Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
No electrical power
Hey all. Having a little trouble with my 2000 1100 Classic.
Well, it was nice and sunny here today, low 70s, great day for a ride. We were about 30 miles from home when I noticed my speedometer and odometer weren't working. I'd just fueled up about 10 miles back and I reset the trip meter so all was good then. I tried the high beams to see if the blue light would come on and everything came on again - for a second. It happened once more before I pulled over. When I stopped and came to an idle everything came back on until I accidentally dumped the clutch and stalled it. Since then, nothing. The bike showed no loss of power from the engine after this happened but I stopped within a mile of noticing the speedometer not working.
Checked all the fuses on the side of the road and all seem good. I noticed the battery was quite warm to the touch too.
So, I trucked it home and pulled the battery. It's been giving me trouble for past week - barely starting after sitting overnight and since the battery's almost 2 years old, I know I'm living on borrowed time with this particular brand. I suspected it was starting to die and eventually that's what I'm hoping happened. I'm going to get it load tested tomorrow but wanted to pick your brains and see if you can offer any other advice. I don't have a good charger or meter but when I hooked it up to my "intelligent" trickle charger, the green "charged" light came on. After a few seconds, the yellow "charging" light came on, faded off, came back on, then faded out again. (Never saw it do that before. When it's hooked up and the battery is low, it's solid yellow, then changes to green when fully charged.) After that, the green light came back on and stayed on.
I should mention that I've never had the tank off so there's no reason to suspect a pinched wire from any recent repairs. I bought it last fall so I don't know what the PO did. There are no added electrical accessories so no one has been playing with the wiring. Like I said, I'm hoping my battery suffered a catastrophic failure, but it strikes me funny that it doesn't even flicker the lights. If it shows a full charge on the charger, there should at least be some minor sparking when I hook it up, shouldn't there? Would a dead short in the battery still show charged on the charger? I know I haven't checked everything yet but I'm hoping someone else experienced this and might have some thoughts. I don't want to replace the battery only to have the same thing happen again. I don't mind wrenching but I suck at electrical diagnosis so I'm hoping it doesn't come to probing at wiring harnesses.
Thanks in advance.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags