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post #51 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 01:11 AM
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After all that it wouldnt surprise me if you have some new ongoing issues here & there but now you know to look for old loose or corroded connections.

And BTW, a relay always "resets" itself, unless its fried. Its a switch, normally held in one open or closed position by spring pressure, with an electromagnet operated by a low amperage control circuit which opens or closes (usually but not always) a higher amperage set of contacts for a secondary circuit, basically just like a set of old style ignition points. Thus the term "relay". Sometimes the higher amperage side will arc & spark and weld itself closed so its no longer under control of the electromagnet.

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After all that it wouldnt surprise me if you have some new ongoing issues here & there but now you know to look for old loose or corroded connections.

And BTW, a relay always "resets" itself, unless its fried. Its a switch, normally held in one open or closed position by spring pressure, with an electromagnet operated by a low amperage control circuit which opens or closes (usually but not always) a higher amperage set of contacts for a secondary circuit, basically just like a set of old style ignition points. Thus the term "relay". Sometimes the higher amperage side will arc & spark and weld itself closed so its no longer under control of the electromagnet.

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Thanks. What do you mean new and ongoing issues? I buttoned everything up and all functioned as it was supposed to again.
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OK GUYS PROBLEM SOLVED



Listen up. After 2 hours of sanding and attempting to refinish the oxidized aluminum surfaces (came out okay, by the way, still not perfect though) I went to kick the bike over to drive over to the car wash and sure enough experienced the same sequence of issues. Lights, hit starter, click, no lights. I started tearing down the bike in search of fuses. I suppose this bike doesn't have a fuse block like I'm used to seeing???? But I did notice a critical error. The positive cable was loose on the battery. I grabbed the cable and pushed it against the terminal with my fingers and hit the key. Sure enough, full strength of the battery to the starter. I went to work with blue threadlocker and wrenches to jam that shit back together. The negative seemed tight still, so I didn't bother breaking that loose to apply blue threadlocker. By the way, be careful to not let your wrenches touch the frame of the bike when you are wrenching on the positive battery cable. You will see fireworks.



After 15 minutes of reassembly I headed over to the car wash to treat the bike to a liberating rinse. The bike spent 4 years collecting dust and cobwebs, and oil crud on the frame. Rolled out looking really really nice, actually got a compliment at the sandwich shop. Spent a good portion of the evening driving around to be sure the bike was fine, after 25 miles I figured the electrical issues were solved and put her away for the night.
Old thread, but the way you are describing the issues I said to myself it sounds like a loose connection at the battery glad you got it going thank you for confirming that I'm still somewhat sharp LOL. By the way I've been a member on here for a while but had to rejoin I just could not get logged on for some reason reset password change password and this and that but had to start over

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