Lets play "what did beefsalad screw up this time?"
So I installed my Ohlins this week. I only took it for a short mile loop after installation until today. I intended to put a bit of seat time in to get used to the change. Well, a touch over 3 miles from the house I look down and my gauges are flat 0, and the LCD is blank. WTH? I haven't played in the bucket recently! Anyway, I decide to head back towards the house, I don't mind tickets as long as I know how bad they are going to be I whip a u-turn, and a block later I get stuck at a light, and the bike dies. Clutch in, pop it into neutral, push the button...nothing. [email protected]#%. Fortunately I was able to push it onto the sidewalk of the feeder road and into a gas station parking lot. A buddy picked me up and dropped me off at my truck. The bike is in the garage now. I let it trickle charge for maybe 20m and decided to try firing it up. First bump of the starter button and it roars back to life.
My original thought was I had disconnected the stator. When installing the shock I moved the stator connector around a bit trying to get the shock into place. Well, I just pulled the side cover and it looks to me like the connector is fine. My other thought would be the battery, not completely sure how to test for a flaky battery. Dead batteries are easy to chase down, a loose plate can be a nightmare. I guess I could take the battery out of the other 9er and see what it does... I'm bummed that I'm going to have to keep her close to home until I get this figured out. I was looking forward to playing in the hill country this weekend
if you love your motorcycle, set it free.. if it comes back and hits you.. you highsided
The biggest problem with electrical gremlins is that you usually can't fix them with a hammer. If all your connections are fine, I'm guessing it's going to be a bad battery. I've had bad batteries do this kind of nonsense to me on many different bikes: have it tested under load. If it has an internal short, it will show up in this kind of test. Put the hammer away, as tempting as it may be, it won't (usually) help.