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Offline Mitch

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flat Battery???
on: December 17, 2014, 05:51:32 AM
Hey guys.

My crossrunner has been running fine, then today I came home from work, went to go out again 25 minutes later, and the little F$#@&r wont start.
All the lights and display come on, but when I hit the ignition, it tries to start but fails, then after that there is just a clicking sound.
Heading out now to get a battery charger and a meter.

Has anyone had anything similar happen?  Or knows what the issue could be??

Thanks

Mitch
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Offline Cornersruns

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Re: flat Battery???
Reply #1 on: December 17, 2014, 06:08:41 PM
How old is the bike?  Batteries don't last forever, maybe 3-5 years or so.

How long were you cranking it for?  Did you flatten the battery? 

Was the kill switch on (something I'm sure we've all done), try flicking the kill switch on/off sometimes the contacts can be a bit dodgy.

Have you got any auxiliary bits connected directly to the battery?  Left on?

All those are generic issues not specific to the CR.  Even left for a month in freezing temps mine starts immediately, my battery coming up to 3 years old now.

Offline Mitch

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Re: flat Battery???
Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 08:15:05 PM
Charged the battery overnight, and she fired up first time.

The bike is 3 years old, so I think i will get a new battery just to be on the safe side (after I recover from Christmas )

I`ve had the problem with the kill switch before, so it was on my check list.

I think the cause though, is that a lot of my journeys are short, in city traffic, so the battery doesn't get much chance to be charged whilst on the move.
Sound like a good reason to get out on some longer runs methinks!!!

thanks
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Offline DrT_Music

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Re: flat Battery???
Reply #3 on: December 22, 2014, 02:01:17 PM
An idea to avoid such problems:
I do have a 25 Watt solar panel on the roof of my garage with a regulator for battery charging. Did cost me roughly 60 €. In wintertime it is covered by snow sometimes or there is not enough daylight which causes a little bit of battery discharging which is good for the battery. Whenever the sun shines the battery is fully charged and the bike is ready for the next ride. Served me well for 3 the last three years on my old bike and now does the job for my Crossunner. I do have of course a 12V connector for the Navi on the bike.
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