snot rocket stranded - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Open Forum This forum is for all off-topic discussion.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
snot rocket stranded

got caught in the rain heading back from northbrook.

right when I got close to home, the bike started to run like crap. at the light on the dash flashing on and off, then when I gave it some gas the bike shut off.

walked it over to the gas station.

any suggestions?

checked the fuses and they're good.

I wonder if the battery just decided to die now.

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:33 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
how bad was it raining?

chances are water got onto some sort of electrical connection

kill switch would be my suspect, but what does it do?

Does it try turning over? does it click? any lights or anything on the dash?

how far are you from home to push?
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:40 PM
Armed law abiding citizen
 
Dave13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Middleburg, Florida
Posts: 19,055
Location: Middleburg, Florida
Sportbike: '74 Yamaha RD350
Years Riding: idk
How you found us: Google
           
If the ignition wires are older (idk if you replaced them with the engine), but that could be the problem. Try drying them off, and restarting. If it runs, pull it into a dark place, and most water from a spray bottle over them. Watch for a spark show, and it you get one, replace the wires.

Or cut your losses and sell it to me.
Dave13 is offline  
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
thanx for the reply. right now. the dash comes on. tries to turn over, but the battery dies in a couple seconds.

about 5 to 7 miles from home.

I think it would be safe to leave here at the gas station and take a taxi over to ken's and buy a new battery?

7733922687

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:44 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Sounds odd to me that the battery would just die while riding.

Theres a connection somewhere that got water in there.

If the bike started running bad before it stalled, could be ignition related.
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:47 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: ttown
Posts: 21
Location: ttown
Sportbike: 03 gsxr 1000
Years Riding: ....
How you found us: internet
           
step 1- check connection, step 2 skip next steps, replace whole wiring harness. fixed.
stirls31 is offline  
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
thanx guys

shut up Dave!!!

right now it tries to start but the battery dies in a couple secs

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Thanx Ken! CP comes through again. Picked up a battery from Ken which was enough to start the bike up and get it home w the CEL staring at me all the way. Then it shut off again.

Ken, see ya next week.

And again thanx guys for the replies/suggestions

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 07:33 PM
let's find some twisty's
 
mxvet57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: mt. prospect il.
Posts: 292
Location: mt. prospect il.
Sportbike: 06 Speed Triple 04 fjr1300, 88 ex500, 96 dr350, 96 gs500, 05 yz250, 01 yz250, 91 kx500
Years Riding: killing bugs since 1976
How you found us: search
  
Is the battery charging? Just a thought.

it's not the fall that kills you, it's that sudden stop
mxvet57 is offline  
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Seems not to be, which is why I picked up the new bat. Will check the charging system first off, then prob wiring harness....

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:09 PM
philosopher and mechanic
 
philosopheriam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Aurora, IL
Posts: 181
Location: Aurora, IL
Sportbike: 2007 Yamaha FZ6, Fast Blue
Years Riding: 1.5 years
How you found us: Moparboyy
           
Spark
Air
Fuel
Compression (it's very doubtful that this is the problem)

Figure out what it doesn't have. If you need help determining this, just ask...
philosopheriam is offline  
post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:23 PM
Registered User
 
Eddyshore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Glen Ellyn , IL
Posts: 48
Location: Glen Ellyn , IL
Sportbike: '12 Bmw s1000rr / '08 Ducati Monster S2R 1000
Years Riding: 20 years
How you found us: Google
 
Put the whole bike in a giant ziplock filled about half way with uncooked rice ....JK At least you made home
Eddyshore is offline  
post #13 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:28 PM
PIKUACH NEFESH
 
STANIMAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: G-VIEW
Posts: 6,900
Location: G-VIEW
Sportbike: Italian,British,Japanese,Czech
Years Riding: LONG TIME
How you found us: CRR
           
You might need to do a by-pass with the R/R if the battery is not charging . Check the stator output , then the R/R .

