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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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F4 difficult start

OK so on Sunday I went out for easter dinner at relative's where I keep the bike, I wanted a short ride since it hadn't run in a while.

I started it up with no difficulty, although battery was a bit low. Bike completely cold at this point.

I rode about 10 miles to another relative's house and parked the bike (now fully warmed up- the bike that is, I was frozen). We had dinner from about 3pm til 8pm. Now had to ride bike back to house #1.

I got on and thought it would fire right up. No such luck. A few times it almost started - but cut out right away. Could tell battery again getting VERY low due to light on an the repeated attempts to get fired up.

Finally, in last gasp, it started and I left it idling for 1-2 mins (before when it caught and I gave a nudge of throttle it died, so this time I decided to let it idle for a bit).

I got back to house #1 just fine, but I was a bit perplexed by this starting behavior. Had it become "flooded" so to speak? Any thoughts or suggestions, or similar occurrences? 1000S

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 09:40 PM
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I would suggest buying a battery tender, those things are great!
For now if you can I would ride it for a longer period of time than just 10 miles so that the battery can get some life back
I know if its not the weather it will be work or family that will not allow you to get out more.............oh well
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Yeah thanks darkside, I have a tender but havent had time to connect the external cables (the permanent ones) and the positive terminal is just out of reach so cannot clamp on the tender clamp for that pole. Terminals seem awefully hard to reach looks like i actually have to take the seat hinge off to access the battery.

Wish I could ride more but such is life.
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It sounds like with the low battery it may have blown the main charging fuse trying to charge it, this is a 40A fuse and is fitted to the rear of one of the relays on the RH side of the bike attached to a frame rail just under the fuel tank.
Ther are two fuses there, one is used, the other is a spare

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Yes the seat has to come off.... just replaced mine, batterey that is. Was told these batteries have a very low capacity and if they get to low, you can forget about charging them, as was the case with mine.
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If your bike is more than 2 years old ,the battery will have dropped a cell due to infrequent use.

Buy a new battery and you will get at least another 2-3 years of trouble free starting.The F4R came with a battery charger ,I'm not sure about the S.
If not, a charger is always the go if you dont use the bike often.
By tne way Obmot, damn nice bike mate,this was the model I was going to buy,until I was shown the R.If I wasn't so hung up on new models I would have bought it!

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