Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Progress so Far
As suggested, I removed and cleaned all the positive and negative battery connections. I tried to clean the frame ground, but on the 2003 V-Star 650, the ground is hidden behind a panel on the right side of the motorcycle. To remove the panel, you have to remove both the front and rear exhausts and the brake pedal/footpeg assembly.
One of the benefits of knowing your limitations is that you know when to stop.
Therefore, I did not get to clean and reconnect the frame ground. However, if the intermittent problem arises again, I have a suitable portable cable to attach in an emergency as a temporary frame ground. If it is definitely a defective frame ground, this temporary fix, will confirm that fact. Then I will take the bike to a shop to permanently fix the defective frame ground.