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Intermittent Electrical Starting Problem

The other day while trying to start my V, everything electrical went dead. When I hit the start button I heard a funny noise and all my lights went out. My clock even reset. After fiddling with the key and switches for a while the lights came back on, it started and my clock read 1:00. I had several regular starts after this and then it happened again. The last time I took off the seat and checked the battery terminals and everything was snug and tight. I was able to get it to start again, but I'm concerned one day I will get stuck. Anyone have any ideas on where I should look to solve this problem? The only think that comes to my mind, is I may have loosened something while cleaning but I have no idea what it could be. I'd like to fix this myself. Thanks.

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I would take it to the dealer depending on how old it is.
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The other day while trying to start my V, everything electrical went dead. When I hit the start button I heard a funny noise and all my lights went out. My clock even reset. After fiddling with the key and switches for a while the lights came back on, it started and my clock read 1:00. I had several regular starts after this and then it happened again. The last time I took off the seat and checked the battery terminals and everything was snug and tight. I was able to get it to start again, but I'm concerned one day I will get stuck. Anyone have any ideas on where I should look to solve this problem? The only think that comes to my mind, is I may have loosened something while cleaning but I have no idea what it could be. I'd like to fix this myself. Thanks.
How close did you say you are to Roswell or Area 51 ?
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Check the other end (bike end) of the ground terminal from the battery, see if its loose or corroded. Check the integrity of the cable while you are at it.

If you have a volt meter check the battery with ignition off, it should be around 12.6volts. If its around 11.8volts or less your battery may be on the way out.

With bike running a little above idle, you should be seeing 14.0+volts, mine runs between 14.3 & 14.4volts, without heated gear, or blinkers etc

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I remember picking up my 01 KLR from the dealer & having the same problem. The bike was brand new, they wheeled it out of the showroom floor & nothing!! They money was already exchanged, so needless to say I thought this bike was a lemon! It turned out the wiring harness connection behind the fairing was not fully connected. I never had a problem again in the 6 years I owned the bike. Take it back to the dealer & have them check all connections. Good luck!!
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Your problem is probably under the tank ... and under the air box ... on the back side of the frame behind the steering head is a couple of connectors ... take them apart and inspect them ... I'll bet you find some green spooge ... clean the connecters with carb cleaner and then apply dieelectric grease ... then reconnect ... problem solved ... now your probably thinking ... how do I know this ... been there ... done that ...!!

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It could be from a loose connection but more likely it is short where some wire is rubbing on something. This is why it only does it sometimes. Eventually it will short out completely and leave you stranded so I would try to find out where it is shorting. My 08 KLR had a bad switch at the fuse box that went out and had to be replaced.
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The service manual has a well laid out troubleshooting area you may want to check. Download it from the link on the service manual thread.
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Thanks for your input; I fixed it.

I found the problem, but now I feel a little stupid. It was a lose connection to the battery. When I "checked" the battery terminals for the first time, I just wiggled the cables and did not look under the protective caps. Later, when I went to test the battery with a voltage meter I found the negative connection to be lose. After tightening it, I have had no further problems.

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That ... would do it ...!
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