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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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My bike is giving me the finger

Some of you a familiar with most of the stuff I've fixed from my PO on this bike, starting with the nasty carb issue that left huge amounts of gas on, under, and in the engine of my bike.

Middle of last week, I go to leave for work, and find a flat tire. Fixed it.

Sunday morning I go for a ride, come home and park it, come out a few hours later to a big puddle of gas under it again. My first reaction was to throw several cuss words at it, then shut the fuel off, and just walk away for a while. I spent that "while" talking myself into fixing it again rather than selling it, and when I returned to it, I found it leaking from the fuel line to the carb, from a loose clamp. Easy fix, and me and the bike are both happy again.

Yesterday, bike is parked outside, under a tree, and we get a 10 minute thunderstorm, which didn't soak the bike, but did get it wet. Wet enough that for some reason, the battery died. Tried to start it to move it, and just not enough juice in there to do the job, and from a bit of rain??

I don't know what her problem is; it's not like I've been looking at or riding other bikes. I apologized anyway, but it didn't seem to help.

I thought she'd be eternally grateful since I rescued her from that butcher of an owner last April, though it looks as if the honeymoon is over.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 10:16 AM
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Sorry to hear you've got a new issues.

Sounds like a wire is getting wet somewhere. Honestly feel for you on this one. I think I'd rather tear down a motor than try to trace a wiring problem.

Hopefully, it's something simple.
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I hate electrical problems. But sounds like a connection or bared wire loose enough that causes an "open" condition with a little moisture.
Clean and pack your connections with dielectric grease and just lovingly trace your wires to look for any breaks in the insulation

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Could it also be a problem with moisture getting into the fuel lines somewhere? That could make it hard or impossible to start, too. Then your battery could die trying to start up. Who knows?

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Thanks for the replies. She is being worked on as we speak, (type). Just came in to sit in the AC for a bit, and check in here. For some reason, if I can't be on it riding, or even working on it, I feel a need to hang out here. LOL.
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I hear ya on the A/C. Hasn't made it to 100 here today, yet anyway.

Parked in the driveway last night and didn't put the cover on it. Wife asked why, and I told her the pipes need to cool down first. So she asked when that would be. About October.
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For some reason, if I can't be on it riding, or even working on it, I feel a need to hang out here. LOL.
Same here, but then I can only get online at work so ......

Maybe you need to let the air out of the car tire in front of her to let her know how much she means to you? Treat her to a fine wax? Or maybe just a swift kick in the rear tire and tell her to ride straight because you can always trade her in on a [insert vehicle name here]!!

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I've found I have to insult my vehicles to keep em running...

Old suzuki - talked about how great and fun she was in front of her... then she became a piece of ****.

Old mazda protege - called her a piece of **** constantly and she never left me stranded... great car till she got wrecked...

The vulcan... I only talk good about her out of earshot. Throw an insult at her now and then if she's a bitch or just for the hell of it. Figure that way she'll never die ;-) (gotta prove me wrong right?)

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We're still going to take that ride.
I've had to turn wrenches on mine and it's a 94.

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Sorry to hear you've got a new issues.

Sounds like a wire is getting wet somewhere. Honestly feel for you on this one. I think I'd rather tear down a motor than try to trace a wiring problem.

Hopefully, it's something simple.
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I hate electrical problems. But sounds like a connection or bared wire loose enough that causes an "open" condition with a little moisture.
Clean and pack your connections with dielectric grease and just lovingly trace your wires to look for any breaks in the insulation
aw u guys act like the electrical system on a motorcycle is hard to work on. the electrical system on bikes r very simple, u just have to break it into sections (starting, charging, and acc.)

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