Bike died

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  1. Turnerdude1

    Turnerdude1 Turnerdude1

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    Last Saturday I was riding my F700gs and the lamp warning light came on as low beam bulb was out. Rode bike for about 20 miles and was on my way to get new bulb when bike died and check engine light came on and bike will not start. Would a burned out low beam bulb cause the bike to sense a major fault?
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  2. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Most likely you had a battery or stator/regulator failure and the bulb burning out was related to that.
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  3. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    To answer your question, no, burned out bulb did not do that to mine.
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  4. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    No, need to know mileage on bike, model year, battery condition needed to diagnosis the issue
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  5. Turnerdude1

    Turnerdude1 Turnerdude1

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    Bike is a 2013 with 17,000 on it..
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  6. Turnerdude1

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    Battery was on trickle charge and is in good condition
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  7. Pch123

    Pch123 Bar Crossings

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    Does the bike turnover or not. When you try to start it is it dead or does dash lights etc work and motor rolls over but wont catch?
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  8. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    What voltage do you see with the key on? Does the bike crank fast and has it tried to run since it first quit?
    If it isn't electrical I'm leaning towards fuel pressure/pump/filter related.
    It's essential to start any diagnostics (other than a wheel bearing!) on these bikes with an established and strong battery. Don't assume because it's on a maintainer that it's OK, Voltage tells the tale far better.
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  9. Turnerdude1

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    It turns over just does crank...
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    Turnerdude1 Turnerdude1

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    It does not turn over fast...will take it to dealer tomorrow just hate getting raped by those bastards...
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  11. dpike

    dpike BeeKeeper Supporter

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    how old is your battery ?
    just because its on a charger doesn't mean a 7 year old battery is good. pop the battery and have it tested at a parts store, i'm guessing it's toast.
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  12. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    Get your self a $25 volt meter and tell us what you see before bending over at the dealer. The F7 / F8 engines don't turn over as fast as most motors but the voltage will tell us a lot about why that is. Just trying to help you avoid a trip to the dealer or at least make an informed trip to the shed
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  13. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    I would put in a new battery before going to the stealer. 7 year old battery is done anyway you got to replace it.
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  14. Eurolanc

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    Be sure to check all parts of the charging system. A weak battery can overwork a stator and cause it to burn out, likewise a bad stator can keep a battery from fully charging and can sulfate if it gets low enough. A weak battery can also hurt the starter if it isn't getting full voltage to turn the engine over. Battery voltage with everything off should be at least 12.4, Idling voltage should be 12.8-13.4. I had an issue after I got done cleaning my F8GS that I had moved the ground wire for the starter and it was slightly loose but your problem sounds charging system related. Good luck and remember to always keep your battery fully charged if you replace the stator or battery to prevent any unnecessary load on new components.

    Edit: 5 years is the most I would expect to get out of a lead acid battery
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    211 ThorsPadre

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    Please follow up with the fix.
    I'm new to the fGS scene so stories like this scare me
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  16. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    No need, these are very good and reliable bikes, but every manufacturer has a few issues and reading the forums always instills fear, often overstated in reality. What is good news is the help available on forums such a this, to diagnose issues that arise and solve and mitigate the chance of inconvenient breakdown.
    Followup is very helpful, so I agree with that request!
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  17. Turnerdude1

    Turnerdude1 Turnerdude1

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    Chain which dealer said at one point was loose nicked the wire on the wiring harness and shorted it out. What I think happen as I keep chain properly adjusted is that I took it off road on very rough road without skid plate and this is how wire got nicked by chain....live and learn..
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  18. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    Thanks for the follow-up, glad you're up and running.
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