MOTO AND MOTOR
1906 TECHNY RD.
NORTHBROOK IL 60062

SALES*SERVICE*PARTS
847-790-4848
STANIMAL is offline  
post #14 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by philosopheriam View Post
Spark
Air
Fuel
Compression (it's very doubtful that this is the problem)

Figure out what it doesn't have. If you need help determining this, just ask...
Yep, thanx! Wondering if water made it's way to one of the plugs. :/

Also gotta find out why it threw a CEL
Quote:
Originally Posted by eddyshore View Post
Put the whole bike in a giant ziplock filled about halfway with uncooked rice
hahahaha. Yep it's a wet mobile phone on wheels. Or triumph rice-a-roni

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by STANIMAL View Post
You might need to do a by-pass with the R/R if the battery is not charging . Check the stator output , then the R/R .
Yep thanx Stan. I've learned the s4 eats stators for lunch. Will see what condition the regulator rectifier is in.

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:37 PM
Registered User
 
Eddyshore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Glen Ellyn , IL
Posts: 48
Location: Glen Ellyn , IL
Sportbike: '12 Bmw s1000rr / '08 Ducati Monster S2R 1000
Years Riding: 20 years
How you found us: Google
 
at least stators are easy to get to and replace ...
Eddyshore is offline  
post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eddyshore View Post
at least stators are easy to get to and replace ...
hopefully that's the only prob. And i think Ken made some connection mods for just this reason! Ha

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:10 PM
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
ran out of gas?
tcmalker is offline  
post #19 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
ran out of gas?


Just filled It up the other day... Maybe put 60 miles on this tank, so still a ways to go

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:23 PM
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by ramenboy... View Post


Just filled It up the other day... Maybe put 60 miles on this tank, so still a ways to go
sorry I didn't mean to be a dick or anything, but something similar happened to me with me two years ago with my first bike, the Ninja 500

I was riding to work and it started sputtering and I was like wtf! The bike doesn't come with a fuel gauge so I wasn't sure what was going on. Switch the petcock to reserve and it wouldn't start. Tried again 5 minutes later and it worked. Looks like it takes a while for the fuel to flow from the reserves.

Not sure what bike you have, did you check the petcock is not off? And check the fuel tank just in case.
tcmalker is offline  
post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
sorry I didn't mean to be a dick or anything, but something similar happened to me with me two years ago with my first bike, the Ninja 500

I was riding to work and it started sputtering and I was like wtf! The bike doesn't come with a fuel gauge so I wasn't sure what was going on. Switch the petcock to reserve and it wouldn't start. Tried again 5 minutes later and it worked. Looks like it takes a while for the fuel to flow from the reserves.

Not sure what bike you have, did you check the petcock is not off? And check the fuel tank just in case.

Naw dude, wasnt inferring that you were a dick. That's why I was smilin when I kicked you in the balls

Anyways, that's a good point though... I'll check into the fuel pump.

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 09:57 AM
Old Squid on a Blade
 
Blade Runner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Carpentersville
Posts: 9,389
Location: Carpentersville
Sportbike: 2000 929
Years Riding: Longer than most of you have been alive. And I'm still slow.
How you found us: The voices in my head told me to come here
           
Wow, you made me think of the days of Lucas electronics on Triumph's. They never ran in the rain. Hope it isn't a big fix.

There is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe. Nothing remains in its original state, each day, each hour, each moment, there is change. Change is the essence of life. Embrace change as you do life. To fight change is to live in the past.
Blade Runner is offline  
post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blade Runner View Post
Wow, you made me think of the days of Lucas electronics on Triumph's. They never ran in the rain. Hope it isn't a big fix.
Hahahaha I know, right? The snot rocket brings a bit of nostalgia to riding...

I plan to check/change the plugs this weekend... Thinking if one got fouled from water gettin in there, that Should take care of the rough running part.

Cp isn't too far from me, so hopefully it'll run long enough to get over there so Ken can check the charging system

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
post #24 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 10:12 AM
Bug
Ridiculously Good Looking
 
Bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 32,750
Location: Gold Coast
Sportbike: Sportbike?
Years Riding: No F'in Idea
How you found us: 4 & 6
           
SuperMoto....Kickstart.....you're welcome



/obligatory

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a RIDE !!"
Bug is offline  
post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
ramenboy...'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: River forest il
Posts: 2,760
Location: River forest il
Sportbike: triumph speed four
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: fell asleep on my softail and woke up here
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bug View Post
SuperMoto....Kickstart.....you're welcome



/obligatory
Hahaha

This public service announcement brought to you by supermotos anonymous

visor down
nesba #608
ramenboy... is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome