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post #1 of 8 Old 04-14-2014, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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2012 - with 17,000 miles. Recently added Eastern Beaver PC8, two power ports, Datel volt meter and Oxford heated grips. Everything working fine. Went for a 300 mile ride Saturday with no problems, meter reading in the 14 + all day. Went for a short ride Sunday and again meter in the 14 +. Stopped to take some photos and walked around taking in the views. Jumped back on to head home and the meter showed dropping from the 14teens to 13 teens. Nothing on or plugged in. Pulled over to double check all wiring and fuses. everything checked out OK. Heading for home as it continued to drop until dying 1/2 mile from home. Suggestions? Leaving for Alaska in less then 60 days. This doesn't inspire a warm fussy feeling at the moment.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-14-2014, 08:16 PM
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First charge and check your battery. Once you have verified that it is good or you replace it, then start checking the charging system. Which means AC output from the stator, and charging voltage at the battery. That one should be easy since you already have the DC voltmeter. I know your bike is a 2012 and usually batteries don't go bad in such a short time, but sometimes they can fail suddenly.
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Double check that all battery and new connections are tight. Seems too coincidental that failure would occur within a few miles of new installations.

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Thanks for your suggestions. Seems odd with approximately 500 miles of the new install to have it change so suddenly after parking for 30 minutes. I had to leave town shortly after getting it back home. Battery was on charge and seemed to be taking the charge just fine. I'll double check all connections again when I return home. My past experience the only thing coincidental is someone telling it's coincidental. ya that's never panned out for me. Totally agree with you trapperdog.

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First charge and check your battery. Once you have verified that it is good or you replace it, then start checking the charging system. Which means AC output from the stator, and charging voltage at the battery. That one should be easy since you already have the DC voltmeter. I know your bike is a 2012 and usually batteries don't go bad in such a short time, but sometimes they can fail suddenly.
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It is, but I didn't pay close enough attention to what was originally posted. So the battery is drained and will need a charge. But I missed the part about the recently installed stuff. I think trapper dog is on the trail with thinking to check the connections and double checking all the recently added items.
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Even if the battery were going bad, it should run just fine if the bike's charging system is doing its job. I'm also getting a Datel, as I'm paranoid about stator and rectifier problems. Had a stator go out on a Ninja and without a meter there's no way to know it's a problem until too late. I think as soon as I noticed the voltage was dropping, I would unplug the headlights to help preserve the battery for the ignition circuits.

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