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Old 08-26-2013, 09:40 AM   #80596
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Check your spark plug wire and plug hole? Is water getting to the plug? Is there a crack/tear in the plug wire? I'm not sure on the DR, but normally there is a drain hole so that water that splashes up there drains out, but this can become plugged.
+ 1, has to be water getting where it normally can't. That was a very shallow crossing and should not have caused you any trouble.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:49 AM   #80597
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This is a good idea though.. I don't have cables or any way to get my bike started if it dies :screwy: I do have a new battery though (well, when I left)...

Need to fix that I guess
I have a set of these in a front fender bag anlog with a 21" HD tube for tire repairs.

http://www.aerostich.com/tools/elect...-cables-5.html



They are very small.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:30 AM   #80598
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http://www.whitehorsegear.com/yuasa-...-jumper-cables

8 feet long.

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"Mr Aus adv's RR (and thanks for that too) tells of his dead battery so I thought I'd post this for our newbies.
Modern cars and bikes with computer brains and fuel injection can't be pushed started if the battery is completely dead and unlike running out of fuel, you don't get a warning. So to repeat a past post;
"Jumbo" speaker wire makes for an excellent, easy to carry and store jumper leads. A two meter length of wire, with little alligator clips at each end will easily carry current to start your bike. I have started a car with mine, no probs. The good bit is they will wrap around the palm of your hand and held with a rubber band, will easily store under the seat for future use if needed. Being stranded with a dead battery can be a bigger headache than running out of fuel. It's great for peace of mind particularly if your battery is a few years old. FYI."
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #80599
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http://www.whitehorsegear.com/yuasa-...-jumper-cables

8 feet long.

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"Mr Aus adv's RR (and thanks for that too) tells of his dead battery so I thought I'd post this for our newbies.
Modern cars and bikes with computer brains and fuel injection can't be pushed started if the battery is completely dead and unlike running out of fuel, you don't get a warning. So to repeat a past post;
"Jumbo" speaker wire makes for an excellent, easy to carry and store jumper leads. A two meter length of wire, with little alligator clips at each end will easily carry current to start your bike. I have started a car with mine, no probs. The good bit is they will wrap around the palm of your hand and held with a rubber band, will easily store under the seat for future use if needed. Being stranded with a dead battery can be a bigger headache than running out of fuel. It's great for peace of mind particularly if your battery is a few years old. FYI."
Wow, I like this idea. Let it sit for a few while the car charges the bike battery then fire up. Gonna make a set of these..
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #80600
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Hey, Warp9! You listening? Please?
HMMM. no promises but I will check into that.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #80601
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I don't know if its even possible to design a kicker for the Dr though
It certainly wouldn't be practical or cost effective. There is no provision in the crankcase for all the K/S gearing and whatnot. There's really nowhere to put it without redesigning the crankcase and probably lots of other things too.

What is practical is to carry a small, lightweight Shorai battery as a spare.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:49 AM   #80602
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It certainly wouldn't be practical or cost effective. There is no provision in the crankcase for all the K/S gearing and whatnot. There's really nowhere to put it without redesigning the crankcase and probably lots of other things too.

What is practical is to carry a small, lightweight Shorai battery as a spare.
That's what I was thinking. For the mess that you'd have to deal with putting a kicker (which you'll probably never use) I'd rather carry a small light lithium battery.

or just ride with your girlfirend so she can push start the bike.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #80603
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That's what I was thinking. For the mess that you'd have to deal with putting a kicker (which you'll probably never use) I'd rather carry a small light lithium battery.

or just ride with your girlfirend so she can push start the bike.
Exactly! She's a sturdy woman. Her 3rd baby come out sideways. She didn't scream er nuthin'!


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Old 08-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #80604
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Thank you guys for all your suggestions! The battery is in good condition, I will start checking the electrical connections. If nothing obvious comes out I guess I'll start spraying water until I find the problematic spot where she doesn't like getting wet .
To me it's obvious that (at least) the stall was related to water. It just suddenly lost power and I couldn't keep it running.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:05 PM   #80605
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Thank you guys for all your suggestions! The battery is in good condition, I will start checking the electrical connections. If nothing obvious comes out I guess I'll start spraying water until I find the problematic spot where she doesn't like getting wet .
To me it's obvious that (at least) the stall was related to water. It just suddenly lost power and I couldn't keep it running.
Good point
That seems easy enough, hose 'er down. Let us know what you find.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #80606
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Thank you guys for all your suggestions! The battery is in good condition, I will start checking the electrical connections. If nothing obvious comes out I guess I'll start spraying water until I find the problematic spot where she doesn't like getting wet .
To me it's obvious that (at least) the stall was related to water. It just suddenly lost power and I couldn't keep it running.
It seems obvious, except that it's a ridiculously small amount of water and there wasn't any in the airbox.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:14 PM   #80607
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After drowning out my bike crossing this stuff



I ended up having to do this to my bike to dry it out.



nothing worked. Tried several things. Nothing.

I don't know how we ended up taking the exhaust can off. For some reason that worked. Bike turned on. Put the can back on, nothing again.

So I had to ride the rest of the ride open piped and I didn't have any earplugs. Here's me carrying the can on the back of my camelback.



Then of course I get home and as I'm cleaning out my bag I find this:



SONOVA!

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Old 08-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #80608
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http://www.whitehorsegear.com/yuasa-...-jumper-cables

8 feet long.

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http://www.stromtrooper.com/australi...-reminder.html

"Mr Aus adv's RR (and thanks for that too) tells of his dead battery so I thought I'd post this for our newbies.
Modern cars and bikes with computer brains and fuel injection can't be pushed started if the battery is completely dead and unlike running out of fuel, you don't get a warning. So to repeat a past post;
"Jumbo" speaker wire makes for an excellent, easy to carry and store jumper leads. A two meter length of wire, with little alligator clips at each end will easily carry current to start your bike. I have started a car with mine, no probs. The good bit is they will wrap around the palm of your hand and held with a rubber band, will easily store under the seat for future use if needed. Being stranded with a dead battery can be a bigger headache than running out of fuel. It's great for peace of mind particularly if your battery is a few years old. FYI."
On Push starting these bikes,we were out and about and a friends KLR lost the solenoid,so the starter wouldnt work. No kicker so we tried push starting it,with 3 guys doing the pushing and one guy jumping down on the seat,all this on pavement not dirt.
Even with a small downhill it wouldnt turn over fast enough to start,after about 5 tries with more bystanders helping, it started,barely.

So on dirt,even with 3 or 4 guys,push starting a 650 single could be a real trick.
Old bikes had kickers for a reason.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:19 PM   #80609
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I think you hit the kill switch accidently as you were coming out of the water, just enough to kill the engine.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #80610
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I think you hit the kill switch accidently as you were coming out of the water, just enough to kill the engine.


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