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Honda 954 not starting...Electrical issue?
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Honda 954 not starting...Electrical issue? - July 11, 2006, 09:19 AM

I hope someone can help me with this before I take the bike to the shop. I have a 2003 954 that won't start. The battery has juice and the headlights and cluster light up, and the FI works but it just won't ignite. The engine turns and then goes to that grinding noise associated with the starter cranking, however the battery is fully charged because it just came off a tender (it is an old/used battery though).

I bought this 954 September 2005 with 1200 miles on it, and I rode it for about 300 miles with no issues whatsoever before I stopped for the season. The bike stays outside under a cover, but I didn't disconnect the battery since I was planning to ride it throughout the off-season. I ended up bring pretty busy and only went back once to start the bike and let it run, at which point it was a perfect and strong start.

I went back in April to take the bike out, and there was no juice. I figured it was just a messed up battery, so I took it out and put it on a Tender at home, and I saw that it was sulfated (discharged to the point of permanent damage). After that, I borrowed a friend's battery from his recently parted 929 and put it on the tender, and that charged up fine. However when I connected the battery to the 954, the lights and everything came on, FI initiated and all that but it would try to turn, then the ignition cranks. Then after a few times, it just grinds like the battery was dead, when in fact there is enough power since all the lights were on bright.

Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I replaced the rectifier/regulator and the same problem still occured. Could it be stator related? After some research I saw even bad gas could affect it, is that a possibility too since it's been sitting? The starter does crank. Anything would help, thanks.
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July 11, 2006, 09:29 AM

Mine did the same thing when I bought it last year with 2600 on the clock, replace the battery with a new one and it will be fine.

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