Question about 2000 Suzuki GS 500 E
I just bought this bike - 8900 km on it, haven't ridden it yet. I started it yesterday and choked her to warm up (oil light was not on) put her in first and she cut off. when I put her back in neutral and tried to start her the oil light came on and she won't start. haven't gotten any oil for her yet - what I'm wondering is does the bike have a "low oil cutoff" or anything, or maybe I flooded her and thats why she wouldn't start. or maybe I blew the engine and have a $3200 paperweight.
the dip stick was showing no oil BTW when I checked it after the incident.
and I also know little or nothing about my new motorcycle
Does it turn over? If so, fill with correct oil (read owners manual), and try restarting.
Make sure the battery is charged, and if it just 'clicks' and doesn't turn over, your engine may be siezed from the lack of oil. In that case, it is a paperweight.
One of the first rules of being a motorcyclist is to know as much about your bike as possible BEFORE you ride. Always check tire pressure, fluids, brakes, lights, wheel bearings, etc. before you even think about getting on a bike. Anything that goes wrong with a bike while you are riding it, could endanger your life (much more so than a car).
Posted on May 22, 2009
Possibly, just possibly it is the regulator rectifier aka solenoid, have had the same problem with three different bikes in the past, clicking in electrical component (battery CDI) area, take the side cover off the, batt and CDI, area and try to start her. listen for the clicking if it is from a little black box in that area its the solenoid... cheap fix may set you back $150 at most
Posted on May 26, 2009
Hey, I just bought a gs500 yesterday, too, and had the same issue. Check whether your sidestand is down and you are in any other gear than neutral. If you have your sidestand down you can only start the bike when you are in neutral, the clutch is pressed, and you press the electric starter. If the sidestand is (FULLY) up you can start it in any other gear as long as you press the clutch. I hope that's your problem. Same thing happens if you are in neutral, machine is running, and you put in first gear with the sidestand down (this will shut off the engine - which is a feature, not a bug =)
Have fun, Lx
Posted on May 24, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: oil light on - bike won't start
I will guess that your bike cut off when you put it in gear because you still had the kickstand down. That is normal, it is a safety feature to keep you from riding away with it down and crashing when you make a left turn and the kickstand hits the ground.
To check your oil you have a sight glass. Stand the bike straight up and down and have someone look in the sight glass, it is probably on the lower part of the bike on the right side. The oil level should be above the middle, but not covering the whole glass.
Try this process. Go out to the bike, turn on the key and put it in neutral. Check your kill switch, make sure that is in the run position. Now try and start the bike and report back with what happens.
Does it turn over but won't start?
Does it refuse to turn over?
Do the lights come on the instrument cluster for a few seconds, then go out except for the low oil pressure light (normal for that to stay on unless the bike is running.
Posted on May 29, 2009
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