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Luckily a fellow rider helped me put the bike in his truck and helped me bring it home.

2003 Ducati 999 with 1900 miles on it.
Been sitting for about 3 or 4 months.

Fired it up and it kept dying at idle.

Figured might not be that bad of an idea to take it for a ride.

That was dumb.

Rode it for 20 miles. Let it sit.

On my way home after like 5 miles.

Check engine light came on.
2 miles after that the bike died.

Oil light and check engine light on at this time.
Bike does have gas.
Bike fuel pump does activate.
Bike does have ample voltage.

Nothing happens when you press start button.

I have plugs on the way. Simple to install.

Doing an oil change while I am at it.

Any ideas what it can be?
Hopefully just the plugs?

Please help me out.
 
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change the plugs...other than that you may have a short somewhere...thats all it could really be
 

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M3joky8 said:
........Nothing happens when you press start button.

I have plugs on the way. Simple to install.

Doing an oil change while I am at it.

Any ideas what it can be?
Hopefully just the plugs?

Please help me out.
If nothing happens when you press the start button you got more then plugs being the problem!!! It sounds electrical, did you check the fuses?
You could be up against a couple of problems like bad fuel and a bad battery, that would cause it to die at idle and the battery cause all sorts of electrical voodoo!
When you say you have ample voltage, what is it? 12volts on a 12 volt battery is dead battery(go figure)!
 

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Could be bad gas. Did you refuel at a major or at an independent? I had that happen once with my Shadow and had to have the carbs taken apart and cleaned.
 

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If nothing happens when you press the start button you got more then plugs being the problem!!! It sounds electrical
Ding ding - winner. Simple process of elimination says the problem is definitely electrical. My money is on battery, but it could be something else or even battery problems caused by something else. Step 1 should be to put it on a battery trickle charger (borrow one if necessary). With a charger, you should be able to tell if the battery is fully charged and if it will hold a charge. Might still have a problem with cranking power, but at least you'll be on the right track. Other option is to swap in a known good battery and give it a go. Also check battery cables and terminals very closely. My buddy's M750 had a similar problem. Terminals looked fine with no visible corrosion until removed. However a strange film had formed between the terminal post and the cable connection that was slightly visible once the cables were disconnected. A few passes with a wire brush and bike and battery were fine.
 

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Whew Heewwww....whad I win!!!!!!!!!
 

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Mine died on me once. When I tried to restart the it would go through the gague check but the oil and neutral lights would not be on. I took it to the dealer and they replace the wiring harness then the dash and ecu before solving the problem, all of this took 6 1/2 weeks during prime riding season. Good Luck
 

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I charged the battery and changed the plugs.

Old plugs looked like hell.

Still nothing oil light and check engine light are still on.

Really think its the battery?
 

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Have to agree, ditch or fully charge the battery. Not familiar with the 999 yet but the SS's (please don't scream wrong forum I was "searching") could develop the same symptoms with the side stand switch and/or relay. Lights etc on the dash, nothing on the starter button. Very frustrating coz it seems intermittant.

try a jump start with anti spike leads.. IMO the battery shouldn't be U/S just yet, be worht a days trickle charge or take it to a garage and get it hyper charged..
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I think it needs like 14.3+ to start up. I'm willing to bet its the battery, cuz I had a similar situation. Try using a battery tender and see if it takes care of your problem.
 

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my battery is always at 11.9 when i start my bike up. but the charger that i have is a piece of shit
 

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M3joky8 said:
I charged the battery and changed the plugs.

Old plugs looked like hell.

Still nothing oil light and check engine light are still on.

Really think its the battery?
The check engine and and oil light will come on as a self check, to make sure the bulbs aren't blown. The oil light won't go out till there is oil pressure. I believe the check engine goes out after a few seconds, or unless a code is tripped. I would start with changeing the battery because 11.9 -12 volts is a "dead" battery! try a trickle charge or change the battery out all together(note: new batteries sometimes need charging from the box). Purchase a "battery tender" or equivalent, its well worth the money!!!!(I switch one tender between two bikes). Let us know what happens, it may end up needing a trip to the dealer!
 

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Can I jump start it with another bike?

Or my car?

I hate the local dealership.

Hate them with a passion.

Rather tickle with it myself.

All I wanted to do was get it running and sell it.
 

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Agree with the others, my fuel pump would still come on at 11.9 but the bike wouldn't start. It was simply the battery. & don't forget the code delay. After you turn the key to the on position, you only have 15 seconds to get it started. Otherwise, you have to turn the key to the off position and back on again.
 

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Does you check engine light and oil light stay on til your bike is started?

But why would the bike just die if it was already started , if its just the battery?
 
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