Main Motorcycle: Triumph STR '12
Join Date: Nov 2012
Easy Questions: Battery & Tail Light
I'm extremely new when it comes to motorcycles (like 3 months) and have no experience as a mechanic so any help at all would be great. I have a few problems:
1) I installed Clear Alternatives integrated tail lights. I just played with the wires until the turn signals worked and everything seemed fine, but I have two black wires coming from the turn signals which didn't attach to anything. I took these as the grounds and didn't know what to do with them. The instructions for the kit said they didn't need to be grounded, so I left them be. Shortly after, my batter died. Do these wires need to be grounded or did my battery just die from me not running the bike enough? (Its been sitting for a good week with no start)
2) How do I charge the battery? I know I can't do a traditional jump from a car but is there another method for jumping the bike since the battery just died.
3) While playing with the radiator cowl, I accidentally unplugged the turn signal cables from their port way inside the bike frame. I have read I need to take everything off the top of the engine to put these back together. What needs to be taken off to get to the plugs? Is there a detailed explanation or youtube video of someone removing the gas tank, etc?