Help! What have I fried?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by sharkojoints, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. sharkojoints

    sharkojoints is a bit slow sometimes..

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    Bike is a 1990 R80RT

    I am no fan of electrics, and it's something I avoid.

    I know I should have disconnected the battery straight away, but it would have helped if the previous owner had fitted a female bullet to the live...

    Anyway, whilst removing the fairing I managed to briefly ground out the red live from the battery to the ignition switch.

    The bike is coming together again now, but when I tun the ignition on I have:

    1. No lights on the dash
    2. Headlights and indicators work fine
    3. Relay to the rear of the tank clicks
    4. Starter button is dead

    Both fuses are intact.

    What should I be checking? There's nothing obvious wrong! Thanks in advance.. :cry
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  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Kill switch?
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  3. sharkojoints

    sharkojoints is a bit slow sometimes..

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    Genius.

    I am officially an idiot. :lol3
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  4. RaystheBMW

    RaystheBMW 1986 R65

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    Well good catch! Does anybody actually use their kill switch? I don't, and I don't even think I'd remember it's there in an emergency.
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    I'm pretty sure just about everyone has done that once and only once. That'll be the first thing you check next time.


    I use it. MSF really hammers that procedure into you. "Valve, key thumb" to start the bike, "thumb, key, valve" to park it. Valve = petcock, thumb = kill switch. Once it's part of your procedure you don't even think about it. The few times that I've needed to use it (stuck throttle), I went straight for it without thinking. Thanks, MSF.
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  6. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I use mine sometimes, like when I want to leave the bike in gear on a hill and my hands are too busy to reach the ignition switch. I have remembered to use it in a lay down.
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  7. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    the last time I used the kill switch, I was backing into a space in front of a restaurant and wanted to kill exhaust fumes quickly. Of course I neglected to turn off the ignition switch which I quickly forgot about and when in to eat and socialize. 2 hours later. I had killed the battery.
    So that's why they call it a kill switch!
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  8. JustinP

    JustinP Long timer

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    Look on the bright side. I'd rather feel stupid, then have a much bigger problem to deal with :rofl
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  9. Rapid_Roy

    Rapid_Roy Rachael is 1 days seizure free!

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    Thread killer!
    :lol3
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  10. sharkojoints

    sharkojoints is a bit slow sometimes..

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