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post #1 of 13 Old 02-19-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Electrical issue surfaced today

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Greetings fellow strommers. I seem to be having a slight problem with my bike. I was riding home from work today when I noticed the abs light was on (funny since I was full on the gas). I also noticed that my high beam indicator had shut itself off. About the same time my tach fell to 0 and the mph read out was stuck at 54. The indicators on the panel and bike were also not working. Other than that bike ran fine the rest of the way home.

When I got home I shut off my bike and immediately tried to restart. Nothing but a few of the digital readouts came on. The tach nor the mph came on or cycled. After leaving the bike alone for an hour or so I tried to start it once again. Everything lit up on the instrument panel like normal but in the middle of its start up cycle it powered itself down and went blank.

Anyone have a clue on where to begin looking to find my problem?

PS the battery (shorai) is about 6months old and started right up when I left work.

Thanks for any insight.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-19-2015, 09:45 PM
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Hate to say it but I had the same kind of issues when my stator quit.

I would charge up your battery and get the charging system tested. If you don't have a charger, I got a black and decker one that also has an alternator tester that isn't much money from Walmart.

p.s. This is the one I bought and the alternator tester did work at diagnosing my burned stator;

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-B...attery+charger

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-19-2015, 10:17 PM
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Dead stator.

A freshly charged battery will get you a surprising distance, but doing that is hard on the battery, so charge it, and if it's still under warantee, drop it off at the dealer.

Check the battery terminal as well, but stator is the likely one.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-20-2015, 08:56 PM
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It seems like the stator/rectifier is starting to turn out to be the Achilles heel of the DL650. I wonder if the administrator should start a sticky where we can post failures and possible remedies tried. Seaworthy2, youíre in Hawaii. How many miles you have on the bike?
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-20-2015, 10:04 PM
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There is a sticky. https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...what-bike.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-21-2015, 02:33 AM
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Often when I have electrical issues the first place I look is at the battery
Make sure the cables are on and tight. Make sure the battery has voltage.
I check it static and with the headlights and brake lights on with the engine off.
If it's below 12.5 I give it a charge and do the test all over again after the battery charger shows the battery charged.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-21-2015, 06:51 AM
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Ok got it! Thanks. Only 12 2012 and over DL650's posted so a rare problem considering how many bikes are out there.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-21-2015, 11:01 AM
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Have others read that low oil levels can lead to stator failure as the stator gets too hot? I put in the recommended oil quantity with filter change as stated in the service manual. However after running the engine until warm and then waiting 10 minutes or so I top off the oil to the upper line on the sight window. This puts in more oil then recommended however after 18,000 kilometers there have been no stator issues. Also there oil never looks foamy with air bubbles in the sight glass. For what it's worth.
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-21-2015, 01:39 PM
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If your stator checks out, you might want to investigate the Shorai. I had one stop holding a charge after a year. After it was replaced under warranty I realized it had been weak from the beginning. The new one spins up the bike much stronger than the old one ever did. Just a thought....
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-24-2015, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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As it turns out it was the stator, r/r. The battery was also dead. Bike had 15,000 miles. All oem except for a fork brace. Hopefully the extended warranty comes through with this.
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