Sorry this is a little long, just wanted to get it all in.
Today I was on a ride for 45 minutes, I went to a turn around area and as soon as I got the back down to not moving and in neutral the bike died. I started it right back up and it was fine.
I then drove for 5 minutes, parked it and turned it off for 30 minutes. When I got back to start it the bike just made a clicking noise. I tried to jump it, which was unsuccessful a few times.
After a couple hours I went back to it and fuel was leaking from the bike. It leaked on a couple yellow wires and the was an uncapped hose leaking fuel where the battery was. There was also a lot of fuel on the outside of the carb. The bolt on the left of the fuel tank was a little loose and the fuel tank could move a little.
Also, the headlight doesn't turn on, but the all the other lights can come on. Any suggestions?? Thanks for any help
Welcome to the Vulcan madness Pierce.
First thing is don`t try to start the bike if gas is leaking all over the engine.
Give us a little background friend.
Model year and mileage on the bike?
How long have you been riding it? (Is it just new-to-you lately, or do you have some experience?)
How many miles have you ridden it?
An uncapped hose back by the battery sounds like a fuel return line on the emmissions control crap, which I don`t have on my bike. Can you see and describe where it came unplugged from?
How much gas is in the tank?
The Phantom Out Of Gas Syndrome is a possibility.
If the clicking noise is coming from under the right side cover it is probably the starter relay/solenoid.
Your battery voltage is probably low. Check it with a digital voltmeter.
If it is not at least 12.5 vdc, charge the battery with a 1.5 to 2 amp charger.
You can boost the battery with any 12 v car battery as well. Just shut the car engine off prior to jumpering the bike battery.
But fix the fuel leak first.
Do you have a conventional wet cell battery with 6 caps on top that you have to add distilled water to?
If so, change out to a MF-AGM asap. This is a good one:
Installing a set of NGK Iridium DPR7EIX-9 plugs, along with the MF battery, has been known to cure many hard starting problems.
The loose tank mounting bolt should be tightened up, but I don`t think it has anything to do with the problem at hand.
wib is right, the headlight doesn`t come on with the key, only after the engine starts. It does keep burning until the key is turned off though.
Post back with some answers and we will work from there.