Electrical Problem


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Electrical Problem

Postby jwking » Tue May 25, 2010 9:10 am



I was riding last weekend and all of a sudden lost all power. I replaced battery and rode about 7 miles and again lost all power. Jump the battery and it starts right up. Seems like something is not charging the battery.



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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 25, 2010 9:44 am

Is the battery actually dead when the bike loses power? If you put a meter on the battery when the bike is dead, what voltage is it showing?

If you try to start it, do you get anything at all - a click, anything - or is it completely dead?

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby jwking » Tue May 25, 2010 11:11 am

I haven't tested it with a meter because, it happens away from home. But, I will during next test ride. Once I lose power, I turn it off and try to restart, I get no click or anything. But, if I wait twenty-thirty minutes or even over night, it will turn over and sometimes start. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby fs259 » Tue May 25, 2010 4:36 pm

Sounds like a faulty alternator; I've got the same problem at this moment, and once before.
If you wait twenty to thirty minutes, the battery kind of recharges itself. that's why you can start it up after waiting.
Hook up a multi meter to your battery. When the bike is not running it should read about 12+ volts. When starting the bike the meter should read about 14+ volts. If not the alternator is not working.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby thrasherg » Tue May 25, 2010 5:56 pm

Sorry guys, this does NOT sound like a fault alternator, it still sounds like a bad battery (even though you said you replaced the battery) or a wiring problem.
Did you replace the battery with a new one?
If the alternator was faulty the bike would normally run for a good 15 to 30 minutes which would mean more than 7 miles unless you ride very slowly and the engine would then stop due to a flat battery. If you then jump start it, it would again stop immediately after you remove the jump leads because the battery would still be flat, but it sounds like it continues to run after you jump start it, so it sounds like the alternator is working or atleast the battery is not flat. I would suspect a wiring issue (probably the main fuse) as a bad connection there would cause everything to stop and maybe after a bit of waiting things cool down and remake connection.. I would have a look at the battery connections and the fuse connections.

I did not understand if after the bike stops, do you have any lights working on the bike or is everything dead? If everything is dead it would indicate a bad battery (which you just changed) or a wiring problem on the main 12 volt supply.

Assuming the bike works after you jump start it, it does not sound like an alternator problem.
I think you have a faulty battery or a wiring problem.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby Oldsmores » Tue May 25, 2010 7:34 pm

I agree with thrasherg - I'd take a close look at the main fuse. If you've still got a dogbone in it it may have a crack that's opening when it heats up.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby jwking » Tue May 25, 2010 9:07 pm

Thanks to all for the input. Yes, the replaced battery is new. I talked to someone at a bike shop today and he seems to agree with Thrashergs & Oldsmores that it sounds like the main fuse. I'll work that tomorrow. Again thanks to everyone. I love this site!!

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby raycw » Tue May 25, 2010 9:07 pm

Isn't fun trying to diagnose an electrical problem via the internet???? ;)
There's so much opportunity for :oops:
So far I think everyone is right.... at least so far.
The simple thing to do is take the multimeter with you! You're going to need to provide more information before anyone gets a chance to :D

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Re: Electrical Problem

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 26, 2010 1:47 pm

Oldsmores wrote:I agree with thrasherg - I'd take a close look at the main fuse. If you've still got a dogbone in it it may have a crack that's opening when it heats up.


That's where I was leading with my questions as well.




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