Join Date: May 2009
Location: Florida Panhandle
Ok i searched the threads but did not find an answer to this question.
Last Saturday, i was on a poker run. at the first stop, i went to crank the bike back up and nothing. I thought is was dead. Tried it a few more times and noticed smoke coming from under the seat. that is never a good thing. I took off the seat and noticed the wires connected to the fuel sensor were completely melted. (the fuel guage has never worked anyway) So, i unplugged the fuel gauge wires under the seat, and the bike was dead. I figured I killed the battery. It push started just fine and i finished the run by getting pushed off at every stop. When I hot home, i took the battery off anf put in on the charger. Reinstalled and nothing. Checked the solenoid and got good readings and clicking from it. Figured it must be the starter.
I pulled off the starter and tested it. It seemed fine so i figure the battery must be bad. Since it was a wet cell i decided to replace it with a MF battery. My big crank battery came today. I installed it right away and nothing. I figure, it must be a connection somewhere. I ran a jumper to the positive studs on the starter and connected it to the battery,nothing! then I ran a jumper from the negative side to the starter connection with the frame. The starer turned and the engine tried to fire.
So, my conclusion is a bad ground somewhere. Anyone have any advise on where to start before I trace every wire down. I noticed that the negative sideisnot simply grounded to the frame like a car would be. It is connected to a yellow striped wire and disappears into the harness and under the tank.
Any help would be awesome! trying to go on a charity ride this weekend.