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Good day all. I have an H2R. Anyone have any experience with the ESD warning light. Mine started coming on at about the 350 mile mark. Thank you in advance for any feedback or comments.
 

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i didnt realise the steering dampner had a light.. lol. Id say take it to the kawi dealer/servicer and see what they say?
 

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Good day all. I have an H2R. Anyone have any experience with the ESD warning light. Mine started coming on at about the 350 mile mark. Thank you in advance for any feedback or comments.
Try starting it at a dead stop. No movement. If that doesn't work I think it's battery. Kawi uses very small batteries and in previous bike there has been low voltage issues. I think you were rolling when you turned key however as I did it a million times on my 10r and I suspect all Kawi do this with esd
 

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Try starting it at a dead stop. No movement. If that doesn't work I think it's battery. Kawi uses very small batteries and in previous bike there has been low voltage issues. I think you were rolling when you turned key however as I did it a million times on my 10r and I suspect all Kawi do this with esd
Did you replace the battery or does keeping it on a battery tender keep it up to par? It doesn't usually come on until I hit approx 44 MPH.
 

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Try starting it at a dead stop. No movement. If that doesn't work I think it's battery. Kawi uses very small batteries and in previous bike there has been low voltage issues. I think you were rolling when you turned key however as I did it a million times on my 10r and I suspect all Kawi do this with esd
If you're still using the standard lead-acid battery - ditch it. I put lithium ion batteries in all my stuff now and don't even need battery tenders anymore. Plus it will shave almost 10 pounds off the bike. They're expensive but worth every penny.
 

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Did you replace the battery or does keeping it on a battery tender keep it up to par? It doesn't usually come on until I hit approx 44 MPH.
That's actually odd. By then the stator SHOULD be making enough power for lights etc so idk sometimes these bikes have issues at low rpm because they're basically drawing more vintage that the bike is creating but at 44 you should be making enough. So long as you don't instantly shift 2,3,4,5,6 by 44 I don't know what yo say.
 

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Funny you should mention it but the ESD light came on on my bike the other day when I turned the ignition key. There was a moment while I thought "what's that?" before I realised Electronic Steering Damper.

As I knew there was nothing in the menu about it I decided to cycle the ignition. So I turned it off and on again. Problem solved.
 

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Funny you should mention it but the ESD light came on on my bike the other day when I turned the ignition key. There was a moment while I thought "what's that?" before I realised Electronic Steering Damper.

As I knew there was nothing in the menu about it I decided to cycle the ignition. So I turned it off and on again. Problem solved.
same here
 

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I did go to the dealer. They reaffirmed that this problem occurred with the ZX10R, but new nothing about the H2R as they have been provided no information from Kawasaki. They did say that the battery was the fix on the ZX10R. I ordered a new lithium battery and will have it tomorrow. I will install it as soon after its delivery as I can and then test it out.
 

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Had the ESD light come on. Below is what the Owners Manual says:

*1: ESD (Electronic Steering Damper) indicator may blink and the warning indicator may go on when the ignition switch is turned on with the motorcycle moving. If this happens, first turn the ignition switch off, and then back on with the motorcycle
completely stopped. The ESD and warning indicator should then go off. If they do not, have the ESD system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.

That's what IS what I did :eek:and not since:)
 

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Had the ESD light come on. Below is what the Owners Manual says:

*1: ESD (Electronic Steering Damper) indicator may blink and the warning indicator may go on when the ignition switch is turned on with the motorcycle moving. If this happens, first turn the ignition switch off, and then back on with the motorcycle
completely stopped. The ESD and warning indicator should then go off. If they do not, have the ESD system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.

That's what IS what I did :eek:and not since:)
I did that and there was no positive response. LOL
 

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You know...it's like dumping the temp files on yer computer.Turn it off...then back on....clears the old used files.I guess if it doesn't clear by doing that at least once...try again...till it DOES clear????If it stays on while riding...then I might have it checked.Obviously this is something Kawasaki acknowledges about their electrical system components....which is a good thing actually.Rather than keeping us in the dark about 'possibilities'.
 

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Had the ESD light come on. Below is what the Owners Manual says:

*1: ESD (Electronic Steering Damper) indicator may blink and the warning indicator may go on when the ignition switch is turned on with the motorcycle moving. If this happens, first turn the ignition switch off, and then back on with the motorcycle
completely stopped. The ESD and warning indicator should then go off. If they do not, have the ESD system checked by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.

That's what IS what I did :eek:and not since:)
Happened to me then remembered this post. If you turn on the ignition, roll/move the bike slightly prior to starting it, think that's what causes the ESD light to come on...... Turned ignition off & back on, no ESD light.
 

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I've been getting it coming up on the H2 pretty consistently after about 20 minutes of riding. Off/On resolves temporarily, but then back on...
Haven't really been able to pin it down to anything in particular, just time frame wise seems to be approximately 20 minutes steady riding.
 

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I've been getting it coming up on the H2 pretty consistently after about 20 minutes of riding. Off/On resolves temporarily, but then back on...
Haven't really been able to pin it down to anything in particular, just time frame wise seems to be approximately 20 minutes steady riding.
Are you sure it's not already on when you start off? What I mean is - If you turn the ignition on and then roll the bike even slightly before starting it the ESD will come on. Cycling the ignition clears it. Wasn't sure if you read the posts below or not about this.
 

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Mine did it because I was rolling when I turned it on as the manual suggests. I guess if it comes on while riding, then there's a problem.
 

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This may help....SERVICE CODE 3C is displayed....WHITE ESD lamp BLINKS...WARNING YELLOW INDICATOR lamp goes on and the SERVICE CODE 3C is displayed on the LCD.If it's a WHITE solid lamp...and goes out..nothing wrong.It's connected and 'ready' to receive data.

Turtle said.."It doesn't usually come on until I hit approx 44 MPH"...this is not good.It should not be coming on while riding unless something is wrong...the CAN communication line from the ESD to the ECU MAY be loose.

The data sent to the ECU is coming from the collected data from the steering damper.Cycling the key most probably clears any previous data.So the white lamp may come on momentarily...mine lights up at first key on...but immediately goes back out.It should NOT be coming on while the bike is running unless the communication is having a problem...OR,there's something actually wrong with the damper.The 3C code identifies a communication problem...not a faulty ESD.If this is occurring while riding and then 'just goes out'....I'd start at the plug connection and make sure that's solid.Kinda like the ABS lamp.All good...no lamp.Problem?Lamp lights up.

I just cycled my key...the white lamp(ESD) to the left comes on...then goes back out with all the other lamps.Again..the flashing of the White one with the solid yellow one should show Code 3C on the display if the connection is not steady.

I would guess that a yellow warning lamp without the white one(if it even does that) or code would mean something is wrong with the damper itself...and not the 3C code.


They say...remove the ESD unit and ECU unit and reconnect the plugs.I'd try cycling the key first!They do not say...have the dealer check it out.That leads me to think the connectors have a possibility of working loose 'just enough' to activate the warnings.Have you removed any connectors recently?


I think I remember mine coming on briefly...enough to catch my eye anyway...but it didn't stay on...maybe one time it lit up only.Perhaps a pin is loose or the connectors in there aren't quite snapped together.
 

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I had this when out for a blast yesterday morning. Turned off and back on and sorted. But Like others have said if it comes on again it's going to the dealer for a check
 
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