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June 7th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #1
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Electric Start Malfunction

About 35 miles into a 60 mile race I stalled my bike in the woods. When I pressed the start button, nothing. I tried it a few times, nothing. I began kicking, and kicking, and kicking...about 15 minutes later, after I watched 10 or so gapers pass me, I recalled the hot start button on the carb...a couple kicks later, and voila, it started....why do you suppose the starter stopped working...checked fuses...checked battery cables, seemed ok...are there any Husaberg common issues?
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RE: Electric Start Malfunction

so you're saying the starter motor stopped attempting to spin the motor, then kicking didn't work, then you pulled the hot start, then it started, now you have no leccy boot still? trust this is an '04+ FE650e?????

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Re: Electric Start Malfunction

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About 35 miles into a 60 mile race I stalled my bike in the woods. When I pressed the start button, nothing. I tried it a few times, nothing. I began kicking, and kicking, and kicking...about 15 minutes later, after I watched 10 or so gapers pass me, I recalled the hot start button on the carb...a couple kicks later, and voila, it started....why do you suppose the starter stopped working...checked fuses...checked battery cables, seemed ok...are there any Husaberg common issues?
Bridge the + 12V to the starter solenoid, by passing the button. If it runs the starter then you need to check the button and wiring from the button.

If nothing happens then bridge the +12V directly to the lead going from the solenoid to the starter. If it runs the starter then you may need a new solenoid.

If nothing then check the connection on the starter and try again.

If nothing then you need to service the starter?

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I did hear a loud click near the battery when I hit the button. Would this indicate that the solenoid is working?...I am at the fire station until tommorrow so I can't mess with it til tommorrow night.
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RE: start malfunction

i'm amazed that more people haven't had the positive wire short out. they wiggle and swirl around to use up the wire before being bolted to the positive/solenoid. they rub on everything going and yet i've never heard of a disaster story....

i'm not saying thats the problem here but i make this footnote!

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I did hear a loud click near the battery when I hit the button.
If this is just a single clear click each time you press the start button it would indicate the starter soleniod (relay) is pulling in properly. If this is so, the problem is either burning of the solenoid contacts themselves, a dodgy heavy power lead or its connections from the solenoid to the starter or the starter itself has a big problem. I'd put my money on stuffed solenid contacts.

If the solenoid made a buzzing sound when you pressed the button either the battery is flat or crook, or the terminals are poorly connected, or the lead from either the battery to frame or battery to solenoid is dodgy.

Post back if you need help with taking voltage measurements to identify exactly where the problem is.
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Sorry for the delay...I put a charger on the battery for a little while and it turned over with the electric start...so I guess this would mean that something is not charging the battery???...the weird thing to me is, before the e-start stopped working, it never turned over slow or gave any warning that it was dying, any ideas?
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Do you habitually keep the battery plugged into a charger that is capable of charging these high tech batteries to a full 13.5 volts?
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...actually, never. It has never been on a charger before. It's never had a starting issue before.
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Well these batteries are very sensitive. If you don't keep them plugged into a high tech charger like the Optimate III or equivalent all the time the life span can be quite short.



http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/ap...temdetail.aspx

If the battery is more than two years old I would get yourself a new Yuasa YTZ7S battery and one of these chargers. keep it plugged in at all times except when riding of course and that expensive battery will last a long time.

Be sure to fully charge a new YTZ7S with the Optimate before installation as these batteries have battery memory. They need a full 13.5 volts to be fully charged.
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