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Old 04-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have been having some electrical problems with my bike, and havnt been able to get it all sorted out. I was going to see if any of you have any ideas as to what might be causing this before I drop it off at a shop. Well a few months ago I lowsided and ended up sliding in the grass. The frame slider too all the side damage but the front fairing had to be replaced cause it got cracked up pretty bad. Well after that happened we got the bike up and checked everything out and the bike wouldnt start. It was like the battery just died. Well we ended up push starting the bike and it ran fine on the drive home. I charged the battery, and the next morning the bike started and ran fine. Then after a few starts the battery would go dead again. I picked up a new battery thinking that the old one got damaged some how when I went down. After installing the fresh battery I had the same problem. The bike would start but after a couple of days the battery would need to be charged again. Now during this whole time the bike would push start and run fine if I needed to. I thought the problem might be the R/R but I had a volt meter on the battery and when you rev it up it charges the battery so Im assuming its working properly but am not positive. So anyways Ive been keeping the battery on my trickle charger to keep the battery up if I wanted to go ride. I havnt really been riding the bike much cause I need to get the problem fixed but the other day I decided to ride to work. The bike started up and ran fine all the way there, and then when I got off the battery was dead and it had to be push started. About 10 miles into my trip home the bike dies while Im going down the road at about 45 mph. I pulled over to check it out, and the battery was swollen up. I had my friend come pick me up in his truck and we got the bike home, and I took all the fairings off and have been looking for any shorted out wires along the harness but cant seem to find any. On saturday I took a friends battery from his bike to try to start mine and try to diagnose the problem again, but now everytime I turn on the ignition switch its blowing the fuse for the fuel pump? Anyone have any ideas what could be causing the fuse to blow out or whats eating up the battery?
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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I just got done going over the wiring again, and as far as I can see there are not any pinched wires or any that are rubbing bare metal.I took the front fairing completely off and looked at all the wiring there and didnt see anything that looked like it would be causing a short. Im probably going to end up having to take it to a shop, hopefully its not to expensive of a fix.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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You said the battery had become swollen at some point? Almost sounds like its being overcharged.

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Old 04-16-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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U should hit up Motorcycles Unlimited off 1960 I been hearing nothing but good about them guys just hope its an easy fix electrical problems are pain in the
Ya, Ive done business with Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited in the past and they have always been awesome. Ill probably either take it there or to a small shop thats a little closer to me that Ive also done business with several times.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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On the left side of the bike close to the upper is a gray plug.
Take it apart and see if any of the terminals are melted.
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Are you talking about the two grey ones underneath the upper that go to each of the grips on the handle bars? If so those are both good. No melted or burnt up connections.
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Well i went I ahead and ordered a new rectifier cause thats what a lot of my friends have been telling me is causing the problem with the battery. Im still having a problem with blowing the fuse for the fuel injection? Anyone have any ideas what would cause this? Obviously a short right? But I cant seem to find any wires that are grounded out anywhere. Could it be something else causing it to blow the fuse?
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