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post #1 of 43 Old 10-20-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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DL650 Will Not Turn Over

I have a 2006 DL650 that I am having starting problems with. When I turn on the key, I hear the fuel pump spin up and the gauges and lights come on. I pull in the clutch and push the starter button and the lights dim like always but nothing happens.
I have checked the clutch switch, the kickstand switch and the starter switch and all seem to be okay. I actually took it to a shop a week ago because I was so frustrated with it and they said the battery was bad so replaced it. It worked fine on the way home but the next day, it did exactly the same thing - will not turn over.
Anyone have an idea?
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post #2 of 43 Old 10-20-2010, 07:52 PM
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The first thing to check is the new battery. Is it still charged? If not, your charging system might be faulty.
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Is this a new to you bike? Is it possible you are turning the key to the Park position which leaves the tail light on? It sound like something is running down your battery...or it's not charging.

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Is this a new to you bike? Is it possible you are turning the key to the Park position which leaves the tail light on?
+1.

I have a Back-Off voltage monitor. It's inexpensive and unobtrusive -- just a little green LED that I mounted next to the instrument panel. It does two things for me: shows me that the charging system is working properly, and warns me if I've turned the key to "Park" (because it should not be on when I walk away!).
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Bike Not Starting

Hmm, lots of suggestions about the battery being the problem. I rechecked the voltage after reading the replies and it is putting out 13.5v so that shouldn't be the problem.
I purchased the bike new in 2006 so am familiar with how things look and sound when it starts. Everything seems okay except it won't turn over. Gauges and clock all function normally. I jumpered the clutch switch just to be sure that wasn't the problem and still no start.
I suppose it could be a broken wire going to the clutch switch but nothing looks out of place.
Anyone else got an idea?
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13.5V off a battery alone is too high to be real. Try jumping the bike from a car battery with the car not running. Does the starter relay click?

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Do you hear a relay click, or any noise when pushing the start button?

Check battery voltage while trying to crank it.
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Hmm, lots of suggestions about the battery being the problem. I rechecked the voltage after reading the replies and it is putting out 13.5v so that shouldn't be the problem.
That's not conclusive. You'll have to disconnect it and load-test it.
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Okay, I pulled the battery and had it load tested. Showed 100%. Voltage is around 13.0.
I don't hear anything when I press the starter button - the lights dim but that is it.
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Okay, I pulled the battery and had it load tested. Showed 100%. Voltage is around 13.0.
I don't hear anything when I press the starter button - the lights dim but that is it.
The plot thickens ...

We have so far:

* The battery is known-good.
* The last time this happened, the only thing you did was replace the battery, and it was "fixed".
* All pre-start electrical systems seem to respond, except of course the starter itself.

So:

* It can't be a fuse (else it wouldn't have been "fixed" by a new battery)
* It isn't the ignition switch or starter button (because the headlights -- well, you said "dim", but the headlamps should actually go off during cranking -- do they?)

That seems to leave two things: a poorly seated connector, or an intermittently failing starter motor.

(I'm also taking your word when you say "checked" the kickstand switch, clutch switch, etc. This sounds like behavior that could easily be caused by one of those failing.)

If it were me, I'd next check all relevant electrical connectors (unplug and reconnect each), and thoroughly clean my battery connectors.

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