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post #1 of 11 Old 09-17-2005, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with charging system?? Any thoughts?

About 3 weeks ago I had a problem with starting my Vstrom. I put it on the battery charger and then it started up fine although it really hadn't been long since the last time I'd ridden. The next day after stopping for fuel it wouldn't start at the station. I managed to get it home and went by my local Suzuki dealership for a new battery. Put it in and started right up. Now the new battery appears to be dead on me so I'm wondering if there is a problem with the charging system on the bike. Anyone else had any issues with this or have any thoughts on anything I can do?? Or should I just take it in to the dealer to see if they can diagnose?

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-17-2005, 05:28 PM
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-17-2005, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-17-2005, 08:54 PM
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Sometimes it's the obvious. Do you lock your forks with the key, and when you do, do you go to the 'lock' or 'park' position? Both lock the forks. The 'park' (last) position also turns on the running lights. I have run my battery down once with this [email protected]#$%^ (questionable) feature.

That said, if you are running the battery down while running, then it probably is a charging problem...
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-18-2005, 12:31 AM
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If you have a digital multimeter, almost required if you want to play with motorcycles, check the battery voltage with and without the engine running. You should see 12.5+ without the engine running and 13+ with it running. If the voltage doesn't notably increase with the engine running you have a problem with the charging system. If the charging system is ok then you either have a bad battery, even if it is new, or some drain while it is parked. You can check for that by disconnecting the negative terminal, fully charging the battery and checking the voltage then letting it sit at least overnight and checking voltage again. Voltage drop should be minimal.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm sure I locked it correctly. I've also learned my lesson there in the past. I should be able to borrow a voltmeter from a friend (don't have my own yet) in the next couple of days to check things out that way. If nothing else that'll be one more bit of info I can tell the dealership when I try to set up an appointment with them. I can do most other things but for some reason I've just never really been able to get the electrical stuff.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-26-2005, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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ouch!

Well, I went by the dealership Saturday to inquire. According to them it could be one (or both) of 2 different parts in there & I don't remember which parts they stated. Depending on which is causing the problem the cost will be between $250-$300 or $600-$700.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-06-2005, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update

According to the dealer it needs a new alternator and the cost is gonna be $450 to have a working bike again. Dropped it off last Wednesday and am still waiting on the part to come in. Currently missing my Vstrom
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-06-2005, 11:19 PM
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Batteries can go bad. I am on my third as of last week on my 02 DL1000.
I have no clue as to why it died both times. I will tell you that it would not charge them back no matter how long I rode.
I hope your issue is not serious or spendy.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-02-2005, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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FINALLY Have my vstrom back

Picked it up last night. It needed a new stater and for some reason they had difficulties getting a new stater in stock. It's been weeks since I've had a chance to get out on the vstrom. Grand total of about $445. Ouch but at least it's done.
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