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Old 03-30-2012, 12:36 PM   #16
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great bikes

I have 2 projects, one in garage, one on patio
If someone wants to rescue these poor bikes I probably would sell both plus a bunch of parts for around $888. Pickup Indpls, IN.
I rode a museum quality one (now sold) and it went over 100mph with more to spare with my 275# phat ass riding it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:05 AM   #17
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This is what you wanted to trade for my NX125? Douglas!

That said, one of the p.o. chopped my rear fender (behind the license plate bracket). Any chance you have a spare you'd part with?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:51 PM   #18
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Need some help

Rode the VTR to work this morning. No problems. Turned off the bike and locked the steering head. Came out after work and have no power. No dash lights, no headlight, no horn, no starter, nothing. It's like the bike has no battery in it.

I had my wife come get me and got the trailer and brought it home. Battery shows about 9.4 volts. I hooked it up to the Battery Tender.

I rode it over the weekend; had no issues starting it up. WTF?

An ideas what else to check?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #19
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Rode the VTR to work this morning. No problems. Turned off the bike and locked the steering head. Came out after work and have no power. No dash lights, no headlight, no horn, no starter, nothing. It's like the bike has no battery in it.

I had my wife come get me and got the trailer and brought it home. Battery shows about 9.4 volts. I hooked it up to the Battery Tender.

I rode it over the weekend; had no issues starting it up. WTF?

An ideas what else to check?
Charge it, and see if it starts. With voltage that low, sounds like a shorted cell. Sometimes, it just happens.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:55 PM   #20
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Rode the VTR to work this morning. No problems. Turned off the bike and locked the steering head. Came out after work and have no power. No dash lights, no headlight, no horn, no starter, nothing. It's like the bike has no battery in it.

I had my wife come get me and got the trailer and brought it home. Battery shows about 9.4 volts. I hooked it up to the Battery Tender.

I rode it over the weekend; had no issues starting it up. WTF?

An ideas what else to check?
Double check the ignition switch iirc on mine you could go past the lock position and into park which turned on the tail lights.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:19 AM   #21
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Charge it, and see if it starts. With voltage that low, sounds like a shorted cell. Sometimes, it just happens.
Better yet charge it, test the battery (load test) then start it and check the bike charging system output.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:30 AM   #22
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Thanks everyone (especially you, Bob).

I still am not sure what the problem is/was although I'm starting to suspect the battery. I checked all of the fuses (both the 30A main as well as all of them up by the ignition switch). They're all good. When I got it home (via trailer), the battery showed 9.4 volts. I hooked it up to the Battery Tender Jr. I have. It was still charging this morning (but I did not check the volts). When I turn the key, this morning, I do get lights but I did not try to start it (I would assume it will start at this point).

I'm thinking the battery may be no good. I have asked the p.o. if he knows the age of the battery (it has screw caps for each cell and I can see the electrolyte level [it's full] thru the translucent case).

Can I do a load test at home or is there special equipment for that? For instance, I could take it to the local Auto Zone and have them load test it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:31 AM   #23
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Double check the ignition switch iirc on mine you could go past the lock position and into park which turned on the tail lights.
Are you thinking I did this, by mistake, and left the tail light on all day? Hmmm.

EDIT: In retrospect, I would imagine that this is exactly what I did.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:46 AM   #24
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Nice the VTR250, last friday I bought a VTR250 for my wife. A lot of fun!!!

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Old 04-03-2012, 10:58 AM   #25
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Sadly, we don't get that version of the VTR here in the US.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:34 AM   #26
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Sadly, we don't get that version of the VTR here in the US.
it is the last unit that Honda brings to Spain because nobody wants to buy it.... people says that this motorbike is than expensive than a 600cc second hand.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:26 PM   #27
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Geez, I've read a lot of good things about it. However, if it's expensive, I can understand why no one would want to buy one. That's a shame, it's certainly nice looking. I hope your wife enjoys it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:23 AM   #28
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Update

OK, I got home yesterday and the battery was fully charged courtesy of the Tender Jr (it took about 20 hours). I must have left the ignition switch in the Park position (as opposed to the Lock position). I did experiment with the ignition switch positions so I won't repeat that again.

I'm still wondering why a battery with 9.4 volts wouldn't activate the dash lights or the horn. I can understand not being able to engage the starter motor but no lights at all is kind of weird.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:23 PM   #29
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Common mistake - every HawkGt owner has done it at least once ( raises hand )...

Even better, P switch position and OFF position are in opposite locations ( last & next-to-last) on my 2 most-ridden bikes ( Hawk & Wee-strom )
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:29 AM   #30
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Even better, P switch position and OFF position are in opposite locations ( last & next-to-last) on my 2 most-ridden bikes ( Hawk & Wee-strom )
On the VTR, the order is: (counter-clockwise) On, Off, Park, Lock.

I can understand having Park and Lock next to each other, both lock the steering. I guess I've owned too many dual sports (without this feature).
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