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post #1 of 9 Old 02-04-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Uh-oh, Electrical Issue

I bought my 05 Wee last October, have had zero issues with it. It had 16825 miles when I bought it and I've added about 1200. Last night on my way home from work, I stopped to fill up. After the fill up, I turned the key on and the ignition light flashed, I heard the fuel pump for a split second then the instruments went dark and the clock reset to 1:00.

Things I tried first: Flipped the kill switch on and off (nothing), lowered the kickstand and put it back up (nothing, rocked it in gear (nothing). Pushed it away from the pump to a parking spot, called my wife and had her drive the mile and a half to where I was. Got out the jumper cables and hooked them up. Turn the key on and the instruments light up. Pushed the starter switch and after a slow turnover the engine starts. Disconnected the cables. The idle was kind of weak and sputtery and the instruments were flickering, needles intermittently jumping all the way over then back to zero. Carefully rode it the short distance home with my wife following. On the way, the bike cut out while riding but started again while still rolling. Got it home, shut it off, then turned the key on again, nothing. No light no needle movement, no clicking. Just the clock.

Took out the battery (Power Sport AGM purchased in February of 09). I only have a cheap battery tester that said the battery was good, but I put it on the trickle charger all night anyway. Put it back in the bike with same results, my Wee is dead except the clock.

So...ideas?
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charging system fried, if yer lucky, only the RR, I advise replacing with a MOSFET rr instead of the oem



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It sounds like your battery is DEAD!

If it is not your battery, then there is potential for one, or a combination, of several issues.
Are your battery cables tightly connected? At both ends? No corrosion at either location, right?

There could also be a problem with other aspects of your charging system.
Search (google is the best way) Regulator Rectifier, Stator, Alternator, Charging issues, etc. on this forum.

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If you can get it running with a jump (if you jump with a car battery make sure the car is NOT running) put a meter on the battery terminals. They should read well over 13 volts DC. If you don't have a multi-meter, you can get one at most parts/tools/electronics stores for less than $20.

If the voltage running is below 13Vdc, your charging system is broken. If you get 13+ Vdc, the battery is toast.

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update: R/R and stator both cooked. Waiting on parts, stator seems to be taking a while.
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If you can get it running with a jump (if you jump with a car battery make sure the car is NOT running) put a meter on the battery terminals. They should read well over 13 volts DC. If you don't have a multi-meter, you can get one at most parts/tools/electronics stores for less than $20.

If the voltage running is below 13Vdc, your charging system is broken. If you get 13+ Vdc, the battery is toast.
Kenneth, why is the bold part of your quote necessary? The voltage from takeoff points or from battery terminals is regulated by the car's system, yes?

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Well if the v-strom is like the GS500 then the RR cannot handle the 14 + volts a car produces when running. I jumped my old GS500 once and it blew out the RR. Costly mistake.
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There is also the assumption the car's regulator is working properly even if its limit is within the bike's tolerance. Why take chances? A car battery alone will start the bike easily.

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