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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bike just crapped out...

Pretty sure it's electrical but I'm in over my head. Took the bike for a ride up north - was going up a hill and felt the engine kinda spluttering (like I was running out of gas, which I wasn't), and then noticed that the speedometer and digital trip meter was dead as a door nail - after a while it flickered back into life, but died again.

Got almost home, engine sounded ok but speedo was dead - 5 mins from home and the engine stalled, complete electrical failure and couldn't get it to start. No lights, no horn, no nothing. Pushed it home, where the bike now sits, beaten but not defeated.

Any ideas? Where do I start in order to get my machine back on the road?

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Pretty sure it's electrical but I'm in over my head. Took the bike for a ride up north - was going up a hill and felt the engine kinda spluttering (like I was running out of gas, which I wasn't), and then noticed that the speedometer and digital trip meter was dead as a door nail - after a while it flickered back into life, but died again.

Got almost home, engine sounded ok but speedo was dead - 5 mins from home and the engine stalled, complete electrical failure and couldn't get it to start. No lights, no horn, no nothing. Pushed it home, where the bike now sits, beaten but not defeated.

Any ideas? Where do I start in order to get my machine back on the road?

Many thanks!

- J
God I hate electrical issues. I'd rather rebuild the motor than deal with them.

Short answer? Good luck... My best advice with general-overall electrical issues is suspect the ECU/brain-box first and foremost. Not, regrettably, a cheap/easy thing to test.

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simple answer, check battery connections
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simple answer, check battery connections
I -hope- for your sake it's that simple.

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lol, i can see your point.sorry..check battery with ohm meter.
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Sounds like my experience when my rectifier went out 6 years ago. Charging system on bike was not functioning properly. Speedo was first indication something was wrong, and then bike quit and I also had to push it home the last 0.2 miles. Recharge your battery, start the bike (if it will start) and measure voltage across battery. See the first three paragraphs here . . . https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...harging-system.

I believe a bad rectifier can both undercharge and overcharge the battery. I've replaced mine twice now. The first time (6 years ago) the battery was dead after each subsequent brief ride. The second time (a month ago) the battery was swollen and had to be replaced.

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After the usual checks, I'd definitely head the direction of the reg/rec. When they fail they can take out every electrical component on the bike.

Do a voltage test on the battery and see where you are at.... then start the bike if you can and check at idle, then at 3,000 RPM. Shut everything off and test again if things tested OK the first time.

If the reg/rec fails, buy only a OEM Yamaha unit or you'll get to do it all over again. Most have upgraded to one from an 05 Road Star...it's heavier duty.
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buy only a OEM Yamaha unit or you'll get to do it all over again.
Good advice. The first time it was replaced I had a shop do it as the bike was new (to me). Now, 6 years and 36,000 miles later I'm wondering if they put in OEM or not. With that said, the first OEM one crapped out at just over 11,000 miles so even OEM has some infant mortality issues.

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Most have upgraded to one from an 05 Road Star...it's heavier duty.
Very good advice, although I missed this suggestion earlier. Maybe next time. ;-)
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Thank you one and all - I'm gonna go take a look at the battery and take it from there - I'll be back with an update

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Well, the battery connections are ok - off to get a battery charger and voltage checker from Canadian Tire and take it from there...wish me luck...

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