Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lee's Summit, MO
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Strange Electrical Issue
Recently, my bike has been acting up. Slow to start, slow to crank, instrument cluster goes blank. A couple times it wouldn't even crank. Eventually it always starts, but it struggles. It seems to get worse later in the day after multiple starts. Some days it doesn't act up at all. Classic signs of low battery I think. So I take my battery to the local battery shop, they test it, it shows signs of strong life. So, I think it may be the charging system. I ask Santa for a new digital multi-meter, he delivers. Last night I take my new DMM and do some diagnostics. Sitting cold, no recent charging my battery shows 12.75 volts. Running @ 5000 rpm I'm getting 14.7-14.75 volts. So that seems to blow away my charging system theory. Now I'm lost.
Anybody ever experience this?? Any suggestions what to check next?
"Like a junkie trying to get his hands on the next fix,
those of us who seek the thrill of speed and danger will
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