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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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I was riding home today and shifted from 4th to 5th on the highway. It must have gotten stuck between gears or something and it reved real high in "neutral.". I kicked up into 5th and continued on. Then the engine light came on. I got off and stopped for a minute and turned the bike off. Started it back up and the light was off. Stayed off till I got to about 30mph and came back on. Every time I got to a red light it would go off and then back on when I hit 30-40mph. The engine sounds and rides fine Any ideas?

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It seams like the first thing to check is if the battery cables are tight

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It seams like the first thing to check is if the battery cables are tight
Will do. Battery is only a few months old.
Could the high rev on the highway have affected anything?
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Okay. Went to check it. Battery is reading 10.8 with key on but not running. However the bike won't start. Lights go on with key but It won't do anything when attempting to start unless I pull the clutch in even tho it's in neutral. When attempting to start it makes all kinds of buzzing/clicking but won't turn over. Lights go dim as well.

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Okay. Went to check it. Battery is reading 10.8 with key on but not running. However the bike won't start. Lights go on with key but It won't do anything when attempting to start unless I pull the clutch in even tho it's in neutral. When attempting to start it makes all kinds of buzzing/clicking but won't turn over. Lights go dim as well.
How tight are the battery connections?

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How tight are the battery connections?
Tight.
It's on a charger now. I'm gonna let it charge up and see if it will start then check the voltage while running and revving. Kevin mentioned that it might be the voltage regulator.
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It's on a charger now. I'm gonna let it charge up and see if it will start then check the voltage while running and revving. Kevin mentioned that it might be the voltage regulator.
If you get it to start, it should read above 14V as soon as the motor starts running.

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If you get it to start, it should read above 14V as soon as the motor starts running.
Thanks. He said if its over 15v then the regulator is shot. Frying the battery.
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Charged about 3 hours. Took it off and turned on key. Showed 11.9. Started bike successfully and showed 14.0 at idle and 15.1 when revved.
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Charged about 3 hours. Took it off and turned on key. Showed 11.9. Started bike successfully and showed 14.0 at idle and 15.1 when revved.
Your base voltage is 11.9 V based on your measurement. Upon turning the engine on, and letting it idle (zero throttle), your reading should go up between 0.5 V and 2.0 V - so, based on the 11.9 V value you recorded, you should now read a value between 12.4 V and 13.9 V. Based on that, your voltage regulator is most likely fine.

To tell for sure, measure the voltage at idle by bypassing the voltage regulator (using a short jump wire), and see if you're within the 0.5 V and 2.0 V range above the base voltage. If you're in the range, you're voltage regulator is 100% healty.

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