Is my battery dying? Weird 'won't start' event...
Hey folks! I was out riding on Sunday doing something that involves a lot of stops and starts (Ingress if anyone knows it, if you don't, dont' worry about it). At one stop, I was idling for perhaps 3 minutes, and went to move off... now, my bike stalls easily - I chalk this to "I rode a big heavy 4 cylinder bike for ages, these tighter 2 cylinder engines are not as forgiving". The stalls usually are "one cylinder fires, then the 'fwee' sound of a miss, and it stops".
A quick buttonpush and I'm usually on my way again (I've done this rolling into intersections even).
This time,however, there was a very weak turnover, and my instrument panel reset (gauges rolled right and left, clock reset to 1:00).
After checking over everything and trying a whole combination of things, I had to admit "This is behaving like the battery is dead.". I rolled the bike up a little incline, down again and popped it in third gear, and it started right up.
After I rode home (being careful to avoid a stall), I shut it down outside the carpark, and started it again. Ticked over perfectly! No problem. I've started it 3 times since then, and every time, no battery or "slow turnover" problem, it's a perfect "hit the power, get the fuel pump whine, push start, it starts right up" sequence.
Talking with a friend who has experience with the Stroms, he points out that they start acting twitchy when the battery is on it's way out. Before I drop bucks on a replacement battery, I call to the wisdom of the Troopers. Is this an indication of a dying battery?
I have no electronics on the bike that are not self-powered, so there was no random drain going on.
Dave Shevett - KB1FWR - Berlin, MA
'04 DL650 "The Wee"
'78 GS850 "The Beast!"[/FONT]