It was right after my 6th service, when I started noticing this problem. The bike has been performing tremendously well, till then. It is still one of the best bikes to ride in the city giving a good mileage. It’s very decent in touring. I have personally done 400+ Km rides one way, without any difficulty.
And all of a sudden, this happens. Completely out of the blue. I was left wondering, what actually happened. The kick starter, the headlamps, the indicators, the front display, everything was working fine, except for the self starter. I started searching online to find an answer to my queries. Most of them suggesting either a self-start motor problem or that the battery needs to be replaced. I took it to the service center immediately. They suggested that, I should change the battery, to which I was a bit skeptical about. I did not change it that very day. I observed that the self starter works fine once the engine gets warm, after the vehicle moves a bit and the battery gets charged a bit. After this, I even went for a 1000KM ride using only the kickstarter without any difficulties.
A month passed with me using only the kick-starter. Since the issue was still persisting and since it was bothering me very much, I took it to the service center again. This time, I asked them to charge the battery instead of replacing it. I did not want to replace it, since it has only been less than two years since I bought the bike. They charged it for the entire day. The self starter worked for a couple of days, after which, it again started causing issues. Now this, left me with no other choice than to change the battery.
Recently, I’ve been observing that, this issue has started occurring for more and more riders and it is a common problem in the Gixxer 155 model. Some have even put it up in their youtube channel. See the link below posted by one youtuber.
If you are also facing/have faced this issue, let me know in the comments below, how you are planning to tackle/ have tackled this problem. Meanwhile, I will be doing an another round to the service center and get the batteries changed. I will keep you guys posted on the same.
Happy & Safe riding!