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Bike dead after rain ride. - June 23, 2009, 05:56 PM

Background....I have a cheap $20 cover from WalMart and it's not waterproof.So after it rains,my bike would run crappy for about 5 minutes then clear up.It would sound like a 2-stroke.

This past Saturday,it started to pour on my way to work.It started the usual 2-stroke sound as I got to work and I parked it.

After I get off work,I get on my bike and the starter just goes on and on and on.....

I used The Google and I found a couple posts that mentioned that there could be water around the spark plugs.After I get off tomorrow that will be the first thing I check.

This is an SRAD and it's a streetfighter now.So it has the huge openings in the front of the frame to the airbox,could water have been sucked in? Would it still be an issue 3 days later if some rain got past the air filter?

Any other ideas?


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Background....I have a cheap $20 cover from WalMart and it's not waterproof.So after it rains,my bike would run crappy for about 5 minutes then clear up.It would sound like a 2-stroke.

This past Saturday,it started to pour on my way to work.It started the usual 2-stroke sound as I got to work and I parked it.

After I get off work,I get on my bike and the starter just goes on and on and on.....
Does the cranking sound like it should, it just never catches? Or is there just a whirr?

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I used The Google and I found a couple posts that mentioned that there could be water around the spark plugs.After I get off tomorrow that will be the first thing I check.
Yeah it could be a dead misfire. If you have a garage, the easiest way to spot that is to crank the bike in the dark. You'll see the light show if it's arcing somewhere other than the electrodes on the plugs.

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This is an SRAD and it's a streetfighter now.So it has the huge openings in the front of the frame to the airbox,could water have been sucked in? Would it still be an issue 3 days later if some rain got past the air filter?

Any other ideas?
The kind of water you'd get in an engine from riding in the rain isn't going to hurt anything. You're either getting water in the gas, water causing a misfire, or water is getting in to something else and preventing it from working leading to a fueling (if it's fuel injected) or ignition issues.


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June 24, 2009, 11:39 AM

check ur gas cap...water may have seeped into ur tank. With a crappy cover, that is now soaking wet and stuck to your tank, i'm sure water is getting in through ur gas cap. Water in the tank, repeatedly, leads to rusting inside the tank...when that rust starts to break off and chip away...it will lead to clogged injectors, fuel filter, etc etc....please - ask me how i know....

water may have caused a short..usually around the starter relay or that big plug at the front of the bike...on mine it's yellow...there is also a small green one...check those.

water usually does get into only one spark plug hole...because the bike is on a kickstand...so it's not uncommon to find one spark plug with rust or corrosion on it....but it should not be getting past the nut.

All of the above are previous posts and remedies on .net. The spark plug one is mine and i even posted pics. We have the same bike. Mine is like yours, fightered....and rain water getting in through the SRAD locations won't harm the bike...unless you are doing wheelies in hurricanes....or riding under water.

oh...and also - go to any Uhaul place and get the orange tarp for $10 - it's everything proof that's what i use.

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