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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Double-check before I turn the key?

Almost have the '01 back together after replacing the stator, learning how to solder, and trying to remember what goes where (didn't use the digital camera as much as I probably should have...too late now). I should be able to turn the key tonight to see if all's well, BUT in some of the posts on electrical issues, I've read dire warnings about, "if you switch terminal A and B, your bike will blow up when you turn the ignition." Well, okay, it's not that bad - but I know there are some things that are liable to destroy the wiring harness and attached parts.

Soooo, before I do anything wildly stupid this evening, is there anything mission critical that I definitely need to triple-check? A ground wire connection? A crossed wire somewhere? I've double-checked all of the wires, double-checked any bolts that I removed, etc., but....

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You haven't tore into this bike as much as you have on Orleans, right?
I believe most all the connections are pretty much one plug fits just one other, and the three stator wires don't have any order inwhich they go to the r&r.
Anything too critical should be protected by the fuses (I would think).

Our bikes aren't like a car, in that there aren't any computer components or such to fry.

I don't wanna just say turn the key and fire it up, but with no kind of diagnostic system to check things out before hand, that may be the only choice.
You've checked you work, wires, bolts..... Give it a go (but maybe wait for other suggestions first)

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Well, to pull the engine I pretty much yanked everything off the bike. Pulled the wiring harness from the headlamp area to try to free the airbox, but then decided I'd have better luck pulling the wires off the battery box and points south. Haven't disassembled the gauge assembly or anything like that, so in some respects, yeah, Orleans has had more of a fine-tooth comb on her.

Piro's bike caught on fire, though, didn't it? But was that from a wiring harness issue, or a piece of air filter foam igniting? I guess I'll turn the key with a fire extinguisher in one hand, and 911 on speed dial in the other!

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Seems like I remember a video not long ago of two guys working on a bike in a garage and the bike caught on fire, then the garage...

Maybe take it out on the driveway to fire it up the first time...

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With the ignition switch off, you shouldn't get any type of a spark when you connect the battery. If you do start looking again.
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Seems like I remember a video not long ago of two guys working on a bike in a garage and the bike caught on fire, then the garage...

Maybe take it out on the driveway to fire it up the first time...

or maybe on a float in the middle of the pool or a lake lol
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Ha ha - I was worried about fire, so I took it out into the driveway while my partner held the fire extinguisher and occasionally yelled, "Smoke!" Bike was really stubborn on start-up, but finally kicked in. Need to sync the carbs now, but aside from a few crossed wires (turn signals are backwards), it sounded like a VN 750! (And I think the smoke was mostly lithium grease burning off...I'll check the garage before I go to bed, however...).

Sad day otherwise. Came home and found that our dear neighbor across the street - a gentleman in his 70s who's been a good neighbor since the day we moved in 8 years ago - died suddenly of a stroke (about half hour before we got home). I'm naming my bike after him, (Richard) McKnight. Tough watching another good soul leave this world.

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Congrsts and I'm sorry.
That is good to rember him with naming your bike after him.

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Glad to hear you got it running. Sorry for the loss of your neighbor. It'll most likely be fond memories when your driving McKnight down the road!
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Good to hear ya got the bike running!!
Not so good to here about your neighbor though
It's nice you're naming the bike after him. That's really thoughtful of you.

Good luck with all the tweaking/syncing and adjusting of all the little things now.


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