Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Re: Ever had your LT just quit unexpectedly???
Ever see those blinking lights on a holiday lighting display (Christmas tree perhaps)? The blinking is controlled by one of the bulbs. It lights, gets hot, and a piece of metal inside the glass bends from the heat, causing that bulb, and the ones it connects to, to turn off. As the metal cools, it bends back, and makes the connection again, causing the lights to turn on. *Everything* bends/expands/contracts from changes in temperature. Some materials more than others. Inside the battery you'll find such things as lead, acid/gel, wires, and plastic. A little heat from the engine, or heat from charging/discharging may cause these parts to bend/expand/contract more than expected, disrupting the flow of electricity. Either causing an open circuit (as if removing battery would) or a short circuit (claiming all of the electricity produced by the charging system, leaving none available for rest of bike)
A shorted cell in the battery would certainly be expected to get hot, causing the problem to show up after running for some time, go away when it cooled.
2001 K1200LT der LadungsTräger