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Starting Issue

Postby Isettaman » Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:10 pm

Hi All
I had my F650GS serviced by a main dealer in Early October, rode it home, and not taken it out until today. Unfortunately, it will not start. On pressing the button, the starter seems as though it wants to kick in but doesn't. I use a battery maintenance charger so I'm confident it's not the battery. I would contact the dealer and get it recovered to them but they are closed t the moment. Any ideas as to the problem? I'll try and upload a video of it happening.
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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Jaythro » Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:19 pm

Use jump leads off a non running car or auxiliary battery and see if it spins up then

battery maintenance chargers are often a problem as some just cook batteries

Without actually hearing what is going on or knowing exact model of F650 its hard to go further

But first step is diagnose NEVER Assume a battery is good It may have "voltage" but not the required "amps" to spin the starter

Is it a whizzy spinning sound by any chance ?
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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Isettaman » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:29 pm

Hi Jaythro
You are 100% correct. I popped over to mate who has a F650, borrowed his battery, put it on and it fired up straight away!
Thanks for your input.
New battery on it's way.
Worried about your remarks about battery maintenance chargers, mine is a CTEK unit, just had a look and it's for a lead acid battery - oops not gel, that could be an issue!
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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Mike D » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:06 pm

Which model CTEK as mine has a setting for AGM/Gel.

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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Isettaman » Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:23 pm

Mine's a XS 0.8 with no adjustable settings.
Which one have you got?
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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Mike D » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:37 pm

Multi XS 3600 Had it for years.

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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Isettaman » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:16 pm

Just received a message from CTEK customer support to tell me that it's okay to keep using my XS 0.8 with the gel battery.
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Re: Starting Issue

Postby Jaythro » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:28 pm

Just received a message from CTEK customer support to tell me that it's okay to keep using my XS 0.8 with the gel battery.
I would use it for a few hours for a day once a fortnight rather than leaving it on

But that is my personal choice I don;t trust them to be 100 effective with an older battery and may end up charging it much more than it needs
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