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Old 11-25-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I just joined motohouston today, and I've been having problems with my bike (06 gsxr 600), and I wanted to know if anyone might be able to help me out. When I got the bike the battery was weak so I put it to charge. I'd ride it for a while and then when I went to start it back up the battery would drain and it wouldn't start so I'd have to recharge it. I replaced the battery hoping that it would fix it. It was working fine and then a couple of days later when I went to start my bike up it discharged again. I jumpstarted it, and let it run for about 5 minutes and then it completely went dead. It made a clicking noise when i tried to start it and the odo was flashing on and off which I'm assuming was because the battery had no power. It starts when I jumpstart it and the battery is new but somethin is draining the battery. I checked all of the ground wires and connections on the bike and they are fine. The guy I bought it from told me it might be the rectifier so he ordered the part and I'm waiting for it to come in so I can see if thats what it was. Any ideas on what might be wrong with my bike??? Thanks a bunch for your help.
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My guess is a short circuit somewhere on the bike. You may want to check it out with an Ohms meter.
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sounds like the problem is it's not a Honda!
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It could be the rectifier or the connection from it back to the battery. While you are waiting for the part I would check the wiring.
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Use an ohm meter inline with the negative battery terminal/cable or use an inductive measuring tool.

Once the baseline is established(should be somewhere around little to no amperage... like less then 10mA) start disconnecting things or pulling fuses. That will give you an idea what item or wire is pinched.
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As long as the bike will run indefinitely and not die on its own, the rectifier is converting enough from the stator to keep it running. Enough to charge? check it w the voltmeter.
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have you checked the level of starter fluid? it might be low, if not listen to calgone.
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this is the third gsxr 600 problem thread today. live and learn.


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As long as the bike will run indefinitely and not die on its own, the rectifier is converting enough from the stator to keep it running. Enough to charge? check it w the voltmeter.
Thats the problem. The bike won't run indefinitely. We checked the charge level and its charging at 11 volts. It needs to be charging at 14 volts minimum according to the manual so that has to be part of the problem. If you leave it running long enough it will eventually shut off
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have you checked the level of starter fluid? it might be low, if not listen to calgone.
I haven't but i doubt thats it. I'll check it n-e-wayz though. Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:06 PM   #12
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Thanks but i like my suzuki. Go Gsxr!!
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have you checked the level of starter fluid? it might be low, if not listen to calgone.
Nah bro...it's his blinker fluid.
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So it charges enough to keep it running for a short bit but not enough to sustain it.

Backprobe the three wires from the stator to the rectifier. On the alternating current selection on your DVOM check the output to the rectifier. It should be an aggressive amount of AC. If so, check power/ground at rectifier and voltage drop for rectifier ground. If all that is good, the rectifier is bad. Or simply replace the part he ordered already.

14v is high for a bike... very high. At idle I'd expect to see above 13, but 14 is pushing it... thats one reason a bike shouldn't be jump started with a running vehicle when it can be avoided.
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So it charges enough to keep it running for a short bit but not enough to sustain it.

Backprobe the three wires from the stator to the rectifier. On the alternating current selection on your DVOM check the output to the rectifier. It should be an aggressive amount of AC. If so, check power/ground at rectifier and voltage drop for rectifier ground. If all that is good, the rectifier is bad. Or simply replace the part he ordered already.

14v is high for a bike... very high. At idle I'd expect to see above 13, but 14 is pushing it... thats one reason a bike shouldn't be jump started with a running vehicle when it can be avoided.
Whoops. Didn't know that. Thanks. I used a battery charger to jump start it every time so hopefully its all right. Yeah it'll run for awhile idle and the battery seems to charge up when I leave it sitting for a day or two, but every time I start it or leave it running it just shuts off eventually and the battery is drained completely. I was reading up on the electrical system of the gsxr. If it's not the rectifier what else do you think it could possibly be? Maybe the stator??? I'm almost 70% sure now it's the rectifier and 100% sure its not the wiring.
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Thanks but i like my suzuki. Go Gsxr!!
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So I fixed my bike. Turns out that the rectifier did need to be replaced after all. Kinda weird I thought for an 06 but hey at least its fixed. Hopefully i'll be back up riding today when i go pick it up. Thanks for everyones help.
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