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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2019, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start. Red light and oil indicator. No error code.

Hi guys. 2014 DL1000A. I did an oil and oil filter change on her a couple weeks (and a couple hundred km) ago. Went by the book, so that shouldn't be a problem. As of yesterday, she's not starting at all. When I push the starter, i get a buzzing noise then the dash re-initializes. The red light beside the gear indicator is on, and the oil symbol beside it. I jumped the dealer plug and the fault code is c00 - no error. The FI indicator is not coming up either.

Does anyone have any ideas before I spend stupid money at the mechanic?

I did search the forum first, but couldn't find an answer, so sorry if this is a repeat question.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-23-2019, 04:03 AM
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What did you do last to your bike before it would not start, maybe a wipe down or a wash? Have you checked whether the clutch switch has come adrift? Is the buzzing sound from the fuel pump priming? What is the battery voltage?
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What did you do last to your bike before it would not start, maybe a wipe down or a wash? Have you checked whether the clutch switch has come adrift? Is the buzzing sound from the fuel pump priming? What is the battery voltage?
1. Didn't give it a wash, but thinking about it, I spilled some fuel on the tank and washed that off with the servo watering can. Is there a known issue here? I've ridden in the rain more times than i can remember with no problems?
2. Clutch works, because it tries to turn over. If clutch switch was tanked, it wouldn't try to start
3. Fuel pump primes fine. The buzzing is when i press the starter in. It sounds like it's trying to start the starter, but isn't....kinda. Loud buzzing.
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Just for giggles go to the battery with a multi meter and confirm voltage as Gert suggested, while there confirm contacts on battery are clean and tight.
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And also check the main ground cable to the engine for clean good contact.

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Most likely a bad battery. Easy to confirm with a volt meter.

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Yup, run a jumper to your car, but do NOT start the car, then see if the bike will start. It is almost certainly the battery.
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You lot are freakin brilliant. Opened up the cover and sure enough the ground terminal was corroded to hell and back. Wire brush and some bicarb and she's come good and starts fine.

Will be replacing the battery in the near future though. Don't think it's been done since the bike was new 5 years ago. Certainly not since I got her in 2016.
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While on this topic, I had a flat battery recently, so connected the battery to my car's battery via jumper leads (correctly am pretty sure - pos to pos, neg to neg). But got no current going to the bike battery. Connected up to our other car's battery and same result - wouldn't draw charge from either car battery via the jumper leads. Car engines were never started. What am I doing wrong? Eventually got going by using battery charger, but missed out on terrific group ride as a result....
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one of 2 things

Bad connections on the two batteries.

The cables you used are stuffed.

Now this is what I would have done in that position & I'm not recommending you do this.

When hooked to the good battery and as far away from any battery as you can be with the length of cable you are using touch the red and black clamps together in a sliding motion, you should get sparks.


If you have no sparks the connections are bad or the cables are bad, move the connections and try again, still no sparks your leads are bad, have a look inside the grips on the clamps you may find a wire has pulled out.


The reason for the sliding motion is so the clamps can't stick together.


Do you know why your battery was flat in the first place ? a bad battery can kill a ECU.


If you don't get positive to positive and negative to negative you will know it, there will be a shower of sparks as you put the last clamp in place, that is dangerous because the gasses in a battery are very explosive, that is why they recommend the last connection is done to the motor not the battery.

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