Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tulsa, OK
Motorcycle: I don't ride anything. Who has the time? Plus, everything I own is in pieces.
Re: Wire melt down = bad day
Remove the battery from the bike. Put it on a bench, out of the way, on a trickle charger. Check the water level while you're at it.
Remove the portion of the wiring harness in question, so that you can get a good look at it. Wires don't short to ground unless they are damaged. If one was damaged, it's likely that another is also damaged.
Open the harness up, identify all of the damaged wires and look at a wiring diagram to figure out what they are. Then, consider whether the component they fed was damaged also. Once you identify the damaged wires, replace them. I'm not a fan of replacing just a portion of a wire but that's up to you. I wouldn't solder them, I'd use a crimp connector like Suzuki did. Just don't use the crappy ones from an auto parts store.
Once the wires are fixed, re-wrap the harness and route it so it doesn't get damaged again. There's a very good routing diagram in the factory service manual.