I have a Kawasaki ZX10 Model number ZX1000JBF bought in May 2012. From new it has been experiencing battery problems, basically when the battery gets low the red light comes on, this has been happening once every six weeks even though I use my bike daily, winter included. I do on average 120 miles per week minimum . I have taken it back to the dealer four times and they have checked the charging system and are finding no faults, they can not give me any answers as to why this is happening but told me to charge the battery regularly, which I have been doing at least once a month, but don't really think that I should have to do this on a bike I have bought from brand new and is only 2 years old, I have also bought a replacement battery from the same dealers and it was still the same issue. My bike is still under warranty until the and of May. Does any one have any advice on what to do about this or has an one had similar problems?
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Welcome Paul, you say battery problems but what problems are you talking about??
Is the F1 light coming as well or do you have to reset any clocks?
You're only doing 12 miles each way/journey. This is probably not enough to charge the battery properly/fully.
Either go for a longer ride once a week, or use an optimate.
Hi, not so much a battery problem more a charging problem, I don't think its the F1 light it a red warning light under the neutral light, which stays on after starting after about five weeks of use, don't have to reset any clocks until after I have taken the battery out to charge AGAIN!
Although I only do 12 miles each way, I done exactly the same on previous ZX10 the model before my current one and it never had an issue nor did the fireblade and gsxr I had before them.
Kawasaki ZX10 2012
Hi PaulZX10 and welcome to the site
I think it's a no brainer,if it's under warranty(you say it is)then insist they repair the fault now,before you take the case up with fare trades,there is a good Bikelawyer on site,maybe talk to him and ask to send a solicitors letter to make them think.Good Luck
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I`m confused here,,why are you taking the battery to charge???????
As my first post what problems have you?????????????
Basically the battery is not charging it's self in the bike like it should, so there for I am having to take it out and charge regularly, which is not right, that's the problem I have and it's not been just one battery and none of my other bikes have I ever had to take the battery out and charge when it is in constant use!
Again, why are you taking the battery out to charge?????????????
Again, what problems have you??????????
You say the bike starts and runs.
Hi. When the red light illuminates what voltage readings do you get at the battery both with the engine running and stopped. If your charging system is OK then you would expect to find around 14.5 volts with the engine running and somewhere in the region of 12.5 volts with it at rest. If these figures aren't too far out its unlikely your looking at a battery or charging fault. When you put the battery on charge are you disconnecting it from the bike? If so it could well be that the red warning light is informing you of a stored fault code and disconnecting the battery for a period of time is clearing that code. Ideally it needs hooking up to diagnostics system preferably whilst the light is showing. As kcmc said though if the bike is still under warranty it is up to the dealer to sort.
Unfortunately I don't have a garage that I have any power in so have to take the battery out to charge, I don't have any way of knowing what the battery readings are. I can go out and start the bike the red light comes on and stays on, get two miles up the road turn the bike off and back on and the red light is off?? Then I continue my journey and the light will then stay off until the following morning. The dealer has not had it with the light on it's hard to judge exactly when it will come on although on average it's every 6 weeks and that would mean them having the bike back for 6 weeks or so to get the bike on the diagnostic machine with the light on, but you could be on to some thing there, because I don't actually how they have been looking for the problem when they have had it back.
Red light = Battery removal.
I give in.
If your not happy with the answers your getting from your dealer you have 2 other options. Firstly take the bike into another Kawazaki dealers near you and see what they say, or Secondly contact Kawazaki head office directly to see if they can sort it out. But once your warranty runs out your stuck with this fault.
Battery red herring?
If there is a warning light then the dealer ought to be able to access the fault codes to diagnose the cause. Have they mentioned that?
When you take the battery out aren't you just doing a partial reset of the red light warning? Even if it's not battery-related the light will go out until the bike encounters the same problem again. Instead of addressing it you're just cancelling the warning.
Is the bike cutting out or failing to start? You've talked about the red warning light and say you believe it is related to a low battery but you haven't said whether it has affected the way the bike starts or runs. I'm wondering whether someone told you it's a battery or charging issue and it's really not. A cheap voltmeter from Halford's would give a lot of information about the battery and charging system and it's not hard to use.
Ask the dealer about fault codes, it won't take them 5 minutes.
A very diplomatic answer James, you have more patience than me.
If Paul has a body red warning light signalling a brain malfunction I would believe it, but would he?
Just trying to help a fellow rider Jaffa, although I've just realised that Charlie made the same points already.
Thanks James. I have called the centre I bought it from and as luck would have it the light came on this morning so am hoping they will have it back in. The bike is running perfectly I have no issues with it at all apart from the red light, and you are right I was thinking it was the battery being the problem because that's what the dealer said it is. Hopefully now they will put it on the machine and find the real problem. Thanks for all the replies hadn't thought about the problem being cancelled out by charging the battery doh!! Will let you know what happens next!!