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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Bumping I mean push starting. And I used a circuit tester to determine that nothing was drawing the power.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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So I don't have an actually battery tester. I am Just getting my volt count off the volt meter on the bike. Should I take battery in to get it load tested?
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Yes. With any electrical problems, the first thing you should do is make certain the battery is good. I had a total loss of electrical power a few weeks ago but didn't think it was the battery because it was an AGM battery and it was exactly 2 yrs old & well maintained. So I tested a bunch of stuff, without load testing the battery. The problem was the battery. doh.






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And I used a circuit tester to determine that nothing was drawing the power.
1. What is a circuit tester?
2. Factory bike mounted voltmeters are rarely accurate enough for battery testing.
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....and to actually determine if something if draining the battery, you actually have to read if any CURRENT is drawn when bike is off.
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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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I did a circuit test and determined that nothing was draining the battery when it is off. I have not done a load test but I am about to do a multimeter test on it now.
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....and to actually determine if something if draining the battery, you actually have to read if any CURRENT is drawn when bike is off.
And I ask again, what is a "circuit tester"?
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post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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A 12 volt circuit tester checks for shorts and grounds. Basically it's a light on a wire with alligator clips at the end. You would put the clamps onto the negative wire and then touch the other end on the negative terminal.(wire disconnected from negative terminal and bike off)
Then if the light comes on and stays on something is draining your battery.
Aside from that I just used a multimeter to test my battery and I got 12.87 with bike off and again 12.87 with bike running. Also if I give it gas the volts go up to 13.80 then when you release the throttle they drop back down to 12.87
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1. A light bulb is not sensitive enough to check for a low amperage draw. 2. Those voltage readings look OK. 3. Are you still having the starting issues?
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post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Well since I've recharged the battery I haven't had any issues. Just hope I'm not out one day and all of a sudden the bike won't start. What is weird is leading up to the day my bike wouldn't start the tachometer would go all screwy and jump from say 4000rpm to 7-8000 then back to proper rpms. The engine was fine wasn't hesitating or anything like that. Just the Roma wouldn't stay calm.
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