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post #21 of 27 Old 08-10-2012, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CHINOTAKER View Post
You are making me feel bad Mr Ock I got my 09-baby brand new but I just reach the 20K mark.

My battery is still strong (was checked last service)

I have done the parking lights once too. I guess you live you learn. of the last things the sales guy told me before I rode off was...When you turn off the bike...don't switch it all the way to the P position coz that'll make sure you'll walk home......sure enough...first bloody week I had it....friday evening about to leave work....dead as a dead dingo's donga.....luckily for me, the arvo garage shift at work (bus depot) was still in operation and many of the guys are bike riders too so they came to my 20 minutes on a short charge I fired it up....good to go...had to take it the Long way home to get some power back into the & learn:mrgreen:


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post #22 of 27 Old 08-12-2012, 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by zorlac View Post
"What does the park position do? Besides kill batteries."

Lights the tail lights, presumably for emergency situations.
Personally, I'd prefer to disable that sucker - maybe have an extra switch, or even a 5-minute timer for it under the seat or something. I haven't been caught by it yet but I've come close twice: looked back at the bike as I was walking away from it and noticed the lights being on. One of the few poorly thought out bits of the interface on the Wee, in my opinion.

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post #23 of 27 Old 08-12-2012, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by ockerstrom View Post
Yours is an '06 and probably still on the original battery, pretty good I'd say.

Bought my '09 brand new, now with over 60,000km on the clock it is still on the original battery and has not given problems yet.
Preventive care with such a critical component is not a bad idea.

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post #24 of 27 Old 08-12-2012, 12:33 PM
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Mine had a similar massive death out of nowhere, where the panel wouldn't light etc. mine showed 12.5. I think preventive replacement of the battery is a wise step, it's not so expensive, and will kill a trip dead unexpectedly.

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post #25 of 27 Old 08-14-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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My Wee-Strom is back to life. New Yuasa battery, all charged up. Good to go
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post #26 of 27 Old 08-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by emazuy123 View Post
I just got an 06 Wee-Strom. I've had it a week today. I've been riding with no problems. This morning it's dead. I turn the key to "on", there's no sounds, guages don't spin up, no lights. I thought I must have drained the battery somehow and tried to jump it. Nothing. I checked the fuses - the 10, 15, 30 amp fuses under the seat. They look ok. Any thoughts?

This is my first post. So I apologize if someone has already addressed this.

update: It's not the kill switch. The battery cables aren't loose. I did initially try to start it with the kickstand down; I've since tried it in the up position. Nothing. I tried to jump it again later (this time making sure it's in neutral). The guages cycled once, the clock went to 1:00, the aftermarket gear indicator briefly read "6" (even though it was definitely in neutral), then the lights just kind of faded, starter button did nothing. this is with a good car batter connected.
Have you checked the voltage output from your battery? You will need to see more than 13.5volts, for everything to work correctly.

What you have described sounds exactly like a seriously dead battery, and if it is drained you're gonna need a new one, not just a jump, or a charge.

Whoops, shoulda read all the posts. disregard my previous post at will.
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post #27 of 27 Old 08-15-2012, 07:56 PM
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I replaced the original battery in my 2004 after 5 years, just on general principal. It's hard to predict when your battery will die and it could easily leave you stranded up in the hills somewhere. You can't always jump start or push start the V-Strom.

I don't think the battery is a good place to try to stretch your maintenance dollars.

If you've got five years on your battery, just replace it now.

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