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2016 Versys 650 shuts down upon starting

Folks, need some help from the experts. I just came back yesterday from a short 150 mile trip and it was all fine. 2016 Versys 650 has been sooo sweeet (until this evening).

I decided to go to grocery store later today and it didn't want to start. Every time I pushed the start button I heard the relay clicking and bike shuts down immediately, don't matter how many times I try it always shuts down. I checked battery and it reads 12.7V

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Relay clicking but does the bike start?

Clicking relay usually means the battery is toast. Do you keep it on a battery tender when not riding the bike?

Try charging the battery overnight then try to start the bike. Also have the battery tested.
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First thing I would check would be the battery connections followed by other connections in that circuit including ground connections.

Try to wiggle them first and see if there is any change.

Disconnect the battery and use an abrasive or scraper to get the connecting points shiny. Don't just look at them and think that they are "clean enough", they may not be even if no corrosion is apparently present.

Second thing would be to get the battery load tested.

Those two things clear up a large majority of the problems.

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...Disconnect the battery and use an abrasive or scraper to get the connecting points shiny. Don't just look at them and think that they are "clean enough", they may not be even if no corrosion is apparently present....
I would also suggest that you coat the connecting points w/ a good dielectric grease, before you re-attach them.
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Every time I pushed the start button I heard the relay clicking and bike shuts down immediately, don't matter how many times I try it always shuts down...
What do you mean by "it shuts down"? Does it crank? Does it start then stall?
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Sorry for the video. I’ll try to fix it. Yes, battery was done. I was riding charging my phone and GPS and somehow it discharged and cannot charge all the way up again. Thanks
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What do you mean by "it shuts down"? Does it crank? Does it start then stall?
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Disconnect both positive and negative battery connections. Clean top of battery posts and bottom of connectors where they actually make contact with sandpaper, wipe it off clean then reconnect good and tight.
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Folks, thanks everyone for the comments and help. I had to replace my battery AND the positive cable. I noticed the positive cable had a little interference with my seat configuration and was routed seating on the top of the rear brake reservoir and bending like an "U", which contributed to its infant wear and probably battery discharge.
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Folks, thanks everyone for the comments and help. I had to replace my battery AND the positive cable. I noticed the positive cable had a little interference with my seat configuration and was routed seating on the top of the rear brake reservoir and bending like an "U", which contributed to its infant wear and probably battery discharge.
I posted this some time ago, it seemed only I had a problem.
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ight=clearance

If you have photos could you post them.
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I posted this some time ago, it seemed only I had a problem.
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ight=clearance

If you have photos could you post them.
See pics below. It shows how the previous positive cable failed seating on top of fluid reservoir and bending like in a "U" shape. Make sure you route it correctly to avoid seat interference.
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Disconnect both positive and negative battery connections. Clean top of battery posts and bottom of connectors where they actually make contact with sandpaper, wipe it off clean then reconnect good and tight.
Check battery voltage BEFORE reconnecting battery. The Versys is a battery vampire (most modern bikes are: clocks, GPS, etc etc etc) and needs a charger if not run for a few days. sigh. Our first world problems...
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Check battery voltage BEFORE reconnecting battery. The Versys is a battery vampire (most modern bikes are: clocks, GPS, etc etc etc) and needs a charger if not run for a few days. sigh. Our first world problems...

Battery charging and maintenance is for another chapter... Versys is not hard on batteries. I just replaced the original Chinese made Yuasa last year in my 2007.

Besides, battery charges better with lesser resistance in the battery connections.
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...The Versys is a battery vampire (most modern bikes are.)...
NOT in my experience. I got SIX years from the OEM Battery in my '08, as well in my '09....

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...Disconnect the battery and use an abrasive or scraper to get the connecting points shiny. Don't just look at them and think that they are "clean enough", they may not be even if no corrosion is apparently present....
I would also suggest that you coat the connecting points w/ a good dielectric grease, before you re-attach them.
I was under the impression that Dialetric grease is not conductive so I clean contact points on battery connections, attach the battery cable tightly, then apply Dialetric grease after the connection is made. I usually use battery terminal spray in liue of the Dialetric grease though
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I was under the impression that Dialetric grease is not conductive so I clean contact points on battery connections, attach the battery cable tightly, then apply Dialetric grease after the connection is made. I usually use battery terminal spray in liue of the Dialetric grease though
IF it ain't conductive, then I am a VERY lucky guy, as I put dielectric grease into EVERY electrical connection that I 'open' before I re-install it.


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