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Hi Guys,

I had a weird problem a few days ago. The bike just died on me at a stoplight. I mean, dead. No lights. No displays. Nothing. It was like I had removed the battery. After a few minutes I got a little power back, but not near enough to get the bike to start. I got the bike home and put the battery on a tender. The battery was at about 11 volts, but it charged up just fine. Now the bike starts and runs normally. The charging system works (14+ volts at mid-rpm). The battery stays at 11 or so during start. So everything seems normal. I'm kinda at a loss, but I wonder if the negative ground is loose or corroded. I see the negative lead disappear under the tank. Where does it go from there? Is it accessible? If not, I may just run a new negative lead to a big frame bolt and see if my problem is fixed. Any other ideas?

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Jim Moore
 

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Hi Guys,

I had a weird problem a few days ago. The bike just died on me at a stoplight. I mean, dead. No lights. No displays. Nothing. It was like I had removed the battery. After a few minutes I got a little power back, but not near enough to get the bike to start. I got the bike home and put the battery on a tender. The battery was at about 11 volts, but it charged up just fine. Now the bike starts and runs normally. The charging system works (14+ volts at mid-rpm). The battery stays at 11 or so during start. So everything seems normal. I'm kinda at a loss, but I wonder if the negative ground is loose or corroded. I see the negative lead disappear under the tank. Where does it go from there? Is it accessible? If not, I may just run a new negative lead to a big frame bolt and see if my problem is fixed. Any other ideas?

Thanks,

Jim Moore
I cant say 100% for you 954, but I know all the mid/late 90's 900's all grounded from the battery to a starter mounting bolt. So give that a looksee.
 

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...and I've posted this several times. Check the stator/regulator connections (3 wires) as well as the "common" ground next to the battery. One of, or BOTH may have a little bit of this going on :eek:

 

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Yikes. I'll keep an eye out for that. As I was playing around with it a day ago I noticed my negative battery connection was a little loose. I tightened it up and everything seems OK. It's going to take a few rides before I completely regain confidence, but I think I found the problem. Thanks for the help, fellas.
 
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