Bike dead this morning


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Bike dead this morning

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:03 am



Nothing to do with the front tire, but the bike was running no problem, then it got a bit chilly & it rained & hailed a bit last last. I've been using the reverse a fair amount of late, but anyway, went to start it this morning & nuthin. All the lights went on & the horn was loud, so it seemd like the battery was good. & the battery seemed up. I gave it a boost & still nothing. I'm gonna take the battery is to get checked. Hopefully that's all it is. Any ideas? It's a 92 1500.



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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:50 pm

Do you mean that the lights,other than the headlight,stayed on but it would not crank.?
Pull the clutch lever in,will it crank.
Does the neutral light stay on.?
Is the kill switch in the run position.?
Did anything click when you tried to start it.?

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby Mh434 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:29 pm

When I had the same problem (spun over great, but wouldn't start) my battery (an Odyssey AGM) was the problem. New AGM battery, all was good again. The 1500's are funny that way - it seems that firing the ignition system & plugs almost takes more power than the starter. In my case (lots of others too, apparently) if I let go of the starter button it would usually start, if the motor was still spinning a bit from inertia, as there was suddenly enough juice to fire the plugs.

BTW, at that point the Odyssey was still testing out as "ok". Strangely, my maintenance charger never showed a green light, indicating fully charged, with that battery.

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:21 pm

It doesn't even spin. It's like the starter doesn't engage.

virgilmobile

All lights worked..not sure about headlight as I cudn't see that cuz I was trying to start it.
I'll try what u said re the clutch lever & get back to u.
kill switch is in run position & yes, there was a little click when I tryed to start it, but > anything, it just didn't seem to engage.
All the lights, horn, & radio worked good when I tryed to start it.

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:57 pm

It would not be uncommon for one of the start solenoids to be bad.
There's two of them.both click to crank the engine.
Either use a test probe to verify volts to the starter or lightly tap each one while trying to crank.

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:15 pm

I have the battery out to trickle charge it, but before I put it on the charger, what kind of readings would I get put a multimeter on the battery when it's off the bike? & then after charging it?

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:31 pm

Off the bike, the multimeter reads the battery at 12.35 V. With a load tester, under a load for 10 secs, it shows 10 V. Time for a charge?

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:55 pm

A fully charged "12V" battery should actually read 13.2 volts. Each of the six cells is 2.2 volts. It sounds like your battery is cooked, if it only produces 10V under load. Many auto parts stores have a battery tester they can verify my suspicions if you take it in to get it checked out. You'll probably have to turn it in if you buy another one anyway.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Bike dead this morning

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:28 pm

Battery just needed a good charge. Maybe I don't take it on long enuf drives or somethin. It's under warranty anyway




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