Strange electrical issues with new 2012 V-Strom 650
I have a new 2012 V-Strom 650 with less than 1000 miles on it. I just had the initial service done last week. I'm having a strange, and troublesome, electrical issue that manifests itself in a couple of different ways. No aftermarket electrical add-ons yet.
The most common issue occurs during starting. Every once in a while (maybe one time out of ten, but completely unpredictable) when I turn the key to the On position, the instrument panel lights up and turns on as it should, but when I hit the starter button, everything goes blank. No amount of switch flipping, or removing and re-inserting the key seems to bring it back.
At this point, I usually take off the seat, jiggle a few wires, and try again. Nine times out of ten this does the trick and the bike starts as normal. Loose connection somewhere?
The other problem I've observed—only once, thankfully—was when everything shut down during a ride. I was on the freeway, at night, and the instrument panel and lights flickered and went out. Everything came back on after a second or two and I was able to get home safely.
I've occasionally noticed the neutral light and ABS light flickering while I'm stopped at a light.
I know the best option is to take the bike to the dealer and let them run a full diagnostic, but I would feel better if I could accurately describe the problem or give them more information. Has anyone here ever experienced anything like this or have any suggestions?