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Old 07-13-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Help! What have I fried?

Bike is a 1990 R80RT

I am no fan of electrics, and it's something I avoid.

I know I should have disconnected the battery straight away, but it would have helped if the previous owner had fitted a female bullet to the live...

Anyway, whilst removing the fairing I managed to briefly ground out the red live from the battery to the ignition switch.

The bike is coming together again now, but when I tun the ignition on I have:

1. No lights on the dash
2. Headlights and indicators work fine
3. Relay to the rear of the tank clicks
4. Starter button is dead

Both fuses are intact.

What should I be checking? There's nothing obvious wrong! Thanks in advance..
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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What should I be checking?
Kill switch?
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:50 AM   #3
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Kill switch?
Genius.

I am officially an idiot.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #4
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Well good catch! Does anybody actually use their kill switch? I don't, and I don't even think I'd remember it's there in an emergency.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:11 AM   #5
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Genius.

I am officially an idiot.
I'm pretty sure just about everyone has done that once and only once. That'll be the first thing you check next time.


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Well good catch! Does anybody actually use their kill switch? I don't, and I don't even think I'd remember it's there in an emergency.
I use it. MSF really hammers that procedure into you. "Valve, key thumb" to start the bike, "thumb, key, valve" to park it. Valve = petcock, thumb = kill switch. Once it's part of your procedure you don't even think about it. The few times that I've needed to use it (stuck throttle), I went straight for it without thinking. Thanks, MSF.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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I use mine sometimes, like when I want to leave the bike in gear on a hill and my hands are too busy to reach the ignition switch. I have remembered to use it in a lay down.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:44 AM   #7
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the last time I used the kill switch, I was backing into a space in front of a restaurant and wanted to kill exhaust fumes quickly. Of course I neglected to turn off the ignition switch which I quickly forgot about and when in to eat and socialize. 2 hours later. I had killed the battery.
So that's why they call it a kill switch!
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:56 AM   #8
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Genius.

I am officially an idiot.
Look on the bright side. I'd rather feel stupid, then have a much bigger problem to deal with
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:46 AM   #10
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Look on the bright side. I'd rather feel stupid, then have a much bigger problem to deal with
Too right.

I was having nasty thoughts of melted diodes and expensive parts...

Anyway, pics of progress and (nearly) finished article on the other thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...9#post19120949

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