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Old 06-13-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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C'ville bike mechanic???

Do any of you guys know a good bike mechanic I might have look at my KLR? I've been wrestling with an electrical current draw problem for weeks and need some professional (or semi-pro) assistance.

I'd rather not take the bike to one of the big dealers, and can't take it and leave it at Wayne's.

Suggestions????

Thanks, guys.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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Do any of you guys know a good bike mechanic I might have look at my KLR? I've been wrestling with an electrical current draw problem for weeks and need some professional (or semi-pro) assistance.

I'd rather not take the bike to one of the big dealers, and can't take it and leave it at Wayne's.

Suggestions????

Thanks, guys.

It is just killing your battery while sitting for a while?

EDIT: I might not be your man because I'm a non-pro OK mechanic.
...but I did once own a KLR.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:16 PM   #3
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Mark,

Since you do a lot of short trips, are you sure your battery is up to snuff? If it's getting older and a little marginal it may not be a charging problem.

Tim at Morris Cycle can help.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:08 PM   #4
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Hey Mark,

Tim Morris can help I'm sure. Wayne's might be faster. I could trailer it for you if you need help.
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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oh man, it's a klr, don't give up, you can do it!
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:19 AM   #6
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Hey Mark,

Tim Morris can help I'm sure. Wayne's might be faster. I could trailer it for you if you need help.
Randy, thanks for the trailer offer. I'll give Tim Morris a call.

I'm riding the bike to work most days despite the problem. I've been testing and poking around the wiring on this problem for about a month, done some of the Clymer manual tests, and at this point will be thrilled to pay someone else to fix it.

The charging system works, but max charge occurs at about 1500 RPM (13.94V at 2000) and decreases to about 4V charge at 3000, and from there slowly decreasing as RPMs increase.

Very strange. Could be due to a short, bad rectifier, any number of things it appears.

The battery is a sealed gel battery, it's good, I had it tested (twice).

Thanks for all the replies, and let me know if you know of any other reputable wrenchers in the area.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:25 AM   #7
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Randy, thanks for the trailer offer. I'll give Tim Morris a call.

I'm riding the bike to work most days despite the problem. I've been testing and poking around the wiring on this problem for about a month, done some of the Clymer manual tests, and at this point will be thrilled to pay someone else to fix it.

The charging system works, but max charge occurs at about 1500 RPM (13.94V at 2000) and decreases to about 4V charge at 3000, and from there slowly decreasing as RPMs increase.

Very strange. Could be due to a short, bad rectifier, any number of things it appears.

The battery is a sealed gel battery, it's good, I had it tested (twice).

Thanks for all the replies, and let me know if you know of any other reputable wrenchers in the area.
You know.. Let me dig around my shop. I might have a spare regulator from my old KLR. I can't remember if I sold it with the bike or not.

FWIW, I had a similar problem and it turned out to be a bad battery. (that's why I got the spare regulator, because I was sure it was the issue) I know you've tested it and all. My bad battery was a sealed "maintenance free" type as well. I'd had it on the bike for a year. I replaced it with a needs water type battery and that fixed the problem, though I don't think my voltage dropped as low as 4 volts when revved. Maybe it's the vibrations from the revving that's affecting the battery?
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:16 AM   #8
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My riding john deer lawn mower is blowing out big puffs of thick smoke every once in a while under heavier load. And the oil look a little milky. Any idea what that could be?
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:24 AM   #9
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My riding john deer lawn mower is blowing out big puffs of thick smoke every once in a while under heavier load. And the oil look a little milky. Any idea what that could be?

Probably your battery.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:41 AM   #10
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Probably your battery.
You're just joking right? Because the battery was actually is dead since I smartly left the headlight on when I was done with it last time. I've been jumpstarting it. Still doesen't seem like the battery would have anything to do with this problem, but now you got me wondering. I'll throw it on the trickle charger anyway.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:37 PM   #12
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:35 PM   #13
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I was messing around with a fuel pickup hose and didn't get the rubber seal back on until after a rainstorm. So having some nice milky oil I think water got in the fuel not sure if that's a symptom for watery fuel. But I think it's time to change the oil and drain the fuel and see what happens. If not it's time for the exciting world of lawn mower forums you all are no help.
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #14
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No help whatsoever. Ask anybody!

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Old 06-14-2009, 03:23 PM   #15
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No need to ask I can see that for myself. Not only do you not help but you misdirect me as well!
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