Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ignition/Start Problem (temporary)
Hello Everyone! This is my 1st day in the forum hence I'd like to thank you all in advance for your sharing of knowledge and experience. Pardon me if this issue has been discussed before, but I just couldn't find any info in the midst of topics related to the Concours.
My question is regarding a problem starting up the engine.
I have a Concours 1400 Year 2011 and I've been the only owner of it. I ride the bike only on weekends and yesterday was the 1st time I faced an issue which was a rather puzzling issue.
The usual temperature we ride in is 27-30 deg.Celcius, and yesterday I rode approx 100km up to a hill resort where the temperature is around 15-20 deg.Celcius with a little moist wind. I have similarly rode up to this resort over 10 times since i got the bike but never had any problems.
Yesterday I rode up with no symptoms whatsoever of any problem. After leaving the engine turned off for about an hour in the cooler weather, I wanted to ride back down but just couldn't get the engine started.
-There were no warning messages nor unusual indications on the console.
-The battery was fine and the engine cranked smoothly and normally
-The fuel pump was activated in a normal manner and there was no issue with the fuel supply.
-There were no known irregularities with the FOB battery, with all the fuses beneath the saddle, with the connecting pins of the ECU socket.
- I tried toggling the engine-cut switch while simultaneously depressing the start button (in case there was a switch malfunction)
The engine kept cranking but just wouldn't fire up.
I just couldn't figure out any other thing to check nor did I know what could the problem be. I called for a truck to transport my bike to the dealership.
It was an agonising 1.5 hour jouney down from the resort (I had to sit in the back of the truck with the bike). As soon as we got the bike off the truck, I just gave it one last shot and to the surprise of all of us there, the engine started up. I turned it off and retried, it started. I repeated this 5-6 times and there wasn't any problem anymore.
The technician at the dealership feels that the moisty cool air could have caused a weak connectivity at some physical electrical connection at any one of the sockets. I told him this wasn't my 1st time riding the bike there. I find it difficult to visualize what he said and cannot agree with his opinion.
Would you brothers happen to have faced a similar problem or could think of a more logical possibility of what the problem may be ?