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Angry Starter problem. FRAK! - July 22, 2006, 08:44 PM

I left my Ninja 500R in my garage for a week, and my girlfriend moved it to get at some stuff. In the process, she clipped the front turn signal. I popped it back into place, and it seems to work. WHen I turn the key and hit either turn signal, they blink, and they cancel just as they should. So far, I'm willing not to choke her to death with a dirty shoelace.

However, when I try to start the bike, I get SOME growl, followed by clicking from the starter. If I continue, I get more clicking. If I wait a little, I get a little more growling followed by clicking.

I read the battery at a little low, aroune 11.8 - 12.0V, probably a little low because of the attempted starts. When I'm cranking it, the voltage drops to maybe 7 - 8 V (analog multimeter). The tank is full, and I switched it to the reserve just in case it wasn't getting fuel due to a dead gopher in the tank or something. I also put it into neutral and rolled it around a little to see if that was a problem. It wasn't.

I figure I'll put it on a battery tender just in case and see if that helps. Do any of you guys have any advice? Advice that doesn't involve a dirty shoelace, that is.
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July 22, 2006, 09:18 PM

That battery is done. A voltmeter should be reading about 10 volts when you are trying to start it. You could try charging it, but if that battery is over 3 years old then it is definately time for a new one.


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July 22, 2006, 09:35 PM

Battery with no load should read 12.6v. It should recover to 12.6v after a start attempt. Just as SV said...it's prob toast.


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July 22, 2006, 09:42 PM

But how would it die after just a week? I'll look at the battery tomorrow with a proper digital voltmeter. It might be 12.6, but it's hard to read the analog on the 25V scale. At least it is for me, as I"m sort of simple.
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July 22, 2006, 11:18 PM

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But how would it die after just a week?
It didn't... How old is the battery? It's time for a new battery.


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July 23, 2006, 08:38 AM

It started this morning after being on the charger, I let it run for about 5 min and went back to bed and left it off the charger. Didn't start later, but at least growled.

The bike is an 05, so I figure the battery is no older than that. Is that a normal lifespan? I"ve ridden the bike a lot this year, about 3K worth. The question is now, how do I get to the damned battery?
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July 23, 2006, 10:03 AM

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The question is now, how do I get to the damned battery?
On my old ex500, it was under the seat, my new zx6, under the seat.... I would say it is under the seat.


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I sort of meant how to get past all the other stuff (fuse box, etc) on top of it. Does it just bolt out like it looks?
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I sort of meant how to get past all the other stuff (fuse box, etc) on top of it. Does it just bolt out like it looks?
it should


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July 23, 2006, 04:14 PM

Letting it idle won't do a damn thing. That's your problem. You don't ride it enough. Lots of short trips I'm guessing? Get out and ride that damn thing at least 50 miles before stopping.

Since you have a charger why don't you just leave it connected when you're not riding it?


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Letting it idle won't do a damn thing. That's your problem. You don't ride it enough. Lots of short trips I'm guessing? Get out and ride that damn thing at least 50 miles before stopping.

Since you have a charger why don't you just leave it connected when you're not riding it?
mostly commuting. However, as it is a beautiful day, I think I'll take that advice. I'll call you back in about 60 miles, doc.
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