Losing electrical power


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wheeljam
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Losing electrical power

Postby wheeljam » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:04 pm



I have an 85 Interstate. While riding down the interstate here in NY I had the electrical system just shut down, Like I turned off the key. By the time I coasted to the shoulder the power was back on and on I went. It did it to me a few times today. I just put a new battery in. It has really hot and humid here the last few days. Any ideas, or then the ignition switch??



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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby trike lady » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:32 pm

You may want to clean the contacts in the base of the switch.
Have you replaced the dog bone fuse with an automobile blade switch with holder?
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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby wheeljam » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:46 pm

Honestly I have not and I don't know if PO did or not. Does that cause a problem similar to what I was experiencing??

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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby trike lady » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:22 pm

The dog bone fuse would have a small crack in it and it will open up when hot and lose power, cool off and regain power.
A dirty contact base would make and break contact.
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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby rjlv25 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:11 pm

Also check the connection for the fuse block underneath your compartment in front of the fuel filler. Sounds like a loose connection somewhere.

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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby wheeljam » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:58 pm

Is this the dog bone fuse your talking about??

This is what the back side looks like. The plug was melted a little bit too. I couldn't get that wire out of the connector


Thanks for the help.

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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby oldishwinger » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:39 pm

it seems your dog bone fuse has been replaced with a blade fuse holder, which is something most of us do at some stage as its common for the wiring around the area to burn and cause cut outs.

It looks to be pretty suspect, so replacing the fuse holder and 30 amp fuse would be a start. also check the wiring around the starter solenoid, this sits above the blade fuse,as this is also prone to burnt wiring also.

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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby trike lady » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:56 pm

This is a pic of the dog bone fuse and holder.
The part you are holding needs to be replaced.
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Re: Losing electrical power

Postby wheeljam » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:01 pm

That part wasn't there, but it does look like I got part of it in the fairing pouch. lol. I was wondering were that went.




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