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Battery / Electrical woes
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Can you tell me what I need to replace in order to get my bike to start everytime. - 2003 600RR
Right now if it sits for a couple of days, I cannot get it to start via start button. I have to either push start it or put it on a battery tender.
The garage where I park my bike does not have electrical outlets so the battery tender is out of the question (i think). Push starting it is what I have been doing, but that sux.
I WANT TO BE ABLE TO START THE BIKE normally.
Here is what I know:
* The battery is fairly new ( < 6 months) (and I have a feeling the one that was replaced is good too)
* If I monitor battery voltage, it idles at about 12 and change, and climbs to 14 as I rev to about 5k
* I'm pretty certain that the battery is NOT the culprit.
* The alternator should be ok since the voltage is increasing with rpm's
From my experiments, I think that the battery is charging but for some reason is not holding a charge when sitting).
I have read about the rectifier (R/R system) being bad on '03 's. What's that and how do I check it? Also read about the heatsheild... what does that have to do with anything?
The next test is to unhook the battery terminals and let it sit, then next time I go riding, reconnect the terminals and see if it starts. That will tell me if something is drainging the battery when the bike sits.
You suggestions are appreciated. I will only bring it to the dealer as a last resort (I've heard of things like R/R system being fixed under warrantee for 03's). I want to try to fix the problem myself.