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post #1 of 21 Old 05-06-2016, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Start Button Electrical Short

Does anyone know if the 2014 Vee2 is subject to the electrical shorting issues around the start button that the older generation Vees were prone to?

I just experienced the following: Turn the key in the ignition and everything powers up. Push the start button and I lose all power - to the dash display, everything. Turn the ignition off and on - nothing. Check all the fuses (all good), battery terminals (clean and tight), etc., etc. Turn the key in the ignition and she comes back to life. Push the start button (hear what I think is the starter solenoid, now that the seat is off) and all goes dead again. I've been able to repeat this sequence a few times without burning fuses (seems odd to me).

I expect I'll disassemble the start button housing and load check the battery next, but I'm just wondering if any 2014+ DL1000s out there have gone through similar tribulations.

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I should also have stated - I got the electrical harness recall work done three months ago.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-06-2016, 03:39 PM
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Start with the easiest, clean the terminals on your battery and going to starter, check your relocated ground.

How many miles on the bike, usually it take a while for the carbon building up issue on the started switch to appear unless you ride in the rain and store the bike outside a lot, then corrosion or....

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The start button issue is not a short. The usual problem is the headlight cutout section not making contact so the headlights stop working. A total loss of power is usually due to a marginal connection on the end of a large battery wire, usually at one of the battery terminals. Cleaning and tightening cable ends and battery posts is your next best step unless the main fuse is burned out. A shorted start switch, which is almost unheard of, will burn out a small fuse, not the main fuse, and not power down the entire bike.

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You have a dead battery. Troubleshoot the battery and charging system.

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If the battery was dead, things would not have powered up in the beginning before the button was pressed unless it was killed at that moment.

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I once ran across a battery terminal bolt, that was too long. It bottomed into the battery before it fully tightened the cable. It caused a similar problems. ???
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One key mentioned here is that the work has been done on the wiring harness recall. I would be looking closely at all connections. Whenever a problem arises, it is usually good form to look at what work was recently done to the bike!
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One key mentioned here is that the work has been done on the wiring harness recall. I would be looking closely at all connections. Whenever a problem arises, it is usually good form to look at what work was recently done to the bike!
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With respect, I disagree. I have had batteries that had enough power to light a dash or idiot lights, but not enough to crank a motor.

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If the battery was dead, things would not have powered up in the beginning before the button was pressed unless it was killed at that moment.
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