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09-17-2018 01:09 PM
PaddyD
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Originally Posted by klr4evr View Post
It's only a rare event until it happens to you. Did to me. Stopped my KLR on the side of the road to check something out after riding for a hour or so. Shut of bike. Went to restart, it grunted and it was done. Had to call the MRS. Rescue Service to bring me home.
Happened to me back in 1987. Was riding my XLH 1100 from Ft Benning, GA up to Michigan. Stopped in London, KY for gas. Gassed up, fired her up and rode next door to McDonalds for some lunch. Came back out and zip.. Luckily about a mile up the road there was a HD dealer ( no longer there) they put a new battery in and away I went. A cell shorted out. Batteries either die slow progressive deaths or all at once like mine did. Rare, but it does happen.
06-15-2018 07:53 PM
larry31
Sudden Death

Years ago, my Suzuki Cavalcade would kill the battery about once a year, unexpectedly.
It wasn't until I had it die, and jump started by a guy who just came along, and connected jumper cables wrong, and burned up a ground wire in the harness.
That was repaired, and was not the cause of the batteries going dead.
In making the harness repair, I found the initial cause.
My factory aux. running lights had a wire tie wrapped to the engine crash bar. That tie wrap was tight, and over time, pinched the insulation on that wire, thus shorting it to the crash bar. It was an intermittent short, and would kill the battery.
After repairing that one short, I never lost another battery again.

Weird things can make you grow old before your time!
06-15-2018 07:26 PM
dan filipi I had one AGM die without warning in the Goldwing. 3- 7 year warrantied Bosch batteries in my Suburban die 1-2 years in.
They don’t make batteries as tough as they used to.
06-15-2018 07:13 PM
klr4evr
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Originally Posted by patroy75 View Post
Very rare a battery just dies lickity split.
It's only a rare event until it happens to you. Did to me. Stopped my KLR on the side of the road to check something out after riding for a hour or so. Shut of bike. Went to restart, it grunted and it was done. Had to call the MRS. Rescue Service to bring me home.
06-12-2018 10:35 PM
pdwestman
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Originally Posted by Coverscout View Post
The main fuse was blown. BUT every time I replace it and then turn the key, it blows again. ???


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Check the Main Harness between the fuel tank and the coolant reservoir bracket (on RH side). That is the most common rub/pinch spot! Re-route the wire bundle above & in-front of the reservoir bracket.
06-12-2018 10:04 PM
Coverscout Dead low beam.


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06-12-2018 06:23 PM
DPelletier There's a short somewhere; check all connections and the wiring.

https://www.usrecallnews.com/nhtsa-4321/

Dave
06-12-2018 05:00 PM
Coverscout The main fuse was blown. BUT every time I replace it and then turn the key, it blows again. ???


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06-06-2018 07:58 PM
pdwestman
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Itís a 2008. Iíll look into the battery cables. Thanks


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One can go to www.kawasaki.com, then Owners Center, then key in your VIN to see if the recalls were Supposedly performed.

Whether or not the recalls were Properly Performed is a whole nother matter!

The MAIN Fuse is under the RED squeeze CAP on top of the Hi Amp starter relay, which is under the long black plastic cover next to the fuel petcock. The SPARE fuse is tucked into the rubber holster at the Bottom of the relay.
06-06-2018 05:07 PM
DPelletier by all means check the battery connections.......but also check the main fuse as Paul said and be aware that 2008's had a recall for "wiring harnes rub through".

Dave
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