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Hi there,

We have a 2008 RS SM5 (think that's the model) that we replaced the battery in last year. We drove it a few times and then it sat for the winter. We went to start it and it would not turn over. We placed it on a charger over night and it still won't start. It's now giving a ABS and VSS Fault code. Previously, it gave us another code too.

It does have a brake light out (that was out prior to the battery being replaced). We filled the break fluid and checked the fuses. We are charging the battery for another day in hopes that this will help. All of the posts I have read were about people that were driving when this happened or replaced a brake light, or replaced a tire. We didn't do any of these things.

Hoping someone has some helpful information for us. The bike is for sale, but we can't sale it if its not running and I don't want to put money into it when it's for sale.

Thank you
 

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Fix the brake light and get the battery tested.
The battery might have failed while sitting for that long unused.
Also it must "see" that the brake is engaged to start........so if the brake light SWITCH is bad, it will prevent starting.
 

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It was the battery. Turns out ours was 2.5 yrs old (not 1.5 like I thought). We went ahead and changed the brake light too, but the warnings went away once we changed the battery. We also had to put fresh premium gas it in. Was having some issues starting and running till we did that. Hope this thread helps someone else in the future.

Fyi: to get to the battery on ours, you have to access it from the "drivers side" by removing the backing plastic on the back underside of the bike (as well as the plastic on the drivers side too). We were not able to find videos or information on this anywhere and it took us trying to remove the seat and tearing apart half the bike to figure it out last time.
 

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We also had to put fresh premium gas it in. Was having some issues starting and running till we did that. Hope this thread helps someone else in the future.
And to finish up that thought:
NOW would be a good time to get in the habit of putting the recommended dose of Techron into the gas every 6 months or so......to help clean out any residual "gunk".
And NO, just premium gas is not good enough for cleaning.
And NO, SeaFoam isn't good enough either.
 
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