Sunday, 19 April 2015

Aprilia RS 125 No spark - Not sparking troubleshooting

Going to do a post on not sparking , as just come across this again on a bike and id forgot everything so had to go through all the tests again .

Id just like to say i am not really that good with electrics but i know something test first , do not buy parts and read and learn as much as you can  .

see also posts on

Aprilia RS 125 electronic ignition system

aprilia RS 125 will not start and common problems RS125
Aprilia RS 125 No spark -  Not sparking troubleshooting

First off check all easy stuff .

So -

Fuses , Check all of them , make sure they are seated corrected actually pull them out clean contacts and refit
spray contact cleaner in the terminals

Battery , make sure its fully charged remove from bike and recharge dont just guess ,
and whilst doing this clean up the battery terminals and the negative and positive wiring terminals .

If you have a voltage meter you can do some basic tests.
When the engine has been off for at least 1-2 hours with ignition key turned off,
100% Charged 12.60 to 12.8v
75% Charged 12.4v
50% Charged 12.1v
25% Charged 11.9v
0% Charged less than 11.8v
see our battery removal post here and how to test and check battery over here .

Connections and Connector blocks , go though all the connector blocks take them apart spray contact cleaner inside then then put them back together repeat this a few times on each connector as it will clean the contacting surfaces .  If there are any home made repairs or connections redo them , its sound like a lot of work but ive lost count of how many non running bikes ive bought and its been a faulty wiring connector .

Side Stand and Kill switch , fully confirm that these are working properly with a multimeter do not assume they are ok , do not buy any parts until you have tested these , ill do these tests on a post one day but they are simple , see the video below and the recommended book as well .

Generator test , tbh im sure the bike would run with a faulty generator but probably not for long
so i test this now , its an easy test and at the very least confirms it working or not , see our post on this here .

Pick up coil , may as well test this now as this is very important part of the ignition circuit , see our post on this here  .

HT coil , Next i would test the ht coil , first id test the primary side for 12v whilst turning the bike over , if you have got 12v here then test the coil if you have not got 12v to primary side of coil , then
its likely to be ECU ( if its not wiring fault ) , if you have 12v to here great you just elliminated all the expensive stuff , test the HT coils primary and secondary sides read this post here  .

CDI , if all else has failed try a known good CDI , but prior to fitting make sure all is funcition
properly on the bike it might of burned the old CDI out for a reason , ill do a CDI test post one day
if i can figure it out  .

Rectifier regulator , You should have found the problem buy now ive never got this far , now
the rectifier only changes the output of generator to DC to recharge battery and run lighting system so this will have nothing to do with the ignition system , but some have told me they changed this and
they got a spark and seeing as all else has failed !! see how to test rectifier here  .

Oh someone pointed out i never mentioned the ignition switch , which is true , ive never come across this but it would be worth to check continuity on the ignition switch and wiring to and from.

Here is an Excellent video on NO spark fault finding watch it all !!

Here is and excellent book on Amazon UK about motorcycle electrics buy it read it and learn !!

Aprilia RS 125 No spark -  Not sparking troubleshooting

see more Aprilia RS 125 posts here 

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