Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ft Collins, Colorado
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The fault did not "just go away" of course, but happened several times as soon as it got warm enough to ride again.
For the record, the fault was:
Key in ignition, turn to on, everything is fine. Clock and trip odometers retained info. While pressing the starter button the clock and trip odometers would occasionally reset, often (always?) with the tach needle pegging again during the start. The bike would almost always start on the first attempt but would occasionally require a second push on the starter button. It has been cold, obviously, but not particularly cold when experiencing the issue. In fact, if anything it happened more when I would start it after work than in the morning on the way in.
It should also be mentioned at this point that I previously started another thread on this forum about how my '12 versys starts more sluggishly than my '08 used to. You probably know where this is going by now.
I replaced the battery as a first attempt to address the issue and a weak battery seems to have been the cause of both issues. The '12 now starts every bit as quickly and vigorously as my '08 did (RIP), and the clock/trip odometer reset issue has not happened since. Lucky thing too, as replacing the battery is pretty much the only electrical task I feel confident attempting.
I bought the '12 when '13s were already out. I really, really loved the white on the '13s but got a much better deal on the yellow '12. I suspect now that the battery went bad through inactivity sitting on a showroom floor for a year.