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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Morning,
Went to start the V for my 50 mile commute this morning. First press of the starter and I got a buzzing sound, but with no turning over. Tried again and away we went. Decided to run her to work, as washed at the weekend and assumed that some watre had got somewhere it shouldnt.
Got towork, switched off and tried to re-start... Every time I press the starter, theres a high pitched buzzing coming from under the tank, but the bike doesnt turn over.
Any suggestions? Or am I doomed to spend the rest of my life stuck at work???
Thanks,
Phil.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 03:48 AM
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Yep keeping working and think of all the $$$ from that extra overtime
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All jokes aside it sounds like the battery.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 04:39 AM
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This happened to me 5 weeks ago and my bike was just 1 year 1 week old. My battery was okay and kicking. The problem I got was the starter relay. You can try to check this.

1) Open your seat.
2) On the left side of the bike, open the mid body cover below the seat. Not the long one but the vertical one.
3) There will be a small box behind that cover ( looks like a diamond shape ). Open that up and you will see the starter relay with 2 30a fuses. ( Sorry dont know the measurement for fuses, is it amperes or voltage )
4) You can first try to swap the fuses and see if that helps. If not you can try to swap the whole starter relay.

In my country the starter relay costs around USD 100 plus installation. Apparently this is quite a norm with Kawasaki's and its all down to luck since its an electronic device. Sigh.....

Hope this helps. Good luck...
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Start with battery connections
Then starter connection and ground.

If you have a volt meter I can help a lot more.

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As stated start with the battery and make sure the terminals are tight. If that's ok move on to the relay.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 08:31 AM
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@hades

It's ampere or amps (A) like in current, not volt has in tension (V)


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Same thing happened to me this spring. Needed a new battery.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 10:03 PM
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@hades

It's ampere or amps (A) like in current, not volt has in tension (V)


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Thanks Lours for the explanation. Not so electrically inclined ehhehe...

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 06:03 PM
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This is a day late and a dollar short but by your description the fuel pump is running with the buzzing under the tank. My guess would be the starter button has dirty or wet contacts from the washing. Easy to undo the control housing and clean those contacts.

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 07:19 PM
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The V bumpstarts pretty easily if you're having battery problems and are out and about.

My battery went bad, but I limped around for a couple months with it.

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Yeah, good idea. You can try bump starting it in second gear.

What year and mileage? Original battery?
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