Bizarre Problem?? ... Maybe not...
Ok guys, here it goes. My Wee is broken. The bike I mean.
Here is some background about what happened--I will try and keep it short and sweet overall.
A good buddy of mine told me to get a new bike with dirt-road capability for this summer cause we are going to go explore some dirt roads and new areas of the province. Ok I said, I will leave my trusted Honda VFR at home and get a better suited ride. I purchased this 2008 DL650 in a color I like, yellow, from a dealer a few hours away. 60K km on the clock, overall in great shape--although it was dropped on one side but very minor damage (clutch lever only) and one panel may have been replaced. Bike looks great. Maintenance seems up to date, fluids look great. Deal! I drove it home in quite a bit of rain and wind, and park her until sunnier days roll around. That was in November.
I insured it for one day today to go get some motorcycle parts over the border (in Sumas, I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada). All good on the way there, sunny skies, chilly weather but much warmer than what we have had in the past two months.
I get over the border all is peachy! Getting to know the new steed, and I'm enjoying myself in the sun.
Might as well fill up, gas is always cheaper at Uncle Sam's.
As soon as I'm done filling up (I had about half a tank I think, I put in about $8 worth of 85 CORRECTION, 87 GAS!! octane gas), the bike starts sputtering.
Hmmmm. Not now. Please? I'm about 70 km from home, I need to get home. I have things to do.
In any case, the bike would not rev, it would stall at idle and in order to keep the engine going, I had to find a "sweet spot" with the throttle and keep her there. Around 4,000 rpm.
I take the seat off, find the battery pos wire loose. I tighten that up, look for anything else, loose connectors, burnt ones I can see, nothing to find. I keep the bike at above 4,000 for a couple of minutes while I'm stopped to try and recharge the battery a bit in case that is all the energy I have to get home --at this point, I'm thinking either a dead battery due to cable, or a dead battery due to a stator that is gone. Smells like burnt plastic, quite a bit, but I cannot find anything. Let's try and get home.
Long story short, I disconnect both headlights, thinking if the battery is too weak, it will not let me get far. I limp home keeping the revs above 6,000 rmp, experiencing a lot of dead spots and sudden surges with throttle movements. But I made it home.
I get off the bike, and realize that the right side of my rear fender looks funny. All bubbly.... Hmmmm. Ok, looks like I melted that rear fender on the exhaust side. Sigh. Oh well, that explains the burnt plastic smell I smelled earlier. I take a look at the heat shield on top of the exhaust, and that thing is also wavy.... all right, that is TWO things that I melted today. Not a bad day!! Not at all.
At this point, I am thinking either gas with an octane rating that is too low, or the stator is gone. Either way, I will be taking her apart tomorrow and see what is what, look for a bad or loose ground, bad connections, and I'll empty the gas tank, put it in my mini van and go get some proper gas and run it to see if it runs better.
I'm quite frustrated, being that this bike looked really nice, especially in yellow, and I messed it up on the SECOND ride. Sigh. Oh well, I know, it'S not a big deal, but I needed to get that off my chest. I will get into it tomorrow if I have time with a fresh mind, a nice coffee, and see how I can trouble shoot that problem when I'm more relaxed.
Of course, in the meantime, if anyone of you has suggestions, please write them up. I'm definitely open-minded to ideas. But please don't tell me what I did wrong, I was just trying to get the bike home and I know I melted plastic. Not a huge deal in my books though.
I hope it's just bad gas...
Good night gents!
Last edited by Polarbear99; 02-17-2017 at 02:04 PM.