World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Weird issues last night - Wouldnt start, flashing oil/malfunction light, etc
So went out to get on the bike last night and it wouldn't start. This happens about once every 2-3 months. I think it was flooded. Anyways, in the past I've got it to turn over by rocking the throttle back and forth. Last night that didn't work. It almost fired up a few times but didn't make it. Anyways, after trying for a while I drained the battery. Luckily theres a nice long hill behind my house so I was able to push the bike back there and push start it. It fired up and ran like crap for about 30 seconds (I guess it was flooded and getting rid of the excess fuel). It ran fine for another minute or so and then the oil light came on. Needless to say, I went straight home (luckily I was only a few blocks away). I parked it and let it sit for a bit. I checked the oil and its still dead center between the lines. I turned it on again and this time, the oil light was flashing in a pattern of two blinks (blink twice, pause, bink twice, pause). The little oil can picture was not up on the panel though. I let it run for a few minutes then shut it off. Waited 5 mintues and started it again. This time, no issues. The light stayed off.
Rode to work this morning with no issues.
I know that light also serves as the malfunction light. Anyone know what that 2 blink flashing pattern means? I'm guessing low battery but not sure.
Any idea why the bike wouldn't start? If it was flooded, will cranking the throttle to full power and leaving it for a bit drain it?
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