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Hey Guys

Decided to fire the bike up today after having it sit for 6 months (i have a company car, so i drive that everywhere rather than ride the bike)

Anyway, gave the bike a good clean, went to turn the bike over and.... nothing. I figured it's a dead battery, took the battery out (lithium battery) took it down to a battery place, they tell me they can't charge it till tuesday. great. I go to a local bike place, grab a new normal battery, shove it in... and nothing.

The only light i get, is if the indicator switch is flipped, the indicator light on the dash will flash (abit slower than normal, and no indicator lights on the exterior of the bike) and the tacho needle will jump slighty. There's no fuel pump noises when the kill switch is engaged, no clicks or anything when the starter button is pushed.

So it's getting some form of electrical power, but i just can't figure out where the fault lies. All the fuses are good.

I took the new battery i bought back to the place and got a credit, i'm hoping they gave me a dead battery and i'll test the bike again when i get my lithium. However if that doesn't do it, i'll be super stumped. my next plan of attack is disconnect my power commander from all the terminals and hope that's whats stopping it. then i'll disconnect my HID headlights. However I don't see them causing my issues with no lights on the dash or anything like that.

Everything i've researched in the service manual and other forum threads sounds like it's either a fuse or battery issue, so just hoping someone can help me with some tips or advice to have a sus when i get my battery back.
 

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Hi There

Thanks for the advice, it's the same conclusions that I've come to. I usually do try fix everything myself and I doubt i'll be taking the bike to a shop to get fixed, i just need patience and work through it methodically, agree with you in that I need a 100% known good and charged battery to take the next step.

To answer the questions specifically

I used a waterless wash to clean the bike. In my unit complex I don't have easy access to a hose. So just spray it on the bike then wipe it off, actually comes up a treat. So whilst some spray could've gone in the fairings, I doubt it'd be a water short or anything like that.

As for the multi-meter, I'm also quite annoyed at myself. I've had one for the past 10 years, however I must have lost it when I recently changed jobs (photocopier tech) but seeing as i've never needed one in my job for ages, i've never had a need to replace it. I'll be getting one soon.

I know that a special li-ion charger is required, but there was no way i could get it on saturday morning so I took the battery in to get charged.

I'm hoping the lead acid battery I bought was dead from sitting on the shelf. It would explain a lot.

However once i get my lithium battery back and a report on it, or even purchase a new one i'll report back here with an update if it's either working, or not.

I've had this bike for 8 years now and I've installed all the aftermarket bits myself, so I'm hoping it's reviveable.

Cheers
 
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Hi everyone, thanks for the replies.

Thought I'd do an update. I got the battery back from the battery place on tuesday, they said that it was completely dead when they started the charge but it does seem fine. it's putting out the correct cold cranking amps after being charged to full.

I put the battery back in the bike this morning and... started first go! Took it out for a bit of a spin for an hour and a half and the bike doesn't seem to have any issues after sitting for ages (apart from pumping the tires up).

So yeah, turns out I had bought a new flat battery from the local bike shop and popped back into today to turn my credit into a full refund. Bit annoyed, but ah well not much I can do now.

Next steps will be buying my own lithium charger so i can charge the battery myself.
 
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