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Hello. I ride an LX125 from 2009 in UK. Today was the first cold morning about 2C. It was perfect last night but today it didn't start. The electric starter is completely dead. I couldn't kick start it either but I was never really good at it. It feels like I'm too small to reach the brake and kick it properly at the same time. Any ideas on what is wrong? Are there any ways to keep it warm when it is stored outside? I went around all other conversations but most threads look like the electric starter works. Thank you!
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How old is your battery, and have you checked the voltage output with a multimeter. It is a bit of a coincidence that the first really cold morning and your scooter doesn't start. You may just require a new battery.
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It's that time of year when every battery that's on its last legs finally gives up. If it's more than three years old it owes you nothing anyway - though many last seven years or more!

However, if you can't even hear the 'click' of the starter relay, then double check the brake lights come on and the starter button actually works. The cold can lead to condensation in and around the electrical bits, which doesn't help.

If you don't have a multimeter, just get hold of one, just GBP7 from Amazon, and less than 10 quid from Screwfix or Toolstation. Then you can diagnose exactly what's going on.
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Hello. I ride an LX125 from 2009 in UK. Today was the first cold morning about 2C. It was perfect last night but today it didn't start. The electric starter is completely dead. I couldn't kick start it either but I was never really good at it. It feels like I'm too small to reach the brake and kick it properly at the same time. Any ideas on what is wrong? Are there any ways to keep it warm when it is stored outside? I went around all other conversations but most threads look like the electric starter works. Thank you!
If all you are hearing is a click sound or not even that, your battery is dead. The cold only helped make the problem showing up. Your battery was probably already not that good, (based on age and condition). I wouldn't even bother testing it or trying to charge it, if it has no juice left whatsoever... Changes are, one of the plates has reversed polarity by now...
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Thank you for the quick reply.
All lights work when I turn the key. The starter button looks completely dead. It sounds like it's about to do sth but it doesn't ignite at all. I just hear a short electric sound that disappears after I push the button a couple of times. I think the battery is from last year but am not sure as it is second hand.
Thank you so much for your time
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Burt37 thank you. I have the same feeling. Any idea what is the best battery for this model?
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Burt37 thank you. I have the same feeling. Any idea what is the best battery for this model?
According to internet is a 9Ah YB9-B model. As far as the best battery, not sure if they make it, but if money is not an issue, I would look at the Odyssey brand. They easily last more than 10 years and they are the norm for army vehicles...

Their secret? 100% pure Lead. You can tell a good quality battery from the weight (this obviously doesn't apply to the new lithium battery)...

Don't expect miracles from a 70-100 dollars battery. With batteries, you always get what you paid for..
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According to internet is a 9Ah YB9-B model. As far as the best battery, not sure if they make it, but if money is not an issue, I would look at the Odyssey brand. They easily last more than 10 years and they are the norm for army vehicles...

Their secret? 100% pure Lead. You can tell a good quality battery from the weight (this obviously doesn't apply to the new lithium battery)...

Don't expect miracles from a 70-100 dollars battery. With batteries, you always get what you paid for..
Hey! One last question! The battery fitted atm is a YTX12-BS, 12V 10Ah. I guess I should go for the same? Not sure if I can find an odyssey as fast as I need it.. It looks like the shop has the yuasa ones. Around £39. Is it not worth it maybe?
Thank you so so much for your time
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Hey! One last question! The battery fitted atm is a YTX12-BS, 12V 10Ah. I guess I should go for the same? Not sure if I can find an odyssey as fast as I need it.. It looks like the shop has the yuasa ones. Around £39. Is it not worth it maybe?
Thank you so so much for your time
Yes. If it fit the larger one go for the YTX12... Yuasa for £39, is worth it exactly that amount..

If you are always around place where batteries are available, then you don't really need to buy an expensive battery, the cheap one will do the trick, just not for that long...
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Hey! One last question! The battery fitted atm is a YTX12-BS, 12V 10Ah. I guess I should go for the same? Not sure if I can find an odyssey as fast as I need it.. It looks like the shop has the yuasa ones. Around £39. Is it not worth it maybe?
Thank you so so much for your time
That's the one - it'll be fine. The battery will last for years *if* it's kept fully charged. If the bike does just a few short trips each day then that might not be enough to keep it in tip-top condition. So take the scenic route occasionally.
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It's fixed guys!! Thank you so so much!! You saved me from time and money spent in a garage. Have a good day!
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It's fixed guys!! Thank you so so much!! You saved me from time and money spent in a garage. Have a good day!
And how did you fix it?
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And how did you fix it?
I presume he replaced the dead battery...
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I presume he replaced the dead battery...
Hi, Isidora, can you confirm?
Always has value to know how people solved a problem.
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