Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bloomington-Normal, IL
Yet Another Electrical Issue post
Folks, any insight would be gratefully appreciated. I have a 2002 1800R that I purchased from Whitlow on this very forum. Until now, it has been exceptionally reliable. A week ago, while rushing to an appointment, I left the key in the on position for approximately an hour. I ran the eight year old battery down and the bike would not start. I bump started it and rode it home about three miles. I immediately put the battery on the charger and let it charge overnight. The indicator suggested the battery was fully charged. When I turn the key in the ignition, the headlight and neutral indicator come on. There is also the customary "whirring sound" that accompanies the ignition engagement. However, when I depress the starter button, the headlight dims but the starter does not engage. The starter does not seem to be getting power. This is what I have done:
1. Scoured the forum and looked at a range of advice (including most recent posts); reviewed the manual and followed the troubleshooting
2. Checked all connections to ensure they were tight and clean; this includes the starter relay
3. Cleaned the starter switch and carefully reassembled; checked it a second time to ensure I reassembled it correctly
4. Checked the 4P connector, it looks fine
5. Checked the starter motor 10A fuse; it looked fine but I replaced it as a precaution
6. Replaced the battery and ensured the new battery was fully charged, again as a precaution and because the battery was 8 years old
I am not at the end of my technical skills. Did I burn up the starter relay switch when I left the key in the on position for an hour? It is not clicking when the starter button is pushed. Is there something else I have missed? Thoughts?
Many thanks in advance.
Riding and loving my first X (formerly Whitlow's); 2002 1800R; P4 intake; Vance and Hines Bigshots with Thunder Monster baffles; Chrome: rims, engine covers, rear brake reservoir, radiator cover, rear frame covers, lowers, and drive shaft cover; Pullback handlebars with internal wiring; Kuri mirrors, turn signals, and grips.