Wheeze, Spark, Smoke and Go
So I try to start the bike today and I get a never before heard wheeze sound like my battery is on it's last legs and the bike is struggling to turn over. Granted the battery must be a few years old, but I do keep it on a tender when parked and have never had any battery, or starting troubles. As I let off I see a little spark come out the right side of the bike just below the seat. Then a cloud (puff) of white smoke follows and it smells like something just got fried. Great. So I take off the seat and couldn't see anything obviously wrong so I figure what the hell, let me try it again. Fires right up, everything's fine and off I go for a glorious ride. No other troubles for the rest of the day which included several more planned stops and starts.
Any ideas as to what might have happened? All the electronics seem to be fine and the bike is running as usual. Thanks for the insights.