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Old 06-29-2019, 01:18 PM   #1
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Help! KLR650 Electrical

I'm supposed to be on a weeklong motorcycle trip with my daughter (she's on a DR200) starting today. We left and stopped on Redwood Gulch before 9. My bike dies and there is no electrical at the dash. Could be a bad ignition switch? I'm desperately trying to troubleshoot at home in Mountain View now. Fuses under the seat check out fine. If you can help it would be greatly appreciated. I will be in the garage...
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UPDATE: Although battery voltage showed normal, the charger complained. I replaced the battery and we will be on our way.

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Old 06-30-2019, 08:40 AM   #2
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Check battery cables are tight. Work downstream from that (starter relay, fuse box, etc)
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:14 AM   #3
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UPDATE: Although battery voltage showed normal, the charger complained. I replaced the battery and we will be on our way.
#1 Good that new battery solved the issue and you're rolling.

#2 "Battery Voltage Normal" is unhelpful info. Actual battery voltage number readings way more insightful.

- Key off voltage number ?
- Key on voltage number ?
- Bike running voltage number ?

Please share these numbers with us in order to help you prevent flushing your new $100 battery down the drain and any future dead battery episodes.
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:17 AM   #4
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#1 Good that new battery solved the issue and you're rolling.

#2 "Battery Voltage Normal" is unhelpful info. Actual battery voltage number readings way more insightful.

- Key off voltage number ?
- Key on voltage number ?
- Bike running voltage number ?

Please share these numbers with us in order to help you prevent flushing your new $100 battery down the drain and any future dead battery episodes.
This!

OP: If it's a charging system problem, you'll just end up with another dead battery and be stuck somewhere. Those simple voltage checks can be critical to knowing the full scope of the problem.

Get yourself a small pocket multi meter and keep it on the bike.

Every bike should have one for trouble shooting.
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:01 PM   #5
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You definitely need to check your charging circuit before you leave, or like ST Guy said, you will be stranded when you run out of battery power. A cheap multimeter can be had a harbor freight for about 10 dollars, or any hardware store for less than 20. Hook the meter to your battery, read voltage, start motor. Is voltage increasing to about 14 volts with motor at 4000 or so? If it's not increasing, but losing voltage while running, you have a charging problem, and should see the sticky here. Again, if it's not charging, you will be stranded when you run out of juice.

Want some "get homes"? Pull the fuses for your lights, and don't use you signals. Push start the bike. If riding with another bike, and the batteries will fit each other, trade batteries, push start BOTH bikes and let the other bike charge your batterie while you run down theirs, then repeat. Find a charger and recharge your battery, again no lights, etc. Pulling all unnecessary to run fuses will get you a lot farther, as will push starting. Good luck, and check the charging circuit before you leave.
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:38 PM   #6
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I knew a guy once who had his charging system die on a ride across country. Rather than try to fix it on the road, he bought a fully charged car battery, a battery box to put it in, and a AC battery charger. He put the battery in the battery box and stopped it to the passenger seat. He then disconnected the bike's battery and also the headlight. That gave him enough juice to ride all day and in the evening, when he stopped at a motel for the night, he brought the battery in and charged it up over night. He repeated this and in a week he was back home.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:29 PM   #7
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+1 on all the good info here ...

just a data point: think the pre-gen KLR in his avatar has an ignition system that will still provide a spark even though the battery is dead (‘09 and later KLRs have a different ignition and need a battery, I think) ...

be fun to hear if it was just a tired battery ... last time my pre-gen KLR had a dead dash/no start it was a loose battery cable, but sounds like you’d have sorted that back in the garage ...

edit: back in the day some of my vintage buddies could get further down the road with 6 volt lantern batteries from the hardware store ...
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:10 PM   #8
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It was a 7 year old battery he had in bike, Andy @ SBR reached out to him via phone and help him, now his daughters bike tipped over and and the start button broke.... this is not the way I'd want to start a road trip.
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:53 PM   #9
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......edit: back in the day some of my vintage buddies could get further down the road with 6 volt lantern batteries from the hardware store ...
Ha! You just dated yourself!
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:41 PM   #10
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Just to finish this up... The KLR battery worked fine and has been going strong for the last year. We trailered my daughterís bike home and determined it was the switch in the clutch lever. We were able to get it working well enough to restart the trip. Trailered her bike to Monterey and started from there as we were a day behind. Rode to SLO along Highway 1 and then on to Santa Barbara. It took us about 5 days to go down and back. We got lost a couple of times but had a great time after a very rough start. I have since replaced the clutch lever and havenít had any starting issues with the DR200. Allís well that ends well...

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