Had a strange problem yesterday... I went to start the bike in the morning and it was very difficult to get started... it would stumble and cough and die. Then it started and it seemed to be running OK so off I went.
After work, I went to start it and just got the dreaded "clicking" noise... I eventually found the positive battery terminal screw loose so I tightened it and thought I was golden but now the battery was dead. :furious:
Luckily, my buddy here at work was just leaving in his truck so I got a boost and got home. :hurray:
What I'd like to know is... is it possible for a loose connection to cause the battery to discharge? Maybe I drained it getting started that morning and due to the loose connection it couldn't recharge properly?
Maybe the battery just needs to be replaced (the bike is a 2005 650)?
Some other possible influencing factors are that I replaced the spark plugs (with NGK Iridium's) on Saturday and went for a long ride on Sunday that was fairly rough at times but without any problems. I was about 20 km up an old bush road so it's a good thing the bike didn't die then!