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Help! Versys not starting!

Hello,
So I went to start my bike this morning and no luck...
- Engine turns once, and then just clicks
-battery is at 12.8
-no wierd blinks out of the idiot lights

Just hit the start button, engine fires once, then clicks.
Any ideas?
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I'd bet on the battery or battery connections.
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I'd bet on the battery or battery connections.
Actually on the battery contacts it looks like there is this white goo...it doesn't really look like corrosion...does anyone else have this?

I gotta get this thing fixed, I'm stuck on my wife's purple star covered EX250 'til it runs.grumble.
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It's the battery and/or connections
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It's the battery and/or connections
Make sure your battery connections are clean and tight!
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Cool, will try. There are few things I hate more than new bikes that don't start.
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I don't know if you saw this yet, but it's my post on my bikes status...
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=3746

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When the battery goes click,click,click when your turn the ignition on means that battery has a lower voltage then it should be.
As you mentioned it was 12.8 V. Check it's voltage when you turn the key on.
If it's voltage drops drastically, this will tell you the battery condition.

As to remove the white goo, used hot water to melt the salt deposit away.
Wipe dry and put some light grease on.

A good smart battery charger will rejunivate the battery. However finding the root cause can only solve this annoying problem.

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hey, so how many miles do you have? I guess that really doesn't matter but I just got a call confirming that my generator died at 13k miles... basically with similar symptoms as you describe. so you might want to consider looking into that... how long had it been sitting? or had you been riding it recently...? Mine died in the middle of the road in the middle of nowhere... so yeah good luck...

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Like above, I'm going with battery. The white goo, if it's on the terminals is probably dielectric grease. Commonly used. Check to make sure your terminals are tight. If they are...

I would suggest a new battery.

You could jump it, run it, and see if it holds a charge, but in my experience, once a motorcycle battery dies, it is better to get a new one.

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Likely with your new battery, the Acumen gear indicator + Voltmeter.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/EDITORIA...EWS/36227.html

Have a few friends that have it and they love it. Tells them the V battery state.
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And it was....THE BATTERY!!! Thank you guys.
Battery wasn't holding its voltage under load.
The dealership was cool about, offered to send it in under warrenty, but I ended up just buying a new one.
I have a real hard time trusting a battery that dies after six-monthes of daily use.
At least it wasn't anything with the bike itself, the reason I bought the V was because I had two bikes prove unreliable in six-monthes.
Thanks for all the help.

Asdf38: dude, that sucks. Good luck on your trip and I hope your dealer is cool.
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Thanks for the update and closing the loop! This will help someone else in the forum I am sure of it.... maybe me.
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I didn't see a bike profile in your signature, so I don't know how new your bike is. If it's been sitting in the dealers show room for a while, the battery won't be new.

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so far so good with my dealer, but they say batteries aren't covered under warranty. So I'm a little curious about that... even after they admitted that because my alternator/generator killed my battery I will have to buy a new one... owell I guess it's kinda a fair trade...

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so far so good with my dealer, but they say batteries aren't covered under warranty. So I'm a little curious about that... even after they admitted that because my alternator/generator killed my battery I will have to buy a new one... owell I guess it's kinda a fair trade...
In truth they better check the regulator,bet it caused the alt to try to constantly charge the battery ,frying the battery and the alt.The white corrosion is an indication of it heating the battery up so it was spewing enough gas the vent couldn't cope with....just sayin

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