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Hi, When I turn the key the dash lights goes on but the rest is dead. Battery and Fuses checked. Regards, Kobie

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  • Kobiev Aug 20, 2010

    Heimlich,

    Is it difficult to take the ignition switch off?

    Thanks for your reply.

    Kobie

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You either have a broken cell connection inside your battery.Your battery shows a full charge(all the balls float in the eye dropper style tester) but the power wont flow through the cracked connection to operate the bike. Try hooking your bike up to a different battery (same voltage) with jumper cables. If everything works , you need a new battery. Or , the electrical contact base on your ignition switch is broken or dirty. Take the switch off, turn to the ON position, push in the three tabs, and take the contact base off. Try inspecting and cleaning the contact points if they are dirty and shorting. If it is burnt or broken replace it.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

  • David Belcher
    David Belcher Aug 20, 2010

    Usually the switch is held on with two 8mm bolts. Take a 10mm socket and a long extension. Reach up underneath the front cowling and loosen the two mounting bolts. If there is enough room you should be able to unplug the harness from the switch and pull it out from under the cowl. Worst case scenario , the switch is installed with anti theft bolts. In this case you will have to remove the fairing and grind of the heads to slide the switch out the bottom. With the fairing out of the way you may be able to remove the electric contact base with out unbolting the switch. The Suzuki parts diagrams do not show the contact base available separately from the switch assembly. Some times wiggling or turning the key a few times will make a dirty switch fire up again. This would be a way of verifying that my dirty/shorting contact base theory is correct with out tearing everything apart. Be sure and try jumping the bike with a battery from a NON-running vehicle or taking your battery in for a load test . Try the easiest cheapest things first. You can use a car battery as long as the car is not running and you do not crank the motorcycle too long (more than 10-15 seconds).

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