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#1 newc4

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

Hot positive battery cable.

Iím a relatively new guy coming on over from the XS11 site. Iíve had my 06FJR for about a year and referenced this site when I first got it. I had to have all the warranty items done plus from Road Runner I purchased and installed the grounding harnesses.

The bike has a hot positive battery cable, hot even at the post and Iím not sure whatís going on.

Went to start the bike this morning. Tuned the key. When I pressed the starter button I heard a spark from around the D panel and it went dead. I was ready to trailer it to the Yamaha shop but decided Iíd check the fuses. As I removed the panel cover the tach needle jumped. Turned the key, hit the starter and she started right up. I was checking the battery cables and darn near burned my finger on the positive batt post. The cable was hot too. Turned it off, let things cool down, jiggled the batt cable and hit the starter. Started right up and the cable remained cool. Did it again and the post got hot. Never blew a fuse.

Iíll get into it Sunday, but what would cause this to happen?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

I suspect you positive battery cable is loose on the post or the post is broken. That is why it started after you moved the wire checking things.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

Disconnect the battery, negative first, and clean the connections. Connect negative last when reconnecting.

It may actually be broken inside the battery, though, which would mean a new battery.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:23 PM

I dunno............

penis envy????? Just guessin'
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:35 AM

There is a rubber cover on the cable end, make sure part of it didn't get pinched between the terminal end and battery post. It's easy to do when hooking up battery, don't ask how I know. :huh:
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:15 AM

Sounds like a loose connection to me.

But to heck with that - I want to see some photos of your XS11!!!
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:49 AM

Had an excess 11...it was a beast and handled the twisties like a drunkem hippo. Wish I still had the old girl. The Feej is faster and more agile tho..

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

Sounds like a loose connection to me.

But to heck with that - I want to see some photos of your XS11!!!


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:28 AM

Sounds like a loose connection to me.

But to heck with that - I want to see some photos of your XS11!!!



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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

This is my son on my 78E last year. It's a real oil burner, it needs a ring job.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:29 PM

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