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Offline luwys

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Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:26:31 pm »
Hey guys, i am new to this forum and hoping to gain some knowledge on my bike that i am having trouble with. I have a 81’ honda cb750k and it runs beautifully but am having issues battery wise i bought a new battery for the bike as the one it had before was dead and with the new battery the bike cranked over nicely and rode great for a while but a day or two later after a good ride i parked the bike to get some lunch and when i came back the battery was dead. I left nothing on so i was a bit confused i got the battery recharged and everything seemed great battery held charge but when i put it on the bike and had a good ride and parked it the bike died on me again. Im not sure where to start my bike has this weird 2 kill switch side thing so i am not sure if there would be an issue there i hope someone could enlighten me
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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2018, 10:07:56 am »
First off,  welcome.   I believe your bike is a DOHC and this website is devoted to SOH. Models but this check will work on all bikes:

Get your voltmeter and set it to DC.    Start your bike and let it idle, check voltage at battery, should be 12-13V.   Then hold a fast idle at 2500 rpm, check again, voltage should go up if your system is charging, I suspect that it is not. 

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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 10:41:26 am »
The dohc Honda’s are notorious for rotors and rotor brushes going bad which lead to charging issues. 


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 03:18:16 pm »
Okay so i put the volt meter before turning on the switch and it was at about 12.47 and then when i turned the switch it went down when i cranked the bike over and running  and began reving to 25000-3000 the voltage read from11.67-12.09 any ideas on what is going on here?


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 04:10:20 pm »
Yeah your charging system isn’t working.  Next step, test the ac output of your stator


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 04:58:00 pm »
What should i look for ?


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 12:05:13 pm »
Hey guys so i got the new rotor in there and i tested it and it tested good i turned over the bike and the battery isnt charging up past 12 when i rev it up to 2500-3000 rpm do any of you guys know what to look into ?


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 12:10:23 pm »
Let mw rephrase its charging up to about 12.3-12.4 on the multimeter when i rev the bike 2500-3000 is this normal or is there something else i need to fix


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019, 12:16:23 pm »
Sounds low. What is the voltage with the rpms held at 4,000?
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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2019, 12:20:03 pm »
Its reading 11.94


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2019, 02:12:21 pm »
You’re not charging.
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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2019, 02:13:22 pm »
What should i look for?


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Re: Battery dying but battery seems to be good
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2019, 02:57:13 pm »
Here is a very good diagnostic "how to".

Click here....

http://www.oregonmotorcycleparts.com/FAQ.html
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