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    Ok so a few days ago I get caught in a friggin monsoon of rain on the way to work and things are fine when I park the bike. I get finished work I start the bike and blam the left turn signal/ parking lamp explodes and the bike goes completely dark (No juice to anything). I shut the key off let it sit for a minute or so and turn the key and I got juice the bike fires up no problem.

    I replace the bulb, but the signal flashes very fast at first but goes away after turning the 4 ways on. The next day it rained again so I didn't take the bike but it was outside uncovered during the rain.

    Tuesday I take the bike in for an oil change and there is no problem getting to the dealer but after they change the oil I go to start it and it turns over and all of a sudden without starting goes dark again. I shut the key off for a minute or so and it starts up no problem.

    Wednesday no bike again because of rain so it sat again outside no cover.

    Yesterday I fire the bike up with no problem pull out of the drive go up the street go to downshift and bike dies and goes dark, let it sit a minute or so while looking for maybe a bare wire or tryin to sniff around for burning smells. After the minute or so it fires up with no problem and I make it to work (turn signal is ok as well). After work I fire the bike up no problems and ride home, bike stays running and no dark issue but the left turn signal flashes fast again.

    My question is, is this just moisture somewhere causing this? should I be looking for a bad wire in the left turn signal? Is this something else? If I can't find the problem should I just keep running the bike untill it won't start at all?
    Last edited by Dan; 06-18-2010, 08:46 AM.
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  • #2
    Dan, it sounds to me (and I may be wrong) that may be moisture cought in a connector somewhere. when you can, you might trace down any connectors you can, take them apart, dry them with a hair dryer or something, then use some dielectric grease when putting them back together. yours is an EFI bike correct?
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    • #3
      No EFI here, carb.
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      • #4
        Can't offer a solution or an explanation but water/condensation and electricity don't go well together. You definitely have some moisture somewhere that's jumping current where it's not supposed to go.
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        • #5
          Sounds like a loose connection somewhere, and the water sped up the oxidation that is breaking your connection. I assume you've checked all of your fuses, and battery terminals? Had a loose terminal on my truck battery, it would intermittently die, but otherwise run fine.

          Fast blinkers usually means one of them is "off" and the circuit's load is off, causing them to blink faster....try checking all of your bulbs and sockets.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Motive View Post
            Sounds like a loose connection somewhere, and the water sped up the oxidation that is breaking your connection. I assume you've checked all of your fuses, and battery terminals? Had a loose terminal on my truck battery, it would intermittently die, but otherwise run fine.

            Fast blinkers usually means one of them is "off" and the circuit's load is off, causing them to blink faster....try checking all of your bulbs and sockets.

            my .02
            Checked fuses and battery terminals they are fine.
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            • #7
              We need croc on this troubleshooting job! lol
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              • #8
                I think you need a hair dryer, some dielectric grease, some patience.. a few beers.. and a bike cover!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by axxell33 View Post
                  I think you need a hair dryer, some dielectric grease, some patience.. a few beers.. and a bike cover!
                  Either the bike cover or a good caulking gun.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by axxell33 View Post
                    I think you need a hair dryer, some dielectric grease, some patience.. a few beers.. and a bike cover!
                    lol I have a bike cover but since HERDSTOCK and putting the flags on the sissy bar I can't cover the bike any longer. I'm trying to wait for the flags that aren't supposed to withstand high speeds to decide they have had enough before I take them off or at least until after the 4th.
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                    • #11
                      Dan, check all your grounds on your lights and change your main circuit brker........its going bad!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Crocodile56 View Post
                        Dan, check all your grounds on your lights and change your main circuit brker........its going bad!
                        First welcome back croc and will do. I'm just waiting for my new seat to come in and I'm gonna go through all of the wiring connections and hit them up with some dielectric grease and will change the breaker as well.
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                        • #13
                          Ok so new problem today which maybe the same problem here, traveling home today doing about 70ish the bike back fires 1 time speedo goes to zero then back to 70 and check engine light is on long enough to go back off like I just flipped the kill switch on before starting the bike. This happens about 4 times and not 1 right after the other but a few miles in between. any ideas or am I still needing to find my original problem (I thought I had it but apparently not)?
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                          • #14
                            I think you got a shorted wire intermitent, moisture may be the initial culprit but now you may have two wires "Smoked" together, Starting/lookin with yur left turn both front an rear. Connections in yur tail light can get wet have you been in there.
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                            • #15
                              It could be the left turn signal cause it flashes real quick sometimes and not others
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