Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
Re: radio stops when engine starts
+1 on start the engine with the radio off, then turn it on. There are some software issues with versions of the radio head vs. the controller and if they are not matched up right it can cause this issue. Also if this works then I recommend turning the radio off before shutting down the bike or you could have a battery drain issue.
Here is the info on that sw mismatch:
To test your '99-'04 Radio/Radio Control Unit (RCU) (radio display screen in the stingray) for the software version each is running, do the following:
Turn on the radio and within 8 seconds push and hold down the "MAN" button on the stingray radio control panel. You'll see "SVOL" appear on the radio screen (controls your speed volume/rate of change and is adjustable from 1 to 4). Continue to hold down on the "MAN" button until you get an 8 character radio serial number displayed on the screen. Now release the "MAN" button.
Next, press and release the radio "SEEK" control on the handlebar. You should now see the radio software version (on the radio screen) that will look something like SV 0300, SV 0400, etc, up to SV 0700 meaning that the radio software version is 3.0, 4.0, etc.
To get the RCU software version press the "MAN" button again and you should see either BID 2.0 or BID 3.0.
If you have a RCU with version 2.0, it will work with any radio software version, and they are: 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0 respectively. If you have a RCU with version 3.0, you WILL get the battery drain problem if you do not have a radio with version 7.0 software. In order to keep the battery from discharging with a RCU version 3.0 and any other radio software version except 7.0 you must use a Battery Tender or some reasonable substitute, or religiously 1)turn off the radio first, and then 2)turn the key to the fork locking position each time you park the bike for any extended period.
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