Bike in lockdown - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 3Likes
  • 1 Post By johnbaker15
  • 1 Post By deanwoolsey
  • 1 Post By 2191
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 8:05 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Phil042's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 1
Bike in lockdown

I have a problem. I had my daughter run my bike for 15 min to keep the battery charged while I was away. She stated a couple days later that the bike is dead. When I came home today I noticed she had turned the key all the way to the left, I can't unlock it or gain access to the battery IOT charge it.

Any ideas?????
Phil042 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 8:35 pm
Senior Member
 
rmcclure's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Erin, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 135
Re: Bike in lockdown

Possibly pressure from the handlebars/steering is holding the key while in the lock position. Try gently pressuring the bars one way first and then the other way as you try the key. If the key is all the way to the left, the parking lights were likely left on and you do have a dead battery.

Ross
K1200LT (99)
rmcclure is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 9:12 pm
Lifetime Supporter
 
johnbaker15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chelmsford, Ma, USA
Posts: 1,595
Re: Bike in lockdown

Did you know that you can charge by using the Powerlet socket on the left beside the shifter? That one is always hot regardless of ignition position.
Patric likes this.

John Baker

2005 BMW K1200LT
1979 Suzuki GS1000E
1978 Honda CB350
1975 Suzuki GT380
johnbaker15 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 9:30 pm
Senior Member
 
David13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lomita, CA, USA
Posts: 403
Garage
Re: Bike in lockdown

That is exactly why I never use handlebar locks.
If you turn the key all the way to the left on just about any bike, the handlebars are then locked.
But they can be a nightmare to get unlocked. You have to push, and wiggle the key, and twist and turn, etc.
I think that is your problem.
dc

2008 R1200 RT
David13 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old Jan 12th, 2015, 10:22 pm
Lifetime Supporter
 
deanwoolsey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Topeka, KS, USA
Posts: 3,105
Re: Bike in lockdown

Running your bike for 15 inutes to charge the battery is one of the worst things you can do to it. The best rule is: don't start it unless you'e going to ride it. Get a good regulated charger and plug it in twice a month for a couple of days.

If you doubt my advice, run your bike for ten minutes or so and then look inside the oil filler port and inspect the underside of the cap. Short runs cause condensation in the crankcase which does not evaporate unless the bike is ridden and gets hot enough to boil it out. Idling will not do it. Needless to say, water is a poor lubricant for motors.
Patric likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by deanwoolsey; Jan 12th, 2015 at 10:40 pm.
deanwoolsey is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old Jan 13th, 2015, 9:11 am
Lifetime Supporter
 
johnbaker15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chelmsford, Ma, USA
Posts: 1,595
Re: Bike in lockdown

Quote:
Originally Posted by deanwoolsey View Post
Running your bike for 15 inutes to charge the battery is one of the worst things you can do to it. The best rule is: don't start it unless you'e going to ride it. Get a good regulated charger and plug it in twice a month for a couple of days.

If you doubt my advice, run your bike for ten minutes or so and then look inside the oil filler port and inspect the underside of the cap. Short runs cause condensation in the crankcase which does not evaporate unless the bike is ridden and gets hot enough to boil it out. Idling will not do it. Needless to say, water is a poor lubricant for motors.
+1 on that! That why I mentioned the ability to charge through the powerlet port.

John Baker

2005 BMW K1200LT
1979 Suzuki GS1000E
1978 Honda CB350
1975 Suzuki GT380
johnbaker15 is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old Jan 14th, 2015, 4:37 pm
Guest
 
2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Danielsville, PA, USA
Posts: 747
Re: Bike in lockdown

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnbaker15 View Post
+1 on that! That why I mentioned the ability to charge through the powerlet port.
good advice.

I always use a battery tender when I am not going to be riding for a few days.

During the cold weather it is on the tender 24/7.
Patric likes this.
2191 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community 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











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
K1200LT as a retirement bike... in India? rdwalker K1200LT 12 Nov 7th, 2011 10:14 am
Riding impressions SwedishViking K1600GT/GTL 106 May 23rd, 2011 10:34 am
Need Help! Bike Fell Over EastTexasRider K1200LT 8 May 9th, 2008 2:09 pm
K bike or R bike bvargas163 Bike Talk 4 May 20th, 2007 6:03 pm
The story of buying my LT (Really REALLY long...) bmwjason Ride Tales 0 Jan 7th, 2006 12:09 am

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 Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

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