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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-10-2016, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Rode 2 months ago, bike doesn't start.

I believe my last ride was about 2 months ago, everything was fine. I parked the bike, just never hooked it up to the battery tender. It did rain alittle. Tried to start the bike a 2 days ago, the neutral and oil light turn on, but the bike doesn't turn on. Put it on the battery tender, it's a solid red and has been since this morning when I checked. Still just the neutral and oil light turn on.

Ever since I installed my new amp/speakers and DIY air ride, it's been on the battery tender. I do know I can activate my air ride when the bike is off, but I don't think it's constantly running unless I try to add air.

Any ideas what it could be? I'd hate to buy another battery, would be the third one in less than 2 years.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-10-2016, 05:43 AM
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Run a test on the battery. If you don't have the tools to do so take it out & run it by your local auto parts place. They should be able to load test it. Prior to that, make sure all your cables are tight and corrosion free.

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Did you check for DTC's? Check the run/stop switch on the handlebars, also try wiggling the main ignition switch a little and see what happens, with the bike being up in it's years it may be possible that the main ignition is going bad. I know that on my 08 the main ignition switch is going bad because I can put in the run position and the bike may not start then a simple wiggle establishes the connection and the bike will start, I got a new ignition switch I just haven't put it in yet.
If you turn on the ignition and you can hear the fuel pump run then the problem may be in the starter wire connections, first check the small wire at the back of the starter if that wire has a bad connection the starter will be dead and not work at all, also check the main starter wires.
Chances are your battery is good I can leave my bike alone for 2 months without a battery tender (I don' use a tender at all) with the security running and I can go out and start it with no problems.
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Thank you, I'll try and check tomorrow.

Just my luck when the extended warranty expires something happens.

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As you said... Ever since I did "X"... I've had a problem.

Then therein lies the problem.

With these Can-Bus systems... you can't just splice into any wire and not expect other issues to pop up .

I'd disconnect your battery and do an amp check... then connect it again and re-test. That will tell you if your bike is sucking the life out of it.

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Is it just that the bike won't turn over when you push the button? But the lights and horn still work??
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Many tenders will not charge up a depleted battery. Hook it to a charger, or jump start it. Couldn't imagine not riding for 2 months.


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Do you hear the fuel pump run with the on/off switch to on or run and the ignition switch on? Also do the lights go dim when you hit the start button indicating low voltage? As as mentioned above, check the connections at the starter. Use a test light to make sure the starter is getting power with ignition switch on and when you hit the start button. You may also want to try to gently tap on the starter with the handle of a hammer or screwdriver. It is possible that the start may be hung up because it has been sitting and because of the age of the bike.

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Just had the same problem with mine and found this thread. Last thing I did was wash the bike and it has been sitting, after driving it into the garage, for about a month. Thought that I would make sure it fired up before pulling it out of the garage. While getting some other things ready, I tried to fire it up and got nothing. Ignition on, bright lights, switched the run switch to on and Zip. After reading this thread, I went back out and did a slow startup process and noticed that the neural switch was not lit up. I didn't know that the bike would not start unless it is in neutral or the clutch is pulled in. I'm glad it is set up that way. This is such a great resource! Thanks Dinggus.
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With these Can-Bus systems... you can't just splice into any wire and not expect other issues to pop up

The OP 2007 bike doesn't have a can-bus system so that is out of play.


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As you said... Ever since I did "X"... I've had a problem.

Then therein lies the problem.

With these Can-Bus systems... you can't just splice into any wire and not expect other issues to pop up .

I'd disconnect your battery and do an amp check... then connect it again and re-test. That will tell you if your bike is sucking the life out of it.

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Is it just that the bike won't turn over when you push the button? But the lights and horn still work??
I never spliced any wires, it's more of a quick connect linked to wires. The neutral light and oil light come on, I noticed the cruise control switch and auxiliary switch were dim. Doesn't turn, I didn't try the horn.

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Many tenders will not charge up a depleted battery. Hook it to a charger, or jump start it. Couldn't imagine not riding for 2 months.
Might have to try the car jumping it, I'd hate to take all the wiring apart again, lol. I enjoy riding, just not in 45F or below weather. Europe doesn't have a long riding season like I am use to in Miami. I would have rode within those 2 months, but work has me traveling alot.

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Do you hear the fuel pump run with the on/off switch to on or run and the ignition switch on? Also do the lights go dim when you hit the start button indicating low voltage? As as mentioned above, check the connections at the starter. Use a test light to make sure the starter is getting power with ignition switch on and when you hit the start button. You may also want to try to gently tap on the starter with the handle of a hammer or screwdriver. It is possible that the start may be hung up because it has been sitting and because of the age of the bike.
Fuel pump and lights don't turn on. Only lights I see turning on is: neutral, oil, cruise control switch (very dim) and auxiliary switch (very dim). Do I just touch the starter with the test light? It's new, only 3 years old. The bike doesn't even try to turn over.

If this ends up being the battery, how will I know what's pulling power? It's most likely my air-ride since the switch can be activated when the bike is off, right?

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