Hi again all , guess what!
Rode about on the bikle for 2 weeks , took it up to loch long and back and now... battery charging is gubbed. Scouting about for a possible culprit but it needs a new battery every time I ride it now. For example , I travel from the other side of glasgow to maryhill every day to get to work and by the time I reach the other side it needs a new battery.
Now heres the interestying part...
On Friday , I rode it to work , EK to Maryhill , by the time I got to work , I tried to start it and it started first tiem though the display was pretty dim. So I assumed the battery was getting charge somewhat. Stopped the bike , removed the sidepanel , took off the + lead and left it at the bottom left edge of the battery. Put the sidepanel on and went into work...
Lunchtime , felt like a chinese and since the bike was working and the chinese not far away , I decided to take it. Ran up to the chinese on it, maybe 1 mile away , and went in , came back out with my grub in my bag , tried to start the bike , NAP.
Fair enough , guess I deserved that one. Chucked in the spare battery I took to work that morning , maybe 1/2 a charge in it , started up first time. Ran it back , disconnected the + lead again.
Work day done , walked out to the bike and tried to start it with the + lead in , first time! Rode it back home not missing a beat , got about 7/8 of the way home and it cut out coming down a dual carriageway. Knew the reason why it stopped , it wasnt the electrical problem , it was my fuel. I was using my full tank , not reserve and I was starting to touch on reserver when it died. While it was rolling to stop in a nearby bus stop (how convenient!) I turned the tap over to reserve. When I had rolled to a stop , I tried to start it , nope , battery flat.
So by this point , I was a bit worried but it was cool because I knew the bus which stopped at the exact bus stop i was at would take me straight to my door! Called up my parents suspecting my batteries would'nt work , they were in so they said they would bring down a battery I had charging.
While I waited , I pushed the bike onto the path and onto another conveniently placed bit of quiet road , kind of like a lay by i guess.
Took the panel off and gave it a once over for some obviously screwed conections and tried to start it again , nothing. So I though , ok , lets try the other battery in it , for the lulz.
Started first time!
On a battery I thought was flat!
Called my parents and told them Id got it started , rode it back home , not missing a beat.
Got it home and tried to start it , battery dead.
Oh the confusion!
I'm not sure what you mean jaffa. I tried to answer the questions with my duffed up (but now fixed) multimeter. Did another check yesterday , when it was starting , and everything seemed ok. Fully charged bat read 12.8V , starting it read 10V , right after starting it read 12.5V and seemed to be rising, I don't have a rev counter on the bike but when I've got it at the usual sunday drive acceleration the voltage increased a bit faster but that is to be expected , right? Perhaps I should somehow mount it to my dash and take a peak at it while I am riding normally , maybe that would point me in the right direction.
But for tomorrow I'm straight out , snapped my front brake lever bolt while switching my handlebars from the pink ones (yep , pink) to some delicious black ones.