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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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seized my engine today

So ive been working away an left my bike at my depot for the
last month got back today jumped on the old boy got 5 minutes away an it cut out my fault for not checking the oil now it wont turn an starter just clicks im either looking for a new used engine or getting it rebuilt im really gutted

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 06:35 AM
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Sure it siezed cause of no oil? Sure your battery isnt just dead? Wouldnt you have seen a puddle of oil under the bike or had you been driving around with no oil before you left.

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Try to roll the bike in like 4th gear just to make sure the engine doesn't move.

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Sounds like a dead battery.

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Try to roll the bike in like 4th gear just to make sure the engine doesn't move.

if its in 4th already, or had the Positive Neutral finder balls removed

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No oil batteries newish it was running before it stopped working
Were the bike was sitting cant see anything apart from apes an exhaust pipes so didn't notice oil will look when I get to work
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Clicking starter usually is a dead battery. Did you check the voltage? Your charging system could have failed, resulting in the battery dying after 5 minutes.

If you genuinely have no oil, are there any signs of leakage? Would be strange to just have no oil randomly..

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No oil batteries newish it was running before it stopped working
Were the bike was sitting cant see anything apart from apes an exhaust pipes so didn't notice oil will look when I get to work
Oil would have had to have been burning away for a while. Or, someone stole it. But a dead battery can still be a new battery and a trickle leek could have killled it over a month.

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Really nothing to add here.

Bat fully charged=12.6+v

Bat 3/4 charged =12.45v

Bat 1/2 charged =12.3v
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I personally would have popped off the left side cover over the pickup coils and used a 17mm socket to turn the motor over by hand (counterclockwise) if the bolt loosens, the motor most likely is locked up. If the motor spins, look into electrical (starter system)

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