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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2014, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bike was dead; now alive

So today, I take off work to ride the bike. I go through the motions of starting her up; and nothing. I see if any lights come on; nothing, nothing, nothing. I was feeling pretty mad. So, before my questions, I did get the bike started, after a jump. I also installed a trickle charger for "just in case". I've only had this bike for 6 days. So here are my questions:

1. One person said that if the side stand makes contact with concrete floor, the battery grounds and discharges. He suggested that I use a plastic puck to prevent this. Is this true?

2. After starting it and riding for a while, I shut it off and it cranked back up. As I went to put the cover on, I noticed that two small lights in the front were on. I don't understand, I thought the kill switch off and ignition lock and off stopped all electrical power? Now that I think about it, this could have very well been why the battery died in the first place.
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Yes, all of the lights should be off with the key off/out.

Whoever told you that the battery will discharge through the kick stand is, and I'm trying to be nice here, dumb as hell. Well, misinformed at least. No, that's not a real thing. You needn't park your bike on an air hockey puck unless the ground is really soft and you don't want your bike to fall over.
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2. After starting it and riding for a while, I shut it off and it cranked back up. As I went to put the cover on, I noticed that two small lights in the front were on. I don't understand, I thought the kill switch off and ignition lock and off stopped all electrical power? Now that I think about it, this could have very well been why the battery died in the first place.

When you turn off and remove the key make sure to not turn it all the way into the "parking light" position (beyond the lock position), or whatever the correct term for it is. In that positiuon the rear light is also on. That may have been the problem and drained the battery.

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When you turn off and remove the key make sure to not turn it all the way into the "parking light" position (beyond the lock position), or whatever the correct term for it is. In that positiuon the rear light is also on. That may have been the problem and drained the battery.
This is one of the few dumb things about this bike. A lot of people just get in the habit of turning it all the way to the left, then back one notch. I guess those small lights next to the headlights are just for marker lights when the switch is in this position.

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Your tail light would have been on too. Charge the battery and always turn the ignition key to OFF, not P(ark).

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Hope you jumped it from a car that was not running and used just the battery, or one of those jump packs.

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Jumping from a running car will only be a problem if there is something wrong with the car's voltage regulator, but why take chances? A car battery has way more than enough juice to do the job without the engine running.

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My guess would be, that it was left with the ignition switch in "park". Therefore the "parking" lights were on, draining the battery. That said, Suzuki doesn't use the best quality electrical plugs and connectors. There are not horrible, but prone to being loose connections, and letting water in etc resulting in poor electrical connections. My DRZ400 is the worst I have seen. I have gone over much of that bike and tightened numerous connections, and filled the plug with dialectric grease to keep contaminants out, and stop any possible arching. Maybe over kill, but works. I have had to do that with my Wee as well. Not as much as the dRZ, but it doesn't get the abuse the DRZ gets either.
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I double check the Park light now, only had my bike for a few months and it's now habit to make sure the park light is off.
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