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Starting Issue I have a 2001 SV650S, and on occasion has major issues starting. I hook it up to an Optimate 4 when not in use so the battery is in good condition. What happens is, I'll turn the ignition on, when I come to fire it up, the starter struggles like crazy, and the lights on the dash go out (when I let go of the starter switch, they come back on, but like when you've just turned the ignition on, petrol light comes on etc). I have had this issue just after unplugging it from the Optimate (last night to be precise), so I'm now at a loss as to what to do!

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  • coolkitty597 Jul 28, 2009

    I have 2 batteries (1 is brand new), both have been tested and are in good condition

  • coolkitty597 Jul 31, 2009

    The battery was tested under a load and was putting out 12V at 3k revs, headlights on full beam and the brakes on. This model doesn't have a kick start



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You have a bad battery I believe. if its at least 3-4 years old replace it automatically. If newer,maybe you could test try another battery.

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  • Paul Blessing Jul 29, 2009

    You say the starter struggles? You don't have a kick start? Also,how exactly were the bateries tested? You can't just put a voltmeter on it and expect a valid reading-battery needs to be under a load when tested.

  • Paul Blessing Aug 01, 2009

    measure battery voltage with lights and accessories on but the engine off. That should be a good test. Voltage should still be at least 12-13 vdc. I can't say you might not have a starter problem but hte battery is cheaper to repair. Lets make darn sure battery is 100%



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