Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Austin, TX, USA
k12GT in accident now it won't crank
I recently bought a 2003 K1200GT at auction as a salvaged bike due to an obvious accident involving mostly the left side. It's a complete bike aside from a busted master cylinder hand clutch.
When I turn the key to the "on" position, I get the lights to the instrument panel with a rapidly blinking red ABS light. After a few seconds it changes to a slower but constantly blinking red ABS light.
The starter button works. The headlight and taillight work. The left side blinker/hazards work. The right side blinker control and blinker kill switch do not work, i.e. I cannot turn on the right side blinkers and cannot turn off the left hand blinkers due to the unresponsive blinker kill switch on the right hand controls.
I drained and replaced the gas. I replaced the busted clutch master cylinder and used a speed bleeder to bleed/prime the clutch. I also changed the oil and oil filter (just in case there was gas in the oil).
The Odyssey battery still holds a strong charge verified with a digital battery tester. The bike is in neutral, the sidestand switch is up, the engine cutoff switch is set to the run position. Fuses are good. All of the electrical connections are snug/tight.
When I first turn the key to "on" I hear the ABS cycle but not the fuel pump. I tested the wires going to the fuel pump and there's no power going to it when I turn the key on. I pulled the spark plugs and used a spark plug tester to verify that I wasn't getting a spark to any of them. I noticed that I'm getting strong compression in each cylinder each time I try to crank it but no spark and no gas to the spark plugs. The plugs are completely dry after multiple attempts at starting.
Is it possible that the accident triggered a "fuel cut-off" switch or some other master safety switch that disables the bike from receiving spark and gas? Is there a way to check the ignition system on this bike relatively easily with basic tools or do I need a diagnostic tool like the GS-911 that I've been reading about? Should I order a GS-911 (or something similar) and try to reset everything myself or is this something that only a trained mechanic can deal with? Could this be part of an alarm system that disables the engine....hmmmmmm
I'm trying to get this thing running on a budget (I have more time than money) so it would be great if I could fix this myself. If anyone's in the Austin, TX willing to take a look at this and maybe feels like drinking a few beers while we get 'er done.......... well, that would be alright too.
Thanks in Advance,
2003 K1200GT Austin, TX
Last edited by RCE2303; Oct 3rd, 2010 at 12:57 am.
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