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post #1 of 6 Old 08-25-2019, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Two years ago I bought my 2006 dl650 with about 80.000 miles on it. After the first few months of riding the first problems started. On some occasions the battery would be dead after just driving it. On other occasions the battery would stay normal for weeks on after before the problem would start again. The battery was fine and so was the charging system on the bike. This problem resolved itself after a while so I was happy.

Recentley however, new electrical problems started. At first the low beam would be out. High beam worked fine. I checked online for a solution and I have cleaned the starter button, the left handlebar controls, checked the big connector in the left fairing, the connectors on the back of the radiator, and the fuses.

The low wil work sometimes, but not always. I also had a problem with the indicators that would not work sometimes. On top of this, I noticed that the computer had reset itself one time because the clock on the dash went back to 1 pm when I started the bike.

What can cause these problems? A break in one wire seems not the case to me because I have multiple issues. Could it be a bad ground or something else? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-25-2019, 11:47 PM
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First place to start is the battery cables.

They need to be clean and tight at the battery, at the solenoid and where the earth cable bolts to the motor.

That will not explain the low beam but it could explain the charging problems and the clock reset.
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Good info from Rolex. Often when you have multiple unrelated electrical problems the only common thing is grounds.

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Thanks for the replies!

Where could I find the earth cables that bolt to the motor? Is it on the back of the engine case?
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It would be a good idea to install a headlight relay, Eastern Beaver makes one. It won't fix the headlight problem, but prevents it from happening. One thing to check is the headlight switch, look for burnt contacts, often times you can clean these up and it will fix the headlight issue. A typical problem, it happened to me.

As far as the intermittent battery problem, I'm not sure, it may or may not be part of the headlight problem. As you may know stators are notorious for failing on these bikes, but being your seems to be intermittent is confusing.

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Lay down just back of the rear brake lever side and look towards the front sprocket, you will see the earth strap connection to the gearbox near the R/H side. A bit out of the way to get to. Other threads on earthing / ground discussions, https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom...al-ground.html and https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...t-concern.html
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