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Old 11-27-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Bike won't start - is it my battery?

So...I haven't ridden in about 2 months. During the last few weeks my boyfriend has started up the bike and ridden it around the subdivision a few times with no problems. Yesterday he took it to get gas (he put in premium, not sure if that matters; I always put in regular). When he got home, the bike cut off as he was pulling up the driveway into the garage - as if he was just going to slow and not giving the bike enough power so it just cut off...but then it wouln't start. We had to push it up the driveway to get it in the garage.

When I press the start switch, the engine sounds like it tries to start, but it doesn't, and then all I hear is clicking, the display then shuts off and restarts. The horn works and the turn signals work.

Does this sound like the battery or something else or something really bad? If it's the battery, can I fix it without taking the bike to a shop? I have a 2006 Yamaha FZ6.

Thanks in advance!!!

PS - there is a possibility that the bike ignition was in the "off" position instead of the "lock" position for a few days prior to this.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:14 PM   #2
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Do you have a volt meter?
Check the battery voltage, it should be above 12.2 volts.
If you don't, you can bring the battery by out of the bike and I'll check it / load test it free.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:18 PM   #3
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Being in the off position or the locked position doesn't matter. I don't know much, but I believe I had the same problem you are having a few months back. It sounds like the battery to me. The advice that I got was to remove the seat, make sure the battery connections were good, and attach jumper cables from the bike battery to a car battery that is NOT RUNNING. Try to start the bike. If it comes on then the battery is dead. Remove the cables and see if the bike dies. If it does then your battery is really dead. Regardless, take the battery of the bike and trickle charge it, then install and try to start the bike again. If it works you may be ok, or it may out on you and strand you. I personally felt it was worth it just to buy another battery.

Edit: Didn't know Patrick was in here. Just listen to him.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:37 PM   #4
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Assuming it IS the battery...is that a normal low/dead battery symptom for it to start and get you around and then all of a sudden decide it will not start?

I mean - it started when he pulled out of the garage, he rode it down the street to the gas station, started it up from the gas station and rode it back home. It cut off pulling into the garage and then it just wouldn't start after that. All within 15-20 minutes.

With a car you usually leave a light on or something like that and the battery is drained and then doesn't start at all - but a car doesn't usually start then not start once you have it running.

oh fun. I get to figure out how to remove my battery. *pray for me*
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:44 PM   #5
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Assuming it IS the battery...is that a normal low/dead battery symptom for it to start and get you around and then all of a sudden decide it will not start?

I mean - it started when he pulled out of the garage, he rode it down the street to the gas station, started it up from the gas station and rode it back home. It cut off pulling into the garage and then it just wouldn't start after that. All within 15-20 minutes.

With a car you usually leave a light on or something like that and the battery is drained and then doesn't start at all - but a car doesn't usually start then not start once you have it running.

oh fun. I get to figure out how to remove my battery. *pray for me*
don't worry, it's about as simple as it gets. And a bike can only maintain a charge in a battery, not recharge it. You probably just let it set to long.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:47 PM   #6
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oh fun. I get to figure out how to remove my battery. *pray for me*
I'll pray.

Here's my experience with trying to change a battery. Pretty much everything you need to know to avoid repeating is here:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=67049
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Batteries can function exactly as you are describing. It is possible for them to have enough voltage to run the bike, but not start the bike. The clicking noise is usually something to do with the start motor not being able to get enough power to operate correctly. The best place to start would be to pull it and take to Patrick to test as he suggested. There are many other things that can be wrong as well. However odds are it is a battery issue.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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Assuming it IS the battery...is that a normal low/dead battery symptom for it to start and get you around and then all of a sudden decide it will not start?

I mean - it started when he pulled out of the garage, he rode it down the street to the gas station, started it up from the gas station and rode it back home. It cut off pulling into the garage and then it just wouldn't start after that. All within 15-20 minutes.

With a car you usually leave a light on or something like that and the battery is drained and then doesn't start at all - but a car doesn't usually start then not start once you have it running.

oh fun. I get to figure out how to remove my battery. *pray for me*
I have had batteries go like that both in a bike and a car. Working fine one minute and then dead as can be the next. I had one in a bike that started the bike fine and ran for a couple of minutes and I shut it off and went to restart the bike a few minutes later and it was so dead that it barely made the instrument lights come on and wouldn't even click the starter. Replaced it and everything was fine.

If that is the original battery then it is about time for it to go. Cold weather can make them go bad suddenly.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:55 PM   #9
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Thanks Patrick!

Thanks @ Mala! That was a great rendition of your experience and will likely be similar to what I am about to go through hahahaa...Maybe if I shake my battery it will work again too.

So I am also going to assume that continuing to attempt to start the bike will likely only cause more damage...???

That's what I get for letting Mr. Nasty watch me for the last few months get on my bicycle instead of him. Hmph.

The bike is about 3 years old (I was mistaken when I put 2006 in the OP, it's a 2007) so I'm pretty sure it's the original battery. Maybe just time to replace it anyways....
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:39 PM   #10
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probably needs battery replaced but get a battery tender so your battery stays charge when you are not riding it.
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