Stalled after fuel guage drop


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Rosy
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Stalled after fuel guage drop

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Scenario: cpl of months since riding. Full tank. Jumped started fine, though accidentally turned throttle while choke on heard a big pop (smoke under bike, too). Sounded OK after that went 30 miles on freeway. Started right up after errand. On return trip the fuel guage was quickly descending to about half tank. At stop light, gas station across intersection, and bike went kaput. Battery less than yr old, thought alternator would recharge after 60 miles. Had it towed home as mechanic not available. Decided to replace Yuasa w Lithium, changing alternator (keeping standard), and new petcock doing all the work myself. Need to put it all back together and will report back. My mechanic just bled the brakes two weeks prior, he always gave a bill of good health to bike, however, this time said best to upgrade (unable to at this time). Only explanation he provided was that parts are hard to come by (ie shocks). Any suggestions, thoughts, wise counsel? Damsel in distress.


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Re: Stalled after fuel guage drop

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Beware cheap alternators.
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and cheap alternators are which ones? 40 Amp (vs 90 amp) or by maker?
new DB Electrical 400-44065 Alternator is arriving today as replacement of original Hitachi. Good or Bad ?
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All better. Easy installs for alternator, petcock fuel regulator, lithium battery. Why pay for diagnostics (after paying $170 to tow one mile home....yeeesh.....) ? Using original condenser as wiring would be more effort than it's worth at this time (not a radio user). After more miles (several hrs single ride) will evaluate whether 40 amp OK with Li++ (no extra acc)....so far appears satisfactory....starts up blazingly fast.

Hung-up overalls and slipped into my Princess riding outfit (bright rose yellow, not pink).
Bike runs beautifully once again (actually improved). Sweet sound after all the work.
Happy Riding Lady....\o/
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Re: Stalled after fuel guage drop

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Good that bike is running well again.... :)

Lithium batteries don't like cold, lose most of their available cranking amperage until they warm up just a little.. If you try to start in cold weather, you'll have better luck by turning the key to "on", let the headlights and taillights use some juice for a minute or two before hitting the start button. This will start to warm the battery internally and it will be better able to provide good current to the starter motor.

I hesitate on the thought of Lithium batteries in my bike after seeing nicotine Vape pens burning out in someone's pocket, lithium-powered toys, laptops and phones, and most recently lithium-powered cars catching fire after floods in Florida because the battery was unhappy. They shoot out extremely hot jets of flame and are very hard to extinguish.....

Just Sayin.... :shock:


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