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post #1 of 39 Old 09-19-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bike just died on ride home. Is it my battery?

As I was riding home today, my 2011 V-strom (25k miles) just died. I looked down at my intrument panel to see that my temp gauge had gone out (just top block showing hallowed out) and the gas gauge out (just bottom block showing hallowed out). Also the yellow ABS light was on (you know, the one that usually goes out once you get rolling past 2mph). I was still riding engine going, then 30 seconds later, the engine just stops. I just threw it into nuetral and cruised to where I was only 100 years from home.

Needless to say, the bike won't start up again.

Is this just a dead battery? Have never had it replaced in the 25k miles / 2-1/2 years I've owned the bike. Ride it almost every day (summmer, spring, fall, winter).

Any help would be appreciated as the bike is stuck 100 yrs away but at the bottom of a hill and I can't get it back up to my garage.
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What happens when you try to start it? Does the engine crank? Do you hear a click? Do you have a clock readout?

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I have a clock read out. If it sits for a few minute (5 or so) it tries to crank but dies. If I try it again immediately - nothing.
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Anyone know which model Everstart battery at WallyWorld I need? I've got no time to look for an online or motorcycle shop where I'm located. Need something now as I've got to ride to the airport in the morning!!

Also - which charger will I need with said battery? I've got nothin'.

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I would be sure its an AGM. They should have a cross reference chart, the strom battery is very common. Batteries Plus has good AGM units ready to install if you have one around.

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DL650 Battery Cross Reference
Don't go much over 1 amp with a charger.

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Thanks everyone. Just curious, how long does it take to charge one of the suckers up? (lets assume I get a one amp like GreyWolf suggested)
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A 1 amp is going to take over night. Find a battery that is ready to install. Skip the fill and charge routine.

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A slow loss of voltage like that is more likely to be a stator issue. I would charge the existing battery and then if the bike starts, check the battery voltage with the bike running. If you see low voltage (under about 13V,) your battery is likely not being charged, which implicates the charging system (stator, R/R, and/or wire connections).

Oh, clean and tighten your battery terminals- that got me once.

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[QUOTE=Kelly2012;1595441]A slow loss of voltage like that is more likely to be a stator issue. I would charge the existing battery and then if the bike starts, check the battery voltage with the bike running. If you see low voltage (under about 13V,) your battery is likely not being charged, which implicates the charging system (stator, R/R, and/or wire connections).

Ok, I guess it's time to take this boy to school. What's a "stator", what's a R/R?
I did just have a dealer install new spark plugs and air filter last week. Is there something he could have not attached back correctly that caused the battery to not be charged. Because up until this week, I never saw an inkling of a battery issue.
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