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post #1 of 10 Old 07-13-2017, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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(DL650) how far with just a battery

on DL650 (2012 if it matters)
How far can you ride (@100km/h - 60mph) on just a battery (dead stator)
one head light disconnected, no other accessories connected.

or is this very unpredictable?

if it's already discussed, please post the link.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-13-2017, 09:35 AM
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I wanted to try this too when my stator went. Mechanic laughed and told me two hours tops. But I figure he was just making it up.
I'd been riding about 2.5 hrs the morning mine went out. It started fine that morning so I think the failure happened after riding a bit that morning. My headlight was on too so that's different from what you want to try. I don't think my bike lasted more than 45min on battery.


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There are a lot of variables but the big one in my my mind is the battery. What kind of condition is it in and how long were you riding with a bad charging system before you noticed it are questions that need to be answered before any kind of reasonable guess can be made. For maximum distance, unplug both headlights. Speed is tricky. There is a lot more air resistance at higher speeds but the fuel pump is taking the same amount of power no matter how fast you are going so faster might be better. Also, push start the bike rather than using the electric starter. I think it would take some good karma to exceed 100 miles in a typical situation. The fuel pump uses a lot of power and the ignition system uses a fair share. Also, avoid using the brakes and never touch the starter button for sure.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-13-2017, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks greywolf,

The battery is Yuasa YTX12-BS, two years old, about 12000km/7500 miles on it, during winter it was on battery tender over night every other week.
I have Kuryakyn LED 12 Volt Battery Gauge, it was showing two green light earlier in the day, I don't know when it stopped.
I stopped for gas and waiting for half an hour, then after I started running I noticed I have only up to amber light and no green .
right now (after sitting overnight) analog voltmeter shows 12v, but led batter guage shows only one or two red light.
I have antigravity xp-1 that I can use for jump-start as well.
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I had the same issue two weeks back and tried to get home from West Virginia on two full batteries with headlight fuse removed - did not make it. Fortunately another rider had a stator at a dealers as they are unobtanium due to the recall.

A couple of hours is about it - again depends on speed but also if your stator is producing some voltage which mine was.
One rider got home from Alaska by strapping a deep cycle marine battery to the seat and riding during the day with minimal draw....then charging it at night.

I have a spare new battery for a Wee if that helps at all.


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Usually the battery is down to start with. First one winding goes, which means the battery won't charge below 4000rpm, then the second, which makes it really hard to charge the battery at all, then the last, which leaves you on battery only.

Good battery, fully charged, around 2 hours. That wasn't 100kph all the way as it was back roads to town.
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Can't he use the antigravity XP-1 to supplement the battery and get more running time that way?
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Nope. They just don't have the capacity of a lead-acid. Good for a short burst of current, but not for the long haul.

The car battery in the top box and run leads under the seat is probably the best option. 5-6 hours, stop for the day, recharge the car battery overnight and continue the next day.
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Can't he use the antigravity XP-1 to supplement the battery and get more running time that way?
They should be disconnected as soon as the bike starts.

A high voltage going backwards into the lithium battery can start a chemical reaction that may never stop till the thing bursts into flames.

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Thanks all for your replies, I ended up renting a truck and towed it back home.

Once I double check my own wirings for accessories, I can ride it to dealer ship with charged battery and have them check the bike, maybe suzuki canada cover replacing stator under warranty as I did the recall for 4 months ago.
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