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  1. Motorbikerx

    Motorbikerx Well-Known Member

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    Yellow Kingpins sitting in a mates driveway in Nimbin tonight.
    Been running a bit strange for a few days now.
    First it stopped one night while using outside my shed door while I went inside to open up.
    The over the next few days sometimes idling at lights it'd falter and miss a bit then I'd rev it and slip the clutch a bit to get away from the green light , it'd be popping , banging and farting but still running then it'd come good and be fine all day Ride hard and fast not a problem.
    Then going slow into my driveway it'd Miss n fart again...
    Had a lot of rain lately though water in the wiring somewhere.
    Checked battery bolts.

    Today rode out to Nimbin and on the way there itd cut out momentarily every now and then.
    Got worse as I kept going.

    Parked outside my meeting was inside for 90 mins, mentioned to the people there that the bike was running crappy.
    A mate was there on his 650 BMW Adventure bike.
    We decided to ride back together as we live close to each other.
    I thought I'll buy some WD40 and spray out the Killswitch and starter button switchblock as sometimes killswitches give problems.
    Gave it a good spraying and also the throttle cables as the idles been a bit high too around 14-1600.

    Turned ignition on hit starter NOTHING...DEAD AS!
    Checked fuses, they all good.
    Shorted out the battery terminals with a screwdriver and nothing.
    No Sparks! Battery dead as a maggot.
    Hmmmm.
    Explains running rough, my guess battery not charging or a bung battery.
    Anyway we jump started it off a mates truck after I took the headlight fuse out and it ran just enough missing farting banging and backfiring the two blocks to my mate Max's house where I left the bike in his driveway and jumped on the back of Dallas' BMW 650 for the hour ride home.
    Can't remember last time I was a pillion and Dallas said it's been 40 years since he carried a passenger!
    We made it back alive though the poor Beemer was struggling with our combined weight!

    Tomorrow I'll try to get a lift back out to Nimbin and take the battery out of the XC with me, fully charged, and take a multimeter with me.
    If it's not charging I'll leave the headlight fuse out and ride home total loss, Should be ok and get me home in the daylight.

    Only just fitted a new regulator/rectifier when I got the bike about 10 weeks and 4000 miles ago,
    Sorta hoping it a bung battery, but it was brand new too.
    I'll know more tomorrow....
     
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    Similar situation to me a few years back. Turned out to be a bad regulator. Cross bikes have a voltmeter on the dash and reading16 volts was the indicator.
    Another time same scenario it turned out to be the battery. It was a 1 yr old Yuasa. Couldn’t believe it but hey if it’s electrical ? Anything can happen.
     
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    Some guy's will do anything for a ride on the rear with a tight squeeze of their best mate!
    Just kidding MB. Hopefully its something simple and you're back to racking up those miles. Has it been hot there? I've had batteries die a sudden death in the heat like they internally shorted.
     
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    no , been pissing down rain for over a week, today was first sunny day, We know hoe much Vics love getting wet so I suspected water in the wiring somewhere...Ive lined up a mate to come with me tomorrow and drive my car back home behind me after I fit the XC battery and start it up.
    Ill take my multimeter and check the charge input, if its not charging Ill leave the headlight fuse out and ride home, its around an hour trip, should do that on total loss just powering the coils and fuel injection.
    Well it got out there with headlight on so Im gambling Ill get it home.
     
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    Batterys 2 months old so is the regulator, the good update from Jack @Roadstercycle, gonna email him see what he thinks
     
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    Before you get the meter on it to check the voltages you'll just be guessing what the problem is. Hopefully you parked it under cover at your friends place because if the basic charging readings don't indicate what the problem is you could be there awhile. If it's still raining hard you'll need to dry it out too. If you've got them, take a copy of the wiring diagram with you so you can do more than that if required.

    I hope it's as simple as that.

    Good luck.

    PS. Take a trailer if you can.
     
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  7. Motorbikerx

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    Rains gone two days ago thankfully.
    I'm taking a fully charged battery from my XC , fitting it and riding the bike home,
    I'll pull the headlight fuse if the multimeter indicates it's not charging.
    The bike got me out there so it'll get me home.
    I'll have a mate following in my car.
    Don't need no trailer
    If it was to stop completely I have a roadside assistance deal through my insurance company, that covers all of my cars and bikes,
    Bikes quite safe and under cover at Max's place now
    I'll go when I wake up in the morning.
    Got it all worked out.
     
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    Thank God fer Dallas!
     
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    Okaaay!
    Found the problem and fixed it!
    Rode the bike home performing better than ever!
    Let's see who can guess what the problem was???
     
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    Loose ground strap?
     
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    Warm.....
     
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    Glad ya got back OK, sorted the problem. Loose fuse?
     
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    Main breaker shot or loose?
     
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    No ...none of the above.
    Dirty battery terminal connections would you believe?
    How many times do we tell people to clean terminals and tighten bolts!!!

    Geeze! Ok sadpapered leads and battery posts and she's like new again.
    Got home then picked up my 17yr old daughter who was keen to go for a ride on yellow bike.
    Went to Hare Krsna shop and had a good feed.
    Then thought I'd ride down to Brunswick Heads AA for the Sunday night meeting but riding over Connection rd with daughter Elizabeth on the back, the bike does again monetarily then jerks back to life..
    Didn't wanna be broke down in middle of nowhere with my daughter so took her back to her mum's house and rode the the petrol station and filled up.
    hit the starter and Dead again!
    Wasn't that at all just seemed like it
    Broke down again flat battery at airport servo.
    Tighten battery leads a bit and power came back on.
    Hit starter and it went off again!
    Got biggest spanner outta my toolkit and hit the battery earth terminal and it came back on!
    There was an AA member in servo drive me back to the shed to take battery outta my other bike and tool me back to bike
    Put battery in and it's good as gold!
     
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    Battery that kept failing must have an intermittent internal fault!!!
     
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