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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2016, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Battery issue?

Let me start off by saying I'm a simpleton. Before storing my bike for the winter I drained my tank and inadvertently my battery also and did not recharge before storage 5 months ago.
I ride a 2014 v star 950 with 1800 miles. I have done regular service on the bike and went to open the season today to find out my baby won't start. Jumped the bike it started right away, disconnected the cables and she puttered and died after 30 seconds my indicator lights and speedo were also flashing and fluctuating see attached photo. Jumped her for about 15 minutes and she ran for about 4 minutes with panel lights flashing before she died again due to complete loss of power. I figure it's a bad battery due to my oversight but am unfamiliar with the indicator lights.
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As silly as this may sound, first thing I would do is pull the cables off and clean the battery terminals. Jump it again and see if it keeps running once you remove the jumper cables.
Being its a 2014 bike chances are what I wrote above wont help but what the heck.

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shouldn't the alt keep it running even with a low battery, even at idle my 650 puts out 13.2 volts see if stays running at a higher rpm, if it does then you definitely need a battery.

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Not if the connections are bad, engine still needs a proper ground to run which is the negative post on the battery to the frame never mind the positive side. If the battery was just low with good connections, yes it would still run. I suspect something else is going on since the bike is so new, but was just throwing that thought out there. There are Yamahas out there that would die with a bad connection at the posts or just plain bad internally shorted battery, again, bike is so new I doubt it but easy thing to check.
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Thanks gents. Took her out yesterday so here's the skinny of what happened.
Because the battery died before winter storage and was not recharged it went bad. When I hooked up a trickle charger one of the wires was bad (mouse I'm guessing chewed the wire) it popped the in line fuse for the quick connect line. Went to Walmart got an equivalent battery since nobody likes to have 2014 yamaha ones yet. Removed the quick connect till i replace that fuse and thats how the cookie crumbles. Started right up and purrs like a kitten.

Installed new bars yesterday pretty stoked about that went from stock 35" down to a pair of 30" with a 6" rise. Windshield, mirrors, gas tank repair, and headlight housing replacement all in the next few days.
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Not if the connections are bad, engine still needs a proper ground to run which is the negative post on the battery to the frame never mind the positive side. If the battery was just low with good connections, yes it would still run. I suspect something else is going on since the bike is so new, but was just throwing that thought out there. There are Yamahas out there that would die with a bad connection at the posts or just plain bad internally shorted battery, again, bike is so new I doubt it but easy thing to check.
on my 650 there is a separate ground to the harness with a with a white plug that grounds to the frame all the electrical components. the heavy battery ground is mostly for the starter. i'v seen starters burn through the thinner ground wire when the negative batt terminal was loose because the starter was overloading it. most systems don't rely on just the battery ground. you wanna laugh, once on a road call to repair a broken power steering line on a tractor truck i saw the steel braid was burned through, it took me a while to find that starter was using it for a ground because the battery cables were loose. i was staring at for 15min trying figure out what could have done that there was no heat source near it . i'v seen some weird stuff in 45 years of turning wrenches

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Thanks gents. Took her out yesterday so here's the skinny of what happened.
Because the battery died before winter storage and was not recharged it went bad. When I hooked up a trickle charger one of the wires was bad (mouse I'm guessing chewed the wire) it popped the in line fuse for the quick connect line. Went to Walmart got an equivalent battery since nobody likes to have 2014 yamaha ones yet. Removed the quick connect till i replace that fuse and thats how the cookie crumbles. Started right up and purrs like a kitten.

Installed new bars yesterday pretty stoked about that went from stock 35" down to a pair of 30" with a 6" rise. Windshield, mirrors, gas tank repair, and headlight housing replacement all in the next few days.
Glad you figured it out, bike looks great, good luck.

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