Join Date: May 2019
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Vulcan Nomad
Color: Maroon and Tan
Dead Electronics but will crank on bypass
Hello! I purchased an 03 Nomad 1500 Fi last summer and it's been a great bike and great to ride. At the beginning of this season I was having issues with the fuel pump not priming, so I pulled the battery, got it tested, and was told it needed replaced. I bought a brand new battery and still had the same problem. After lurking through the forums and reading posts of similar issues, I tried pulling the tank and replacing the fuel pump filter and cleaning the assembly. Sure enough the fuel pump primed right up and it has been running strong ever since.
Fast forward a month and I have a new problem- it's dead. I rode it to work in the morning, it started right up without hesitation, made the 25 mile trip no problems, and parked it for the day. Came out to leave work and I have no electronics whatsoever. No head/tail lights, no indicator lights on the speedo, no horn. Nothing. Thinking maybe the battery died, I called for a jump. We hooked the jumper pack up to the battery, still no power to ANYTHING. We make sure all the connections are tight, make sure they're clean and not corroded. Still no power. Then we decide to hook the jumper pack up to the started and ground it to the frame, as soon as we do the starter begins to crank like normal, but without fuel in the pump there's nothing to fire.
Finally I got it towed home, pulled the battery out and checked it with a multimeter, 12.82volts. Battery is good. At this point I'm thinking there is a short or a loose connection, but I have no idea where to start testing to try and figure it out.
The tow truck guy said maybe the ignition switch was somehow messed up and was acting like the key wasn't in/turned on, so I think I can check that, but any other input would be appreciated!