold tonight...

Oh yeah, should have mentioned. AGM battery, so levels aren't an issue.

Did you ever have the wiring harness recall done or check it yourself? Usually a bad spot will blow a fuse but it could drain the battery I guess. The wet might have gotten into the harness somewhere.

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Did you ever have the wiring harness recall done or check it yourself? Usually a bad spot will blow a fuse but it could drain the battery I guess. The wet might have gotten into the harness somewhere.
Good call, thanks, but yeah, that's taken care of.

I seriously need a garage. Anyone got one they're not using?




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I seriously need a garage. Anyone got one they're not using?
Yeah, but it's in Ohio. I have to say putting the bike on a battery tender really extends a batteries life. I picked up a second Battery tender Jr. at Iron Pony for $30. Half as much as a battery so we'll see if it lasts two years. So far so good.

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Yeah, but it's in Ohio. I have to say putting the bike on a battery tender really extends a batteries life. I picked up a second Battery tender Jr. at Iron Pony for $30. Half as much as a battery so we'll see if it lasts two years. So far so good.
Hmmm...Ohio is a bit far...

My Honda hogs the battery tender, but you may be right. I'd have to run some connectors out though. Taking off the side plastics and seat all the time would be a drag. I just flip the seat up and clip it on with the Honda. I still have the other connectors somewhere...in one of the boxes of "motorcycle shit". Interesting how those boxes add up over the years.




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I was all ready to yell water level until you ruined it for me.. Killjoy..

And, as much as I don't want to tell you this.. Your battery is close to being toast.. I know it's an expensive one, and it's only a year old, but my gut says you need to visit walmart and spend $49 for a new one..

I get 3 years out of my Walmart crap batterys, and I don't take them out of the bike for winter.. I'll toss the charger on them a couple times during the winter, but othe than that, they're abused, forgetten, and put away wet... And in the spring I put the key in, pull the choke, and the bikes starts without aid from a set of jumper cables...

Did I mention the batteries are cheap? (ok, cheaper than other batteries)
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