Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Re: Electrical short
I see a whole bunch of people viewed your post, but no replies. So I'll take a shot. Not sure how handy you are working on your own bike, but there are some things that you could check anyway.
Typical electrical problems have several sources. Here is the order that I've seen things fail.
1. Fuses. Yeah, they sometimes blow for no reason. Or for a temporary condition that no longer exists There are 3 fuse 'boxes' that you can find when you tilt the driver seat up to look at battery. Fuses boxes are just under the passenger seat. The radio also has another fuse, plugged into the back of it. You would need to pull the stingray, and then open up the radio compartment from the bottom to find the radio. Also, when you do pull the stingray off, there will be 3 connectors on the clutch side, plus an antenna connector. Don't remember which is which, but they are for (memory test here) A) power to the radio and front speakers and controls, B) rear speakers and controls C) CD changer, D) Antenna
2. Connectors. Most of these are exposed to the elements a little more than they would be on an automobile. Most are 'weather proof' types, and they do sometimes work their way loose. Looking up the fork from the front tire, on clutch side, is a connector that feeds the headlights. It is a weather proof type, and may have worked loose. Also, on the clutch side, if you remove the black tip-over cover, and the chromed plastic piece behind it, you might see the connector for the Aux power port. I've forgotten to reconnect that port when I've had the tupperware off, and know you can sometimes see and reconnect that port without removing much other than the 2 pieces I mentioned.
3. Wires broken. Well, not always broken, but with the insulation abraded/melted/crushed. This happens if a cable-tie breaks, or a the cable slips out of its holder. Can be *anywhere* on the bike. Wire wiggles and vibrates and rubs somewhere and the insulation exposes the wire. Bodywork put on without moving the wires out of the way first would cause the insulation to be crushed, exposing the wire inside. You'd really need to take off nearly all the bodywork to see the wires. Some are buried even deeper, like under the fuel tank. Either the wires touch where their not supposed to (a short) or the wire breaks (an open). I've even seen insulation chewed by rodents, exposing the wire inside. Also, a strain on the wire could also pull it apart, much like breaking a stray thread on a garment. May not be obvious if the insulation is still intact.
4. Component failure. A switch could go bad, as could a relay. I had the alarm fail, and it would eat 15A fuses as fast as I could plug them in. No damaged wires, just a bad component.
Hope some of this makes sense to you. If not, maybe your mechanic could look it over, and help his diagnostics.
2001 K1200LT der LadungsTräger