Originally Posted by garry_kramer
Went over last night to check this out. The problem was the aftermarket alarm system has an immobilizer. If the alarm is not hooked up it kills the bike. Simple fix, connect the alarm system power wire to the battery and all is fine.
Actually, the alarm was only disconnected AFTER I had removed the battery, cleaned the connections, checked for voltage, etc.. and reinstalled it. The power was dead before anything was unhooked.
I don't know how the immobilizer came into effect after the last ride- I didn't set the alarm, since the LT was in a locked garage.
But I did have the remote with me with my spare key on that last ride, in a jacket pocket. The only thing I can assume is that one of the remote's buttons got pushed accidentally as I shut it down/parked it, and I didn't hear the beep.
The alarm, however, didn't activate- there was no flashing light to indicate it had been armed. Since buying the bike, I had used the alarm only a few times, and had no idea it had the immobilizer function.
As Garry pointed out, I better be sure to carry a spare 15 amp fuse for the alarm, or I'd be high and dry if it went out.
But when we connected it back to the battery, we got the dash lights etc. only after toggling the buttons on the alarm remote.
My thanks to Garry for his help, though I feel stupid for not knowing about the immobilizer function. Heck, it only took two years of ownership to discover it.
Who knows what other surprises I'll find in the next 2 years....