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Join Date: Apr 2009
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Should the bike stay running with no battery?
I know the charging system on these bikes (05' 600RR) is much different than a car, but will the regulator/rectifier put out enough power to keep the bike running, at idle, with no battery?
The reason I ask is, I ended up getting stranded about 20 miles from home, with a completely dead battery. The bike started up fine and ran fine on my way to the store. As I was leaving the store, went to start the bike, and it just did the dreaded "click". Tried to push start it but, the battery was so dead the gauge cluster wouldn't even turn on. I had a buddy come give me a jump. The bike would start up fine, but as soon as I removed the jumper cables it would die out. If I kept the bike above 4k RPM, it would run fine, but as soon as it went back to idle, it died. Picked up a new battery, and was able to make it home fine.
The battery that went dead, was only a year and a month old (of course, only one month out of warranty). I took it out of the bike, for the cold winter months and usually put it on the trickle charger about once a month. I guess I am surprised to see a well maintained battery die out so quickly. What are the chances my regulator/rectifier isn't working properly? It is the updated regulator for the late '05 - '06 models.