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post #1 of 34 Old 10-11-2017, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question 2011 battery not charging?

Bought a 2011 a few weeks ago, rode it home from seller in the Bay Area down to Los Angeles, been riding it a bit for the past 3 weeks. PO put an LED voltmeter on, and most of the time at decent speeds it was a healthy green. Turning ignition on and starting it was never a problem.

Had it out Monday. Starting it after work, once or twice it didn't do the all-lights-on both-needles-sweep thing, just put the two dashboard turn signals on, start button turned off headlights but didn't start. But 3rd or 4th time it started OK.

Riding it to Autozone to get oil for an oil change, saw the voltmeter light never went green. Couldn't start it at Autozone at all, but they gave me a boost from a loose battery so I could get home. Took the long way home on some interstates so I could get up to speed, voltmeter never went green, wouldn't start after I parked at home.

I was already planning on taking it in to a mechanic for some other bits of work, so I could get them to track this down and fix it. But is there anything that could be causing this that's stupid simple that I could do, or at least check, myself? (I can do some wrenching myself, but I'm totally new to the Wee and haven't gotten a Clymer or Haynes with a wiring diagram yet.)

I haven't had a chance to put a meter to the battery and see what it does when it's standing there vs. when I turn it on vs. when I press the Start button. But I'll do that tonight. I noticed a loose wire under the seat, but it was just for the USB port that PO put in, so that can't be it.

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It is all too common for tha stator to burn out. Later models using the same stator were recalled for the problem. New stators that are supposed to fix the problem are back ordered.
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Most the old bunch I ride with have a Wee in the stash.All but one went through a stator at between 30,000 and 50,000 .My 011 went at right around 40,000. I had extra warranty but do not know what the new one was. Thought the battery would go after going all the way flat but still good at over 59,000.Good luck.
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Thank you both. This has 45,000 miles, but PO got the stator replaced back around 3X,XXX miles. (He had impeccable maintenance records. Big thumbs up.) I'll try to check that just in case this newer stator went, but I'm guessing that's not too likely.

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None of ours has gone through a second one yet.The other 011 has over 70,000 now,Been to Alaska more than me.
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At least a few people have burned through two stators.
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Had to have three generators rewound on the same shovel with may be 50,000 put on it. Harley people like BMW folk don't mind poring money in to a pit! Drag racing was the biggest money pit I ever got in to.
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I just bought a stator from MotoSport as a spare when the original dies.


Suzuki OEM Parts
STATOR ASSY
32101-17G12

Which supercedes: 32101-17G10

I'm working on the assumption it is the new improved Stator. Their micro fiche shows the 32101-17G12 on a 2015.

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I'm just wondering what it could be if it's not the stator. I'm guessing the two most likely culprits other than the stator are:
  1. A wire/connection that came loose somewhere in whatever part of the wiring mess does the charging; or
  2. The regulator/rectifier, which PO said might be iffy.

(Also a chance the battery itself is bad, but PO said it was pretty new....)

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I would try to charge the battery and see if it holds a charge or if it in effect is defective. There is always the chance of an early demise of a battery.

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