2001 R6 Electrical problems, please help!
2001 R6 Limited Champions edition 22K miles. There's a lot to cover here so bear with me and read about my pain and agony.
So I've been working on my bike for the past couple of months in heavy frustration and any help at all would be greatly, greatly appreciated. So here's the story. I put my bike away this past December (I live in Minnesota) and left the battery in until it got to be about -20 for the first time, which was most likely my first mistake. Upon taking it out, sometime in mid January I decided to put it back in to hear my babe roar...and that never happened, firstly the battery was dead so I put it on a charger on the 6/12v engine start setting thinking that when she fired that the stator would charge the bike as normal. Well this happened all super fast but I remember cranking on the start button and I hit the headlight switch by mistake at the same time and the bulbs both blew at the same time, which by the way was an easy fix, just replaced the bulbs, however the bike never fired. So I sprayed a very careful amount of ether into the carbs (and yes there are carbs on the first gen R6's) and she fired beautifully off the ether and ran for 5 seconds or so (burning up the rest of the ether fumes) and died. I only repeated this a couple more times because obviously shooting ether down there isn't good and it wasn't staying on. So I pulled the carbs off and cleaned them thoroughly thinking I had a clogged pilot jet, So I knew I had spark and air, so the problem had to be the fuel pump right? correct. So I replaced the fuel pump...and nothing changed. Then I checked the lead that connects to the fuel pump and there's no power. So I checked all the grounds, relays, fuses and everything checked out, so I'm assuming some wire either corroded too much when the battery was connected or went bad when I had the car starter hooked up and blew out my bulbs, all other electronics on the bike appeared to function normally so I didn't want to get a whole new wiring harness so I decided to wire the fuel pump straight to the battery, with the positive lead connected to a switch before hitting the battery so I can turn it off while not riding, and at last, the fuel pumped primed right up and sent fuel to my perfectly cleaned and freshly synced carbs and the bike fires up immediately. So I take her out for a spin because god knows it's been 4 months, and it was great....for about 10 minutes. I noticed the instrument cluster had nothing on it and I immediately knew the battery was dying so I pull over. The battery is brand new so I'm assuming that's not the problem although I'm going to have it tested and will update this if that turned out to be the problem. My question to anybody that has read this far is really about why that battery drained? I think it could possibly be the fuel pump and its makeshift circuit due to the fact that it's not being regulated by any fuses or switches, but I think a good stator would charge everything accordingly regardless. The bike worked perfectly when I put it away but could possibly be the stator I suppose, it's looking pretty rough but I don't have a tool to test it, however everything was working just fine when I put it away for the winter. I never figured out the issue with the fuel pump wiring but I figured that the fuses would blow before any harm was done to the wires so I think corrosion would be the most logical problem here but I'm here asking for opinions. This post has even been a condensed version of all the troubleshooting I went through to try to get this bike ready for season and again any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated! Also noteworthy, I put in new spark plugs and coils with a little dielectric grease and the bike ran great before the battery died. All electronics work now aside from the battery not getting charge. I like to think I'm rather mechanically inclined but I'm running out of patients here and for the last time, any help at all would be awesome, thanks. Matt.