starting problem, help please! - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions Share your service and maintenance information-questions. Please include your year and model in the text of your post.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 18
starting problem, help please!

Hi fellow V-Strommers,

I own a 4 year old DL-650 and lately I've encountered a problem that I hope someone here might be able to help me with.

On 3 separate occasions over the past week it's taken me several attempts to start the bike. The strange thing is, as I press the starter switch, nothing happens at all, no ignition, nothing. Each time this has happened so far, on the 6th or 7th go it eventually starts as normal. Could it be a wiring issue? Today it happened again and I held the starter switch down for a while. Sure enough after about 10 seconds of absolutely nothing, it starts!

Any ideas? Any help is much appreciated!

Last edited by Aussie Rider; 09-25-2010 at 06:49 PM.
Aussie Rider is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 06:58 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
honest bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Courtice ontario canada
Posts: 1,564
Take a look at the little connector under the left grip. It is an interlock switch for the clutch. It comes loose and or off, leaving the bike with no start or intermittent start.

ADVENTURE, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
The destination, can be the journey! Honest Bob
honest bob is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 18
Thanks bob I just checked the interlock switch and it seems to be in it's correct position. (Forgive my ignorance but thats the small black connector with 2 wires inside that run down the handlebars from under the left grip?). It's connected and looks to be in perfect condition.

One thought that just occurred to me is it's been raining a LOT lately and my bike has been outside. Perhaps some water got in somewhere and is playing up with the connection?
Aussie Rider is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 08:33 PM
$tromtrooper
 
K1W1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 15,739
Okay you have checked the clutch lock out have you also checked the side stand lock switch?
Blindingly obvious silly question but you are pulling the clutch lever in every time you push the starter aren't you and you are not trying to start the bike in gear with the side stand down and clutch pulled in.
At four years old and the end of winter there is a good chance that the battery may also be on the way out. Check it's voltage and give it a good charge and monitor it in case it's time for a new one.
K1W1 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 08:58 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
The clutch switch and starter switch are the ones free of other symptoms. The engine just won't crank. The side stand switch and kill switch will put a CHEC at the clock position and darken all the temperature bars on the panel to attract the rider's attention.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 18
Thanks for the tips guys, really appreciating the quick responses.

K1W1 - I usually start up while i'm off the bike (side stand is down) to give it a chance to warm up while i put my gear on. I always start up the same way: bike in neutral, clutch lever in, kill switch on, ignition switch. The problem has also occurred while sitting on the bike (side stand up) and using the same method of starting. Oh and the battery is only 4 months old and I am in Canada so it's the end of summer here!

I'll check the side stand switch in the morning, however I always start in neutral so i doubt if that would have any effect.

I'll keep you posted!
Aussie Rider is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 09-25-2010, 10:35 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
honest bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Courtice ontario canada
Posts: 1,564
Battery is only 4 months old. Check the connections are tight. Many have been known to come loose. These bikes really don't need to warm up more than about 30 seconds, but that's up to you.

ADVENTURE, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
The destination, can be the journey! Honest Bob

Last edited by honest bob; 09-25-2010 at 10:38 PM. Reason: added text
honest bob is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 09-26-2010, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 18
Started fine this morning. Battery terminals/connections look good. I think I'll put this down as water getting in to the clutch lock switch or side stand lock switch and causing havoc. It's been raining solild for about 5 days and my bike has been out in all of it. Also I read on a different thread that this was the problem for someone else.

I'll see how it goes this week when things dry up a bit.
Aussie Rider is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 09-26-2010, 06:13 PM
$tromtrooper
 
tmcgee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Braintree, Massachusetts
Posts: 8,025
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Rider View Post
Started fine this morning. Battery terminals/connections look good.
I don't trust terminals that look good unless I just cleaned them.

The only real way to make sure they are good connections is to take them off, scrape the oxidation off the posts, scrape the oxidation off the cable connectors, put them back together, and tighten them down.

I don't want to think about all the times I had to do this in cages I owned as a kid, standing in a snowstorm, at night, with the air temp at 10 degrees F and the wind at 30MPH. They looked good, but they weren't.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

This message and images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org
tmcgee is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 09-26-2010, 06:15 PM
$tromtrooper
 
K1W1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 15,739
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Rider View Post
Oh and the battery is only 4 months old and I am in Canada so it's the end of summer here!
That's not what you location on your profile says.
It's worth keeping your location correct.
K1W1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Tags
starting problem

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome