Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: calgary alberta
Well..... gotta love these bikes.... they sure like to keep you on your toes.
Back story to what happened today. On my '10 I was able to leave the ignition switch in the "ignition " position all day if I wanted, never had a problem with starting after doing that.
Today, I'm at my new job. Show up in the morning, turn off the bike by turning the switch to "ignition " hop off and go to work. Come out for lunch.... bike is very draggy starting, but starts, head down the road to eat. Get there, turn it off and figured I'd try it right away. Nope, didn't fire, battery too dead, call wife for boost, let the truck charge it a bit, it starts, and away I go.
So, to eliminate any load, I turned off my driving lights, and turned it to off when I got to work. It started fine when I went to leave at the end of the day, and I rode home with the driving lights still off.
Get home, throw the meter on the battery, 12.8vdc, cool. Fired it up, 13 vdc, rev it up, 14.8 vdc. Cool, altinator seems to be charging. Started it again, rev it up, and turn on the driving lights, and it drops to 12.8 vdc from 14.8 vdc. Lights are 55W H3 bulbs each. I never had an issue before, so I don't know what was happening on my '10... but does that sound ok? I should be able to ride all the time with them on like before, right? And I wonder why leaving it in "ignition " seemed to drain it.
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