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Old 06-02-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Pls help - screwed up and now the bike won't start...

I feel like an idiot, but there's no way around it: I screwed up.

Came home after something like my 4th ride in Houston (just moved from GA). Have plenty of bike experience, but nonetheless pulled a genius move: left the key in the ignition switch in the "on" position for most of the day, while I faffed around the house. Unsurprisingly, it wouldn't start this PM after about 8 hrs.

Hooked up my trickle charger which has an indicator light that suggested the bike WAS taking a charge. However, after 2 hours of charging, the bike still wouldn't start (dash wouldn't light up when the ignition turned to "on"). Only telltale side of "life" was the side lights blinked ever so slightly, as did the tail light. The bike looked like it was on life support and barely maintaining a pulse.

Then tried jump starting it using my wife's car (w/o starting her car - didn't want to fry the battery, if it was still breathing). Bike would shut off as soon as the jumper cables were removed - did this 4-5 times, even maintaining revs at around 5K before removing. Same result: bike died. And it started smelling a tiny bit burnt after the final attempt - like electronics somewhere were getting toasty. So decided to refrain from further attempts, and wheeled the bike back into my garage defeated.

Any ideas what the issue might be? The battery is almost brand new - about 3-4 months. This is now the second battery in 2 years - other one died prematurely.

Might get the bike towed to the local Yamaha dealer. It's an '09 R1 with just 6K miles, if that helps. It's in otherwise immaculate condition - has been dealer maintained throughout the year+ that I've owned it (bought it new from a dealer back then...) Any ideas what might be wrong? I'm not technically inclined.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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I'm no expert, but keep the trickle charger hooked up and give it a night. You won't sleep well, but be patient. Give it a shot in the morning. Maybe find a friend with a bike and swap batteries just to see if your's will turn over with a charged battery.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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I agree. You drained the battery completely. It should recharge, but may take awhile with the trickle charger. You'd be better off with a 2 amp or more battery charger. It'll cost less than a new battery.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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What kind of battery? Did u buy it at cyclegear? They have a free 1 year replacement. Chances are the battery is to low to charge....

U need a new battery...
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
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If you tried to jump start it with a car, you might have done some damage...
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:52 PM   #6
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Sounds like first you need a fully charged battery. Nthen you need to check with a meter the charging system output. And go from their.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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Jump starting from a car battery won't cause issues, as the bike will only pull the amperage is needs. I do it all the time without harm.


However, if you shorted something when conencting the clamps, you might be in trouble. Check your rectifier while you're at it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:35 AM   #8
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Sounds like the battery.
Sometimes a trickle charger/maintenance charger can't charge a battery if it's fully discharged.
If you want to bring the battery by Monday I can put it on one of our chargers, free.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #9
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Alright, chaps. Thanks for the all the comments.

Quick update on my end: took the old battery to Cycle Gear after I tried charging it overnight. Didn't have much of a charge on it, so replaced with a new battery. Still no luck. Dash won't light up when it's all plugged in.

Any other ideas? The battery is unfortunately not the issue (right now).
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #10
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Check all the fuses sounds like you fried the ignition fuse.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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Yeah - I had the same thought. Already found one that was fried, but that wasn't the ignition or main fuse. Now I've gotta find the other ones...
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You should check all the fuses for continuity.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:21 PM   #13
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Alright: turns out it was the main fuse. Fixed now, and bike starts just fine. Thanks for the advice guys.
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