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Battery good, bike dead

2003 suzuki volusia, the battery tests just over 13 volts when the key is off. when i tun the key on, the battery drops to 0.86. All of the fuses are good. When I turn the key on, I can't even get the lights on....nothing

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  • jeanmarie125 Jul 27, 2009

    Hi there,
    this is my first bike....i don't know anything about them. I wasn't having any problems until I left my key on one day for 4 hours and killed the battery. It boosted from truck, I drove home, charged the battery, went for a long drive. Next day, bike was dead again. We tried boosting it from my car, and as soon as we removed the cable, the bike died. A guy looked at it for me and thinks it COULD be the starter but he can't get at it to check it. He says the coolant or something is in the way,and i don't have a service manual. I am crushed right now because I dreamed of owning my own bike by the time I turned 40, as a single mom, I struggled to save the money to get it (just under the "40" deadline, the huge bike fest is in 5 days and my bike is dead!I can't afford to pay someone $80/hr to try to find the problem. I appreciate your input. Thanks ..aka Cinderella

  • jeanmarie125 Jul 27, 2009

    Hi there,
    this is my first bike....i don't know anything about them. I wasn't having any problems until I left my key on one day for 4 hours and killed the battery. It boosted from truck, I drove home, charged the battery, went for a long drive. Next day, bike was dead again. We tried boosting it from my car, and as soon as we removed the cable, the bike died. A guy looked at it for me and thinks it COULD be the starter but he can't get at it to check it. He says the coolant or something is in the way,and i don't have a service manual. I am crushed right now because I dreamed of owning my own bike by the time I turned 40, as a single mom, I struggled to save the money to get it (just under the "40" deadline, the huge bike fest is in 5 days and my bike is dead!I can't afford to pay someone $80/hr to try to find the problem. I appreciate your input. Thanks ..aka Cinderella

  • jeanmarie125 Jul 28, 2009

    Thanks, you are right on the money. We finally had the idea to take a battery out of my friends bike and try it. My bike worked fine. I took the battery back to the dealer got a full refund which I applied toward an upgraded battery. Great site. Thanks!!!
    Cinderella

  • jeanmarie125 Jul 28, 2009

    Hey, it looks like the battery is the problem after all. My friend put his battery in my bike ane it started right away! One guy on this site said that because we weren't load testing the battery, it might still show a good charge and that must have been what was happening. This is a wonderful site and I want to thank you for taking the time to help me. I belong to 2 bike groups and will definitely be spreading the word about this site and the link you gave me. Great resources!!
    Happy trails, ride safe
    From Cinderella.........Cape Breton, NS
    Check out "Thunder in the Highlands" Cape Breton online ..its happening this coming weekend!

  • Gino Cussen
    Gino Cussen May 11, 2010

    Because it's likely an electrical problem there are a lot of things to check, the easiest thing is to go to the following link to troubleshoot and narrow the search...http://www.dansmc.com/troubleshooting2.h... There you will find other pages worth checking!? let me know how u get on.

  • Gino Cussen
    Gino Cussen May 11, 2010

    Have you checked for any shorts in the wiring or a bad earth?

  • jeanmarie125 Jul 08, 2010

    Thanks, it was the battery

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At first glance sounds like the battery is bad. The voltage you read across a battery with no load is not a good way to test. Batteries should always be load tested. Also if you still have the original battery from a 2003 bike you definitely need to replace it.

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  • Paul Blessing Jul 28, 2009

    Keep the shiny side up. Have a safe journey. Glad I could help.

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