K1200LT Starting Problem
I have a '03 K1200LT that has an intermittent starting problem. Replaced the kickstand switch because I though every time I kicked it with my heel and the bike started, it was a bad switch. I was wrong. problem still occurs. I had it in the shop and they couldn't duplicate it. When I get on the bike, I put my right foot on the footbrake and try to start and some time is does and doesn't. The shop feels that might be taking load away from the starting sequence and pull from the battery to power the ABS solenoids. I now turn on the key and wait for the ABS to power up and it starts.That seemed to work.
The issue still exists and today went out after work and it started right up after waiting for the ABS module to power up. It died when I put in it gear with the kickstand down that I forgot to raise. Then it would not start. Several attempts to get it to start and waited until the ABS powered up, it started. Saturday, I played with it and found if I turn on the key, in neutral and wait till the ABS powers up, it starts.
After getting it home, I tried to start and it didn’t. I turned off the HI beam HID lights and turned the key on, waited for the ABS to power up, and it barely started. It appears the hi beam HID has to be off as well in neutral. I do have a low-beam HID.The battery is three years old and maybe worn.
Saturday, I played with it and found if I turn on the key, in neutral and wait till the ABS powers up, it starts.I asked the dealer about thinking it might be the battery.The battery prognosis seems plausible. They did check the battery and it held good voltage during a load. 3 years is getting into the gray area though and it is sometimes the simple things. They also also charged the battery during service and after, which is normal practice. Since it is 3 years old, you are having success when dropping additional loads from it during starting and they have seen batteries cause similar tricky symptoms in the past It may only be the weakest link in a bigger problem though because it did check out as good.
Any thoughts from you smart people?