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post #1 of 54 Old 10-14-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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I rode my '05 Wee a couple of weeks ago and all was fine. Parked it in carport and walked away.

Yesterday, went to fire it up and it was dead. Stone cold dead. Nothing - no clicks, lights, nada. HoooBoy - put the charger on it and walked away.

Went out there just now, checked to be sure of fully charged battery and turned the ignition on. Nothing. Dead.

Checked all connections - tight, clean and solid. Fuses good. Looked into nacelle with flashlight and from just a quick look, all seems tight and solid. Red switch on handlebar is on.

Is there maybe a master fuse or something hidden away that I don't know about ?? Where should I start looking ??
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post #2 of 54 Old 10-14-2019, 04:35 PM
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Did you put a volt meter on the battery to determine the output voltage???

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post #3 of 54 Old 10-14-2019, 04:51 PM
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^ that is my first Q also.

Rule out or in the battery first...the rest at this point would be speculation.

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post #4 of 54 Old 10-14-2019, 06:42 PM
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Not sure but is there a 30 amp main fuse built into the starter relay on this year bike?
Edit, seems there is one
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post #5 of 54 Old 10-14-2019, 11:25 PM
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There are long threads about SBD...Sudden Battery Death. That's on many forums.
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post #6 of 54 Old 10-15-2019, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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In my 3rd sentence I mentioned that I checked battery voltage. Went out later and checked it again - 12.4 volts. Still completely dead. I've been busy with other things and haven't had time yet to sit down and work it thru. Figured someone here may have seen the same thing.

Picture taking the battery out of the bike and turning the key on. Dead, dead, dead.

The fuse by the starter relay sounds like a possibility. How do I find it ??
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post #7 of 54 Old 10-15-2019, 07:06 PM
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Depending on the type of battery 12.4 is between 50% & 75% SOC so too low and would indicate a bad battery if you have had it on charge.

You should put your meter on the battery then turn the ignition on and read the meter.

There is a very good chance your headlights are pulling your battery down to a point where it can't illuminate your dash lights.

When that happens the chances of the 30a fuse failing greatly increases.
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Yes, there is a main fuse. And blowing it provides exactly the symptoms you describe. I know first hand. It happened to me and my 2005 DL650.
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post #9 of 54 Old 10-15-2019, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I had checked the fuse panel and all are good. Didn't know about the 30A one and it took some searching. You're right - the 30A was blown and I just happened to have a spare. When I plugged it in it sparked and snapped and blew, so I have a direct short in there somewhere. Getting late and I'm tired, so will go after it tomorrow. Thanks.

Something that surprises me is that the positive wire to the starter is hot with ignition off. I would expect it to be hot when start button is pushed. Switched negative seems unlikely on a starter that's mounted to the engine, tho' I know it's common in lighter duty circuits.

It surprised me in that the negative is fused, not the positive as I'd expect. Also surprised that "something" changed while it was sitting. When I rode it into carport the other week, it ran fine and all seemed well. Went to start it 2 weeks later and here I sit.

Suzuki engineers may have made the bike harder to work on, but I'm not sure how. Impossible to reach anything and tracing wires is a nightmare. The fairings ?? I run out of swear words when working on those miserable creations.
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any chipmunks etc in the area?
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