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Old 02-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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Weird start-up issues on an SV650

I have a 2007 SV650n. I haven't rode it for a couple weeks and tried to start it today to no avail.

Naturally, I took out the battery, charged it and put it back in. This is where things get weird.

I pull in the clutch, put up the kickstand and when I flip the kill switch the display completely dies. The display also dies if I hit the high-beam!

If I hit the left or right turn signals, they no longer blink but instead are continuously lit!

I am guessing there is a short somewhere but really have no idea where to start looking. Is there a common factor that would cause all these problems???

Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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sounds like a low voltage problem. maybe Patrick could chime in or hit up Motorcycles Unlimited
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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Definitely sounds like a low/bad battery.
Will the bike start and run?
If you can, bring the battery by and I can charge it and load test it for you, no charge.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:51 PM   #4
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^^^ Patrick is right. Low/bad battery.
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Thanks guys, I checked all the fuses and everything looked good so I went ahead and replaced the battery and it runs fine now.

Interesting that my battery charger kept saying my old battery was fully charged but I guess it was not or it was crapped out. Oh well.

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There are 6 separate cells inside the battery. It's like six, 2 volt batteries.
Often one of them will go bad before the others. When that happens if the other cells are strong, it will still show 12 volts when fully charged.
The battery charger thinks it's charged, a volt meter shows 12 volts (2.2 volts times 5 good cells plus a volt or so from the bad cell equals, say... 13 volts)
As soon as you put a load on the battery, the bad cell goes to zip and the other cells can't produce enough juice to keep up with demand. The result bike won't start and lights are dim.
In your case there were likely a couple of bad cells so when you tried to do anything, it didn't even have enough power to run the gauge cluster.
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