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post #1 of 14 Old 04-03-2006, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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washed it and now it won't start

First warm weekend in a long time so finally got to wash winter dirt off the bike (02-DL1000). I guess I messed up somewhere, maybe got some water into someplace it should not be, because I went out this morning to go to work and the bike will not start.

It turned on OK, went throught the normal POST, but when I hit the starter there was a click from the right side just behind and under the battery, and all power went out. I looked at all the fuses, they're fine. Turning the key on and off does nothing, except that it recovers after a few minutes and will turn on again.

Before I started taking things apart, I figured I would ask and see if anyone had seen this type of behavior before.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-03-2006, 09:31 PM
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bobpond, have you cleaned the battery terminals. Sounds like it is due. That and a charger might solve the problem. Don't ask me how I know this.

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Thanks water warrior, I'll see about cleaning the terminals. I don't have a charger, but I guess I should have one around. I almost never park it for more than a week or so waiting for snow to melt, so I never thought about battery tending.

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I know this may sound stupid too, but you didn't wash around the handgrips and hit run/stop button. Don't ask me about this either....
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-04-2006, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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thanks, been down the kill switch path, *this* time I thought of it way earlier in the process... I wish that were the problem...
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-04-2006, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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water warrior, you were right!!

got a battery tender, cleaned the terminals, let it charge and all is well

I never would have thought that the battery would run down, maybe in my *truck* but not the Vstrom, I use it to commute almost every day.

thanks again,

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-04-2006, 09:57 PM
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Bobpond, glad to help. With poor battery connections you are subject to the law of diminishing returns. You take more out than you put back in. This happened on my pick-up a few years ago too. Ride On, Ride Safe.

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I never would have thought that the battery would run down, maybe in my *truck* but not the Vstrom, I use it to commute almost every day.
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Is it possible that you had your key turned to the Park position before you washed it? That would drain the battery.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-08-2006, 02:00 PM
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Washed it? That was your first mistake. It ain't no Harley. Just ride it.

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I've got three Suzukis in the garage with the Park "feature." Has anyone figured out its function, other than to keep Yuasa in business?

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