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geewhizz
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complete electrical failure

Post by geewhizz on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 12:00 pm

Went to fire up the bike, choke on , and hit the starter, it turned over for a split second and then failed. All the dash lights went off as did the headlights and indicators, brakes the lot. I though i must have blown a fuse so changes the ignition and the 30 amp fuse next to the main fuse box. Still nothing prodded around the wires, scratched the head for a bit , nothing. 

After 10-15 minutes the dash lights came back , ignition worked fine and off I went.

Spooky? Loose wire? Or a symptom of something else?
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by The_Wasp on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 4:12 pm

I had this exact same problem a few months ago where I'd press the starter and everything would go dead, idiot lights and all. It turned out to be the battery connection, the positive terminal was loose and kept cutting the power, a quick tighten up did the trick.
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by GlenAnderson on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 8:51 pm

That ^^^ would be my first thoughts. Also check where the main power cable fixes to the solenoid.

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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by sullivj on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 11:02 pm

That would be my thought too. Also clean the contacts in the kill switch.
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by badseeds on Sat 05 Jul 2014, 12:23 am

@The_Wasp wrote:.....It turned out to be the battery connection, the positive terminal was loose and kept cutting the power, a quick tighten up did the trick.

Yep, that's happened to me, too.
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by geekytree on Sun 06 Jul 2014, 11:00 am

Sounds like battery check voltage and charging circuit rectifier may have gone
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by geewhizz on Thu 10 Jul 2014, 10:36 pm

thanks for the replies. I'll hopefully find the issue over the weekend.
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by eternally_troubled on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 12:47 pm

Any luck in the finding the problem? I have fallen foul of the loose battery contact before too - not on the CB500, but just as annoying...
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by geewhizz on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 2:22 pm

Not yet. The terminals to the battery were tight, not looked else where yet, or used the multimeter, and its not done it since. i noticed the 12v cig charger i had under the seat had disintegrated and wires were exposed over my metal lock etc, i don't think that did it but who knows.
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Re: complete electrical failure

Post by eternally_troubled on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 12:44 pm

@geewhizz wrote:Not yet. The terminals to the battery were tight, not looked else where yet, or used the multimeter, and its not done it since. i noticed the 12v cig charger i had under the seat had disintegrated and wires were exposed over my metal lock etc, i don't think that did it but who knows.

It could have drained the battery though, which won't have helped the situation.

It is probably worth disconnecting any such accessories to rule them out. It might also be worth measuring the battery voltage when it is disconnected, just to make sure.

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