Yep, another 'Wont start, Seeking help' thread: Long
So my bike is a bit messed up right now and I'm going to try to sort it early next week.
I think the problems are electrical and its my first time trying to troubleshoot electrical stuff.
Ive done some research but any pointers or things to look out for would be greatly appreciated!
About a month or two ago I lowsided at NJMP. (Im fine, bike.... not so much).
I got it towed to where I live in Manhattan (thanks roger!).
At the time I thought it was all body work (fairing stay/headlights etc) and stripped it to take inventory of what I needed to replace.
While working on it someone stole my Wiring Harness for the Headline/Console/TurningSignal. (Because new york)
So now keep in mind that the rest of whats going on has been without a Speedo/Console, Air Pressure/Temp Gauge, Lights etc
I don't think it should make a difference but I just don't know... do any of you?
Two weeks later I try starting it for the first time.
Using the battery, the relay clicks but the engine doesnt try to crank.
However, I was able to start it with a Jump.
I was also able to start it with a Bump.
I then ride about 1.5 hours out of the city, nekkid w/o wiring harness, to a garage upstate where I planned to work on it.
A few miles away from my destination the bike dies like this:
I'm going about 35mph through a town. The engine gets really sputtery, choppy...
I get power for a second or two, then chuggs along with no power, them I get power for another second or two and again chuggs with no power.
I have WOT to try to keep the engine running but it eventually dies.
I try starting it with the battery, but the relay just clicks and doesn't crank.
So, that means during the 1.5 hour ride the battery didn't get charged, right?
I try bumping it down a hill, it sputters but doesn't start.
I push it to a garage, pull the battery and charge it overnight.
Next morning I put the battery in and try to start it.
Again, the Relay clicks but It doesn't try to turn over.
I try jumping it off a car, with the battery still connected.
The engine cranks but it still doesn't start.
The fuses are fine and the tank is full of fresh gas.
I tow it to my garage and leave it there for the next two weeks.
This Tuesday/Wednesday Ill try working on it for the first time since this happened.
This is what I plan to do:
Replace the Wiring Harness with one I bought on ebay.
Replace the Battery with a fresh on.
Check if lights are working, headlights, brake, neutral lights etc.
Check Battery voltage with power off, power on etc.
Regardless if it starts with a fresh battery Ill still do the following:
Inspect wiring from Stator to R/R looking for burnt leads etc.
Inspect remaining wiring for damage/shorts, perhaps by fan, check grounds etc.
Check battery voltage above 5k rpm.
If it still no start:
Check Fuel pump. Does it prime, squirt when the battery is on.
Finally, pull the plugs, check for sparks, check the resistance in the coils etc.
So, my question is:
Am I approaching this the right way?
Anything I'm overlooking?
Any help would be appreciated it.
Cliffs for the tldr/csb set:
Why you no start?!?!?
Last edited by Smackhappy; 12-09-2012 at 10:11 AM.