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I rode home last night in the rain and my cover still has not come in, so it sat in the rain. I went out to start it this morning and when I turned it to on, no lights came on at all. Think it's just a drained battery? I just moved for school and do not have anything above the basic auto tool kit with sockets etc. Anything I can do with limited tools and limited bike maintenance experience? Thanks
 

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If the lights dont even come on then I'd say its a dead battery to start.
Do you use the steering lock? Is it possible you turned the key too far and left the marker lights on?
 

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If the lights dont even come on then I'd say its a dead battery to start.
Do you use the steering lock? Is it possible you turned the key too far and left the marker lights on?
I'm normally pretty careful to not turn it too far but maybe I did in the haste of trying to get in from the rain. Can I jump it from my car, I don't have anything else.
 

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couldn't he bump it? and ride for a minute to charge the battery back up?
 

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If the lights dont even come on then I'd say its a dead battery to start.
Do you use the steering lock? Is it possible you turned the key too far and left the marker lights on?
Bingo was his name o.

Yes, you can use the car battery however do not start the car or have the car running during the process.

Edit - A set of small battery jumper cables is a must have for a motorcyclist. Try and get those big auto sized clamps on your SV in the dark or the rain, or at 3am outside your SO's house after an argument and you will be frustrated PDQ.
 

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I have jumped mine a couple of times,you ARE going to have to ride it for 1/2 hour to charge the batt. DO not stop and start it in that time period. A battery maintainer is only about $20. :)
 

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couldn't he bump it? and ride for a minute to charge the battery back up?
bike charging systems don't work like automotive charging systems, they barely put out a trickle above what is required to run the bike, you'd be lucky to recharge the battery enuf to start a bike after riding a full tank of gas, let alone charge the battery to full

there is only one solution to a completely dead motorcycle battery...... charging it several hours with a battery charger, sure, you can get the bike running with a jump start from another battery, that won't solve the dead battery problem

you may be able to recharge a weak battery by riding it
 

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You can jump a bike with a car. If the car is running you will fry your regulator/rectifier possibly due to the extra amps put out by the cars alternator. You will not blow your battery up though.
 

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You can jump a bike with a car. If the car is running you will fry your regulator/rectifier possibly due to the extra amps put out by the cars alternator. You will not blow your battery up though.
That's the problem, too many urban legends! Here is why it is BS- you won't fry your regulator because the voltage has already been regulated by the car's regulator to 14.5 volts. The bike will only draw as many amps as it needs to get started, or to charge the battery. The car regulator is capable of ramping back just fine on its' own. If what you were saying were true, then the amps in the system that drive your headlights would blow out your significantly smaller turn signal bulbs. But that doesn't happen does it? No- Why? because the bulb only draws what it needs.

My race bike years ago had no charging system, because I removed it all to save weight and drag on the engine. Between races I had a pigtail off my tow vehicle that I plugged into the bike to charge battery, and I'd just let the truck idle for a half hour or so. Saved me having to cart around a generator like so many other racers did at the time. The bike would run for hours on a single charge with no lights to drive.
 

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That's the problem, too many urban legends! Here is why it is BS- you won't fry your regulator because the voltage has already been regulated by the car's regulator to 14.5 volts. The bike will only draw as many amps as it needs to get started, or to charge the battery. The car regulator is capable of ramping back just fine on its' own. If what you were saying were true, then the amps in the system that drive your headlights would blow out your significantly smaller turn signal bulbs. But that doesn't happen does it? No- Why? because the bulb only draws what it needs.

My race bike years ago had no charging system, because I removed it all to save weight and drag on the engine. Between races I had a pigtail off my tow vehicle that I plugged into the bike to charge battery, and I'd just let the truck idle for a half hour or so. Saved me having to cart around a generator like so many other racers did at the time. The bike would run for hours on a single charge with no lights to drive.
It's too bad you aren't as intelligent as you think you are. The reason you never had a problem on your race bike is because you had no charging system which means it was an open system essentially. You do what you want though.

EDIT: Post above me saved me a lot of explaining.
 

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It's too bad you aren't as intelligent as you think you are. The reason you never had a problem on your race bike is because you had no charging system which means it was an open system essentially. You do what you want though.

EDIT: Post above me saved me a lot of explaining.
you sure about that..

whether or not the bike has a charging system has nothing to do with hooking up a dead bike battery to a car
 

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you sure about that..

whether or not the bike has a charging system has nothing to do with hooking up a dead bike battery to a car
Do you care to elaborate as to how it doesn't?
 

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In the owners manual, Suzuki recommends a charge rate of 1.2 amps/hour and a MAXIMUM charge rate of 5 amps per hour, if the cage is capable of more than 5 amps , and the battery is dead enuf to draw at that rate, is may damage the charging system

it's right in the owners manual not to exceed tha max chargin rate..... I'll take caution and not have the car running while I jump start thank you
 

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Forgot to subscribe to this thread so I didn't check the activity.

I forgot to add that on the way home the gas light came on but I drove the 3.5 miles home in rain w/o stopping to fill up, so riding it enough to charge it after jumping is out of the question. It finally stopped running, so I'm going to head to an auto parts store to get a charger. Only thing open on Sundays is Kragen, etc. will they have the charger I need? I only want a trickle charger?
 
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