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First, some background on the bike. 97 600, 12,000 miles, no mods other than sprocket & recently put flush mounts on the back, but not the front yet.

Now the problem. I went to leave work yesterday, hit the starter, cranked over a few times, & then I lost all power, no headlight, no power to gauges, nothing. Played with the ignition switch a little, moved the handlebars around & moved cables around (I thought something might be pinched), but still nothing. Checked the fuses by the gauges & they were all good.

Then I decided to try to push start it, put the key in it, & what do you know, I have power again. So I hit the start button, & I immediately lose all power again. A few seconds after releasing the start button, power comes back. Push the start button again, same thing happens. I say a few choice words, push it again, & it fires up.

Ride it home, turn it off, try to start it, & everything is fine. This morning, it started up fine, but I didn't dare ride it because it looked like the lights (both headlight & taillight) were flickering. I did not allow it to warm up to see if this would change, the choke was on & it was spinning at about 2 grand.

So does anyone have any ideas? Something wrong in the start button? Possibly the flush mounts I installed a couple months ago doing something weird?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

thanks guys
Chad
 

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check the voltage of the battery you may have a dead cell and also check to see if the battery cables are tight
 

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I would also check the voltage at the batt under cranking... Just cause it reads out at 12.9v with no load does not make for a good batt.. You should get like 12.0 maybe a bit less under cranking...

Also, check the plug that connects the rectifier. They tend to melt...


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Thanks for the replies. Hopefully I'll get a chance to check those things soon & I'll let you guys know. I just thought it was odd that I lost everything when hitting the starter, things didn't dim, they just went out, like the key was off.

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Well if there is a dead cell, and you hit the starter, it could pull enough power to shut down everything.. Or is the plug is melting, then the same thing could happen..

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My bike had a simlar problem, and it's the same bike as yours with similar mileage.

1) DEad cell in my battery. It'll hold a surface charge, but after discharging that, it only had 9-ish Volts. Replaced batt.

2) Then my bike wouldnt start when warm. Symptoms : the lights flicked and the guage blanks out, cranking ceased.

I inspected the starter motor and sprayed electrical spray at connections at the relay, from the starter motor, and the connection to the rectifier.

Problem went away.


Unfortunately, i cannot pinpoint which connection were a bit rusty
Visually, the pins and slots are in good shape, so it's hard to tell by eye... unless it's rusting in there


Good luck mate


KaTz

[ 08-07-2002, 12:09 AM: Message edited by: KaTz ]
 

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Well, I think the problem is fixed. Loose negative battery cable. Real loose. Possitive was slightly loose. Used a meter on it before tightening it, & it would drop to 9 something when cranking. After tightening, it was just under 11 volts. I plan to do the tests recommended by the manual on the battery & rectifier this weekend.

Thanks again for the advice guys. I should know to check the simple stuff before I come begging for help.

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well lets hope that was it charge the battery back up and see if there is any voltage loss let us know how you make out
 
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