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Hey guys,

New here and new to the Suzuki world in general. Bought the Suzuki GZ250 (2005) from a guy who owns a riding school. A few scratches here and there but I tested it twice and it ran fine both times.

Let it sit in my garage for a couple days, wouldn't start last night.

Sounded like it was having trouble turning over a few times, then the fourth press of the engine start button, no noise (light clicking but no sound from the engine). Lights all still work, but horn all of a sudden does not. When I press the horn the lights flicker but I get no sound.

Here's where my being new comes into play. I think I may have left the choke down for the two days between when I bought it and when I tried to start it again. I bought I spark plug socket and will try to pull it out tonight. I also bought a battery charger, though I am having a hard time finding a place to charge since I live in a condo building (on the marble floor of the lobby maybe?). And to add to the issues, this morning when I went to look at it, I noticed a black tar on the left side of the engine.


Please let me know if anyone has had similar problems. I would really like to get this thing running shortly.
 

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:welcomes: to the forums from Arkansas.:cool: Take the battery out take it to your condo and charge it.:bluethum:
A bad or low battery does sound like the likely culprit, so get a full charge on that first thing.
Also test it with a voltmeter while the bike is running and make sure the stator/alternator is running strong enough to maintain the charge. You should be reading over 13.8 volts while at idle. Post your results once that's all done and we can probably help more.
 

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A bad or low battery does sound like the likely culprit, so get a full charge on that first thing.
Also test it with a voltmeter while the bike is running and make sure the stator/alternator is running strong enough to maintain the charge. You should be reading over 13.8 volts while at idle. Post your results once that's all done and we can probably help more.

Thanks a lot guys! I'll let you know how it goes after the charge. Every where I look online is a warning about not charging the battery indoors. Given my living situation this seems to be the only option. Would you advise against?
 

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Every where I look online is a warning about not charging the battery indoors. Given my living situation this seems to be the only option. Would you advise against?
I think the primary concern with an SLA battery is that it can emit toxic fumes during operation. Put it in a vented area or in the bathroom with the fan running and you should not have an issue.
 

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You guys were right! Charged it and it started right up. Had to leave the choke all the way down for about five minutes before I could put it in first gear without stalling. My next issue to solve is the burning oil smell, light smoke, backfiring when it turns off and weird dripping/clicking sound from the oil filters after it's off. Lol. Any thoughts?
 

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It's possible that you won't be able to "fix" those things completely.
I hope you got the bike REAL cheap.

Also likely that you aren't done messing with the battery yet either.
Did you test the charging voltage as suggested above ??
 

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It's possible that you won't be able to "fix" those things completely.
I hope you got the bike REAL cheap.

Also likely that you aren't done messing with the battery yet either.
Did you test the charging voltage as suggested above ??
Had to wait until today to borrow the volt meter from a friend, will be checking after work. The bike was dirt cheap and I purchased with the intention of taking it apart piece by piece and learning the ins and outs of it, which you guys have been really helpful with.
 

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Well if you wanted a project bike, it sounds like you got exactly that. Suzuki doesn't generally make their manuals available in electronic format and they aren't cheap either, but google around for a service manual, you'll need it. Also check with your library, mine has lots of service manuals available through their web service. You might get lucky.
 

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Well if you wanted a project bike, it sounds like you got exactly that. Suzuki doesn't generally make their manuals available in electronic format and they aren't cheap either, but google around for a service manual, you'll need it. Also check with your library, mine has lots of service manuals available through their web service. You might get lucky.
I found my manual online (downloadable at that) in a couple of places. I'm amazed at how detailed it is.
 
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