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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 04:00 AM
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Do you have a multimeter? This is a good post on charging system diagnostics that helped me:

In addition, I measured the current draw on the battery when the bike was off. 1.2mA for me -- seemed fine.

As for charging... I've jumped my bike from a car before. Aside from that, a battery tender jr is nice to have when you're not riding for a while. It wouldn't surprise me if regular chargers are better for the battery, but I've used my battery tender overnight to do a charge.
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Battery should be good for a couple of weeks at least, but any current draw such as an alarm reduces that time a lot. The dash draws a little - 1.2mA won't hammer the battery. Best battery life comes from not letting it get discharged below about 30% of capacity and from charging at no more than 1A.

Jumping from a car is fine, but as with any jump start there is an outside chance of damage to electronics, particularly alternator or regulator diodes, from back EMF spikes in the ignition coils if the engine of the donor vehicle is running.

The battery is a small capacity unit and you might have drained it while you were sorting out the connections for the lights if your engine wasn't running.

As for you integrated lights, if the black wires needed to be grounded the lights and indies wouldn't work. Grounding them can only increase any current draw in quiescent mode. I'd tape then up out of the way and make sure that the uninsulated ends can't touch anything.

Tank lifts on a rear hinge once the two bolts at the front are removed. There's a support rod for it under the seat - just like lifting a car hood. Don't know what else you'll have to remove, but it's usually a lot less than the book says unless you've got very big hands.

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Those black wires should be for the license plate light. If you have removed the big ugly fender you will be left with those.

you can jump off a car, but dont have it running. Or find a hill and jump on

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If you did indeed unplug the turn signal, you must lift the tank completely off, and completely remove the airbox. Getting the tank off is a real pain in the butt. You must be very careful not to snap off the elbow for the fuel line.

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Hi, I'm also new here and I also accidentally pulled the turn signal cable out lol.

I'm a lazy person so instead of taking off bunch of things, got a couple of forceps like these.
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I had to play a surgeon for a couple of minute but it was far easier than taking off the tank and the air box I think. You might want to give it a shot.
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I think these bikes can't be push started. You need enough power to drive the motronics
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I think these bikes can't be push started. You need enough power to drive the motronics
They can. Just throw it 3rd, get somebody to push, pop the clutch and keep pushing for a couple of seconds. Don't ask me how I know this...
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