C'ville bike mechanic???

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by vagt6, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. vagt6

    vagt6 Bit the Bullet

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    Do any of you guys know a good bike mechanic I might have look at my KLR? I've been wrestling with an electrical current draw problem for weeks and need some professional (or semi-pro) assistance.

    I'd rather not take the bike to one of the big dealers, and can't take it and leave it at Wayne's.

    Suggestions????:huh

    Thanks, guys.:norton
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  2. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    It is just killing your battery while sitting for a while?

    EDIT: I might not be your man because I'm a non-pro OK mechanic. :evil
    ...but I did once own a KLR.
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  3. OldnoGPS

    OldnoGPS Just a sightseer

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    Mark,

    Since you do a lot of short trips, are you sure your battery is up to snuff? If it's getting older and a little marginal it may not be a charging problem.

    Tim at Morris Cycle can help.
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  4. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Hey Mark,

    Tim Morris can help I'm sure. Wayne's might be faster. I could trailer it for you if you need help.
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  5. BmoreBandit

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    oh man, it's a klr, don't give up, you can do it!
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  6. vagt6

    vagt6 Bit the Bullet

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    Randy, thanks for the trailer offer. I'll give Tim Morris a call.

    I'm riding the bike to work most days despite the problem. I've been testing and poking around the wiring on this problem for about a month, done some of the Clymer manual tests, and at this point will be thrilled to pay someone else to fix it.:1drink

    The charging system works, but max charge occurs at about 1500 RPM (13.94V at 2000) and decreases to about 4V charge at 3000, and from there slowly decreasing as RPMs increase.

    Very strange. Could be due to a short, bad rectifier, any number of things it appears.

    The battery is a sealed gel battery, it's good, I had it tested (twice).

    Thanks for all the replies, and let me know if you know of any other reputable wrenchers in the area.
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  7. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    You know.. Let me dig around my shop. I might have a spare regulator from my old KLR. I can't remember if I sold it with the bike or not.

    FWIW, I had a similar problem and it turned out to be a bad battery. (that's why I got the spare regulator, because I was sure it was the issue) I know you've tested it and all. My bad battery was a sealed "maintenance free" type as well. I'd had it on the bike for a year. I replaced it with a needs water type battery and that fixed the problem, though I don't think my voltage dropped as low as 4 volts when revved. Maybe it's the vibrations from the revving that's affecting the battery?
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  8. FOXedupONE

    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    My riding john deer lawn mower is blowing out big puffs of thick smoke every once in a while under heavier load. And the oil look a little milky. Any idea what that could be?:lol3
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  9. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Probably your battery.
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    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    You're just joking right? Because the battery was actually is dead since I smartly left the headlight on when I was done with it last time. I've been jumpstarting it. Still doesen't seem like the battery would have anything to do with this problem, but now you got me wondering. I'll throw it on the trickle charger anyway.:scratch
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    :lol3
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    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    :jive


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    I was messing around with a fuel pickup hose and didn't get the rubber seal back on until after a rainstorm. So having some nice milky oil I think water got in the fuel not sure if that's a symptom for watery fuel. But I think it's time to change the oil and drain the fuel and see what happens.:dunno If not it's time for the exciting world of lawn mower forums you all are no help.:lol3
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  14. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    No help whatsoever. Ask anybody! :D

    :wave
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  15. FOXedupONE

    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    No need to ask I can see that for myself. Not only do you not help but you misdirect me as well!:ddog
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  16. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    It never hurts to help! :lol3

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  17. vagt6

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    Hey this is MY thread!!!:lol3

    Go start your lawnmower thread somewhere else . . .:norton

    Back to my hole now . . .:eek1
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  18. FOXedupONE

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    I'll give it back to you...this thread is all yours.:1drink
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