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    Registered User Array CBum650's Avatar
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    Unhappy Dead Bike - help!

    What a day! Got off work at UBC at 3pm and was on the way home to the Westend. The bike was running perfectly for an '81 cb650. I managed to get almost half way up Burrard Bridge and then thats it. Bike dies right there! NO sputter. No cough. Cars are now flying by as I try to roll over to the curb lane. Hear a few hard braking from behind but what can you do. Manage to make to the middle of the bridge and roll down the other side and off the bridge. It looks like there is no electrical !!! All of a sudden the whole electrical system is non exsistant; no signal power, no oil/neutral lights. Nothing. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should look for? First thing is to check the battery although the bike started fine 10 minutes earlier. It wouldn't even turn over while trying to jump it while rolling down hill. The headlight doesn't even come on now. What to do? Thanks for any help offered.

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    Jackie Chan's stuntdouble Array Motorcycle Man's Avatar
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    First thing to check are the fuses...

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    And shepherds we shall be Array miraclejoe's Avatar
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    Or loose battery cable or bad ignition or faulty kill switch.

    Check the fuses and the battery first.
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    Registered User Array CBum650's Avatar
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    thanks guys. That just occured to me after a bit of reflection.

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    i've had that happen, i hit a bump and one of my battery cables broke off
    check that

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    Registered User Array CBum650's Avatar
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    Still no luck. I've checked the battery, battery cables and fuses. Anyone with any other ideas?

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    rain? whats that! Array REVELATIONS's Avatar
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    Checked them how exactly ? Visually ?

    It sounds like the next step is to establish continuity within the system.
    Get a multimeter go to your fuse box and listen for the beeps it gives off when a system is closed. Youll have to consult your service manual for where to start and what systems to check.

    I'm guessing a wire might be frayed somewhere or disconnected - ground wire perhaps?

    Check to see how much juice your battery has too.

    If this all sounds forgein to you, a shop is in order unfortunately.


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    One of these days.... Array looper's Avatar
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    Have you checked the main fuse / fusible link? Its typically near but not in the same fuse bank as the others. Its like a 30 amp fuse. If it goes, everything goes.

    Its probably not a battery. If it goes, its generally pretty gradual, unless one of the battery cells collapsed (which is pretty unlikely)

    Check the main fuse. Otherwise probably a bad connection.
    "Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."

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    Registered User Array CBum650's Avatar
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    Yeah, I checked the main fuse. Its ok. And I did use a multimeter to check the fuses. I suppose I should pull out the service manual and see if I can trace the continuity of the wires. Damn I was hoping for a quick fix.

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    rain? whats that! Array REVELATIONS's Avatar
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    Out of curiosity - does your battery have ANY juice ? (check with meter)


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    Registered User Array CBum650's Avatar
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    The battery is fully charged. The meter reads 12V.

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    Rock bottom here I come Array Dalma's Avatar
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    A fully charged battery should read about 13.2 volts with a good voltmeter.

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