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Old 06-29-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Can't start bike

I just went to start up my 95 Suzuki GSX600 and it won't start. It has a new battery and wasn't left on. Can anyone help? I turned the key, pressed to run and clicked on the start. After a couple seconds (and only a few seconds) when the engine wouldn't turn over everything died. Anyone have any ideas? I'm new to riding so anything would help. Thanks.

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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When was the last time the bike ran? Why did you put in a new battery? It seems you're saying the new battery cranked the bike very briefly, then it just stopped. Re-check the battery connections. Are the lights and horn working, is there still a charge on the battery? If there is, turn the key on, twist the throttle a few times. Put the bike in 2ond gear and pull in the clutch. Have your pal or SO help you push it to trotting speed, and let the clutch out. Did the motor turn over, or did the tire slide? If it turned over, did it fire?

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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I rode the bike this morning no problem. However, it rained this afternoon and was left outside. Yes the battery cranked a little and wouldn't turn over. I tried to start it again right away and it went completely dead. Seems like there is no battery at all wh/ seems strange. I'm not a mechanic but it doesn't really seem like it should be a major problem. Lights and horn do not work. It's raining again so I'll try those suggestions when it stops.
Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. If I can give you more info please let me know.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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Termites. That or weasels nesting in the wiring harness.
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #5
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I know a guy whos cat fell asleep in the engine bay of his ford tempo.... so maybe it is weasels....
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. The weasle and termite coments were very helpful. The wires to the batterty were loose when I installed it. Tightened them up and it runs great.
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Thanks everyone. The weasle and termite coments were very helpful. The wires to the batterty were loose when I installed it. Tightened them up and it runs great.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:26 PM   #10
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Doh!

He beat me to it

CLASSIC loose battery cable fault! My '82 Jimmy (with those crappy side-lug batteries) would do that trick to me on a regular basis.

One tip; when you put the cables on, pull them slightly 'back from tight', then torque down the bolt. That way the cable tries to tighten rather than loosen the bolt.

And, if you live anywhere near a body of water, coat the terminals with your favorite "Terminal Goop" to minimize corrosion.
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