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Suzuki GS650 voltage drops to 8V. Won't start.

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Had an intermittent fault with my 1981 Suzuki GS 650 that's now became a bit of an issue..... The f****r won't start anymore!
 It cranks fine & the battery is holding a charge. Spark is pretty weak (swapped plugs for new). Battery drops to 8V when starting, back to 12V when releasing start. Checked coils & getting 4.5ohms & 13kOhm primary/secondary sides. I'm thinking short to earth, but wondering if anyone has any ideas? Cheers!

I've had a battery that had those exact symptoms.
It wasn't long for this earth after that....

Can you try boosting the battery by jumper leads, say from a car.
This would say for sure if its just a low battery, or if you really do have a problem.
Be ready for a quick disconnect of the hot lead from the boost battery...

btw, you say your battery "returns to 12v".
12 point how many volts, precisely ?
A battery at 12.0 volts only is already rather dead...

The battery's had it. Jump lead it from your car to prove.

Sorry, I've already proved its not the battery. I connected my car battery straight to the motorbike battery tails, and it was still immediately dropping to 8V & cranking like crazy.

Its got progressively worse (had the bike a month!). Started fine, then took a bit of effort, now won't start. Battery sits about 12.5V.

Does "cranking like crazy" mean it was turning over at the correct speed on the starter?
Measuring 12.5V doesn't really mean a great deal; take a dead battery out of your car and you can still get 12V on a voltmeter but it's still knackered and won't turn the car over. "Surface charge" and all that...


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