Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: 1200LT pulling my hair out!!
As others have said, this is a job for someone who knows how to use a multimeter, and trace the problem to the source. Will likely take some time, and pulling of all the Tupperware and unplugging a lot of connectors. Having the electrical diagrams for the bike will be just about necessary.
Another thing: Jump starting the bike from a running car is NOT wrong. In fact you WANT the car to be running to supply the full 13.7 volts to overcome resistance in the jumper cables, and supply at least 12 volts to start the bike. I did it several times to my and other's motorcycles. The person who talked about amps knew nothing about electrical circuits at all, period. You could jump the bike from a semi or bus if they are running on a 12 volt battery system. Only the VOLTAGE has to match. The source can be capable of supplying thousands of amps, the device being driven by that voltage determines the amps drawn. Look at it this way: The bulbs in the instrument panel use a fraction of an amp, although the battery is capable of supplying a couple hundred amps for a short time.
The electrical supply into your home is probably protected by a 200 amp breaker, the supply is capable of supplying a thousand or so until the wires overheat. Yet, you can plug in a 4 watt night light, it will not burn out from over current, when what the light it is plugged into is a 15 or 20 amp protected circuit. Same with jumping your LT from a running car. Both systems run at around 13.7 volts engines running, so there is no way any other 13.7 volt supply can harm the bike (unless you hook the jumper cables up backwards!).
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.