So the Striple is in the shop.
It overheated on me the other night while on a ride through Los Angeles (cruising speeds for a couple of hours, with short highway burn back into Hollywood). I regretfully wasn't paying attention to the temp gauge when all of a sudden the bike started bogging as if it were running out of gas. I luckily was able to pull into a gas station and inspected the bike. I had plenty of gas and the engine was smoking slightly. I let it cool off for a good 20 mins and tried starting it to no avail. It was as if the battery drained for some reason and didn't have enough amps to turn over the engine. After a few failed attempts at starting the dash went dead. No lights, no response when hitting the starter.
So I tow it home and trickle charge the battery over night. I noticed the coolant reservoir was below the minimum mark and after looking around the bike saw dried up coolant on the main hose coming out the front of the engine.
The next day I put the battery back in and refilled the coolant to the max line. The bike started right back up and ran fine. I took it to work and kept my eye on the temp gauge all day and things were looking good. Good enough to decide to ride it out to the dealership the next day to get it looked at under warranty just in case!!
Well I never made it to the dealer............it died on me again.
This time it didn't over heat at all. It was running great all along the highway. My low gas light came on, so I got off an exit and that's when things went bonkers!!! I got sudden surging of the engine. I thought the throttle was stuck, but that wasn't it. I downshifted, still the engine was surging. The dash started flickering like crazy and the dash went dark again. The bike was still bogging like crazy, revving up and down so I pulled into a lot and hit the kill switch.
The same outcome happened like the other night. The bike wouldn't fire up. The dash would light up sometimes then go dead when I hit the ignition switch. The coolant level was fine this time though, so no evidence of overheating, but there sure is some sort of fun electrical gremlin having a field day now! I tried checking fuses, but opted to just get another tow.
The bike is at SoCal Triumph currently and getting looked at. I will update this thread once information comes in. I'm hoping this doesn't turn into an electric circus show. Time will tell.