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Old 06-07-2007, 02:56 AM   #1
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so i charged the battery today, and got the bike ready to go, but tonight i went out to go for a ride and turned the key and nothing. the electric is stone dead. the bike has been sitting since August. any ideas what else could be wrong besides the battery?
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If you charged the battery off the bike, did you hook everything back up properly? All the fuses OK? Check the voltage at the battery as well. If the battery was completely discharged it's probably toast anyway. Replace it or you'll end up stranded somewhere. Wal Mart is open all night.

With all the ethanol, MTBE, & other they put in gas nowadays I expect the bike will take a lot of cranking before it will start & will run rough. It breaks down after a few weeks & leaves a film over the carb jets or injectors. You should siphon that 10 month old gas out of the tank & put fresh stuff in there.
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fuses? loose ground wire? dirt dobers? did you low test the battery?
no idea. i didn't test the battery.
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:29 AM   #6
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If you charged the battery off the bike, did you hook everything back up properly? All the fuses OK? Check the voltage at the battery as well. If the battery was completely discharged it's probably toast anyway. Replace it or you'll end up stranded somewhere. Wal Mart is open all night.

With all the ethanol, MTBE, & other they put in gas nowadays I expect the bike will take a lot of cranking before it will start & will run rough. It breaks down after a few weeks & leaves a film over the carb jets or injectors. You should siphon that 10 month old gas out of the tank & put fresh stuff in there.
i charged it in the bike, is that bad? i don't know how to check fuses :/ is it just a visual thing? how do you check the voltage at the battery?
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and get a fuel stabilizer next time..put stabil in it
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so i charged the battery today, and got the bike ready to go, but tonight i went out to go for a ride and turned the key and nothing. the electric is stone dead. the bike has been sitting since August. any ideas what else could be wrong besides the battery?
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I would sit back, twist another and contemplate the dead electrical and how maybe aliens or gremlins might be responsible
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I would sit back, twist another and contemplate the dead electrical and how maybe aliens or gremlins might be responsible
i would too, but i'm sick from smoking too much already so i've just been eating it
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i just got a new battery, i'll go put it in. my dad told me to mix some new gas in with the old. do you think i should do that or is siphoning really important?
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you need to get the old gas out. probably has water in it and ransid.
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alright, i'll do that then.
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i just got a new battery, i'll go put it in. my dad told me to mix some new gas in with the old. do you think i should do that or is siphoning really important?
yank the line and drain the tank and start fresh, but the old gas in the lawn mower, it will run fine on it
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I'd definitely siphon out as much gas as possible and then refill with fresh gas and some fuel stabilizer / water dispersant.

Does the bike turn over with the new battery?
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no idea. i didn't test the battery.

I'd be looking at buying a new battery.....anytime a battery goes completely dead it's not a good thing. There is probably no acid in the battery if I had to guess, or it low.
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I'd definitely siphon out as much gas as possible and then refill with fresh gas and some fuel stabilizer / water dispersant.

Does the bike turn over with the new battery?
the battery's still charging. any easy ways to siphon that you would recommend?
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They sell siphons at the auto parts store for cheap.
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