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Offline teef.au

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Headlights flickering on idle
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:46:54 AM »
Hi Folks,

Early days for me as I learn to get along with my new (to me) TTSE. For reference it is a 2013 with 35 000klms.

After my first recent night ride, I have a minor annoyance. When I pull up to a set of traffic lights with the engine idling at what appears to be a shade over 1000RPM, the headlights flicker. Itís reasonably minor but noticeably different to my other bikes, which includes a Tiger Explorer.

I notice that if I increase the engine RPM by even the smallest amount, the flickering disappears immediately. It seems I am on the bottom edge of alternator output.

My main question is, do they all do this?

I havenít checked anything and I have no idea how old the battery is. Thought I would ask if this is common behavior first.
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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 03:05:41 PM »
I have a 2014 and I have not witnessed any flickering of the lights at idle.

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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 06:05:07 PM »
*Originally Posted by teef.au [+]

After my first recent night ride, I have a minor annoyance. When I pull up to a set of traffic lights with the engine idling at what appears to be a shade over 1000RPM, the headlights flicker. Itís reasonably minor but noticeably different to my other bikes, which includes a Tiger Explorer.

My 2014 TTSE, at 46,000+ miles recently started exhibiting a subtle headlight flicker at idle.  The known, "Low Voltage" indication was also beginning to appear every time at start up - before it was once in a while.

I removed the stock battery, a Yuasa YTX20L-BS, after about 2 years and 9 months use, replaced it with a Yuasa YTX20HL-BS and the flicker went away and I haven't seen the Low Voltage indication since, as well.   :002:
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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2018, 09:44:30 PM »
Your battery is on the way out.
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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2018, 10:40:52 PM »
Battery could well be on it's way out but have you checked the terminals, are they clean and tight?

It's is 'normal' on other bikes that I've owned, for a very slight flicker to be seen whilst on tick over, I've not really noticed that on the Trophy though.

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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2018, 04:51:10 AM »
*Originally Posted by earthman [+]
Battery could well be on it's way out but have you checked the terminals, are they clean and tight?

It's is 'normal' on other bikes that I've owned, for a very slight flicker to be seen whilst on tick over, I've not really noticed that on the Trophy though.

The battery has terminals?  :005:

Seriously though no, I have yet to check. I think I might replace the battery now for three reasons:

- I have no reason to doubt the sincerity and competence of the advice given
- I have no idea how old it is
- Things aren't going to improve on their own, and it occurs to me, items like the ECU must hate voltage fluctuation, better to replace the battery now on a whim than face complications or a breakdown down the track.

Thanks for the advice folks  :152:
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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 09:35:28 PM »
I have noticed the Low Voltage warning now and then, tonight after a short ride, on turning the ignition on, it was there again, and thinking about it, it's getting more common.
I think I will change it before my tour across Europe in August, seeing as I have a lifetime warranty on the bike if I have it serviced by the shop I bought it from, I will test them, although, I flatly refuse to go to them to service it, long story, but seeing as it's coming up to 20000 miles I'm going to blag it..........I'll keep you up dated.
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Re: Headlights flickering on idle
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 07:21:54 AM »
My 2015 TT has 44,000 miles on it, and I have also just noticed a flicker at idle. If I raise the revs slightly it goes away. I have seen no warning lights though.
I'll check the terminals this weekend, and probably give it a boost with my trusty old Optimate charger - see if that helps.
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