Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Pulled the bike out from storage yesterday. Bike would turn over, but would not start. In fact, with each crank, it would crank for approx. 3 seconds, then shut it itself off (unlike the earlier KRS's that would weld the contacts together!!). Mine is an '02 with 140,000km.
Battery takes a charge; brought it up to 13V in no time. Went for a ride of about an hour in duration before I shut it off. Same thing. Barely cranks over. I'm now 60km from home. Thank God I was smart enough to be at a gas station and bring my charger. On my way in less than 20 minutes. Headed home.
Starting was difficult last year, so it has nothing to do with storage. I'm reading through the Clymer's, and it looks like I need the dealers Moby Dick to do a proper assessment of the alternator and starter.
I guess I can't rule out a parasitic draw, which is one of the easier tests in the Clymer's. I suspect a failing starter motor, and I guess I would have to find Pierre's thread on how to pull that out the easy way.
Voltage at terminals read 11.6 with ignition on but not running, and 12.5 with ignition off. Battery charges up to 13V in a few minutes. I don't see a problem with the battery. It was load tested last year and it checked out fine. Odyssey 680, by the way. About 2 years old at best.
Not looking forward to any of this.
At least I have the KLR to keep me happy at this point.
Any thoughts/suggestions ??