Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing


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radfordgoldwingresto
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Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing

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If you've read some of my past posts, you'll know I bobbed an 83 Interstate. It's been great. One of the things I "left off" was the battery cover. I like the industrial look. I also had a bit of a "chopper ignition" switch. Sunday I forgot to cover her up after a ride and a BAD thunderstorm ripped through...soaking everything with some driving rain. Now...Nothing. The battery has juice but when I turn on the ignition, there is nothing. Would a short in the relay cause everything to short out? Where else should I look to figure out why nothing is getting power?


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Re: Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing

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Did you check the main fuse?
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radfordgoldwingresto
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Re: Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing

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I replaced the main fuse even thought the old one appeared unaffected. It's also worth noting that there were no lights at all.
LAB3
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Re: Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing

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If the main fuse is good it seems to make sense you'd want to start tracing your way further down from there, the key switch would be the most logical place to start.
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Re: Bad Thunderstorm killed my 'wing

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Once again, Goldwing Docs came to the rescue. There was water in the ignition switch. I'll wrap that better and definitely cover the bike for rain storms. THANKS GUYS!


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