Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
Re: what is this thing
What happens is well known. The starter relay will weld its contacts together if you try to start the bike with a weak battery. Once that happens the relay, even if it breaks the weld, is no good and will re-weld at the drop of a hat. Then when the fresh battery is installed and the relay is either still welded the starter turns or it will re-weld on the first attempt to start. Either way if the starter runs for any length of time it will melt wires.
The new style relay has a voltage sensor built in that prevents engagement of the relay under a certain voltage so this will not happen.
mexicoboy had two separate issues the reverser controller, and the starter relay. They could be related as there are interlock switches on the R-F shaft that isolates the starter signal from the starter relay and sends it to the reverser controller. If those were bypassed by a previous owner then having both the controller and the starter relay operating at he same time could have fried the unit.
2009 K1300GT Red Rocket
2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
2004 330 Ci Convertable
Have ridden a Motorcycle in all 48
But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT
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