Where was the Raider stored for the two weeks it wasn't in use?I'm thinking maybe rodents chewed up a plug wire or two.After 5 or 6 tanks it can't be the fuel.Disregard my input if the bike was stored in a pest free zone.
Got my hands dirty with the bike today. Did some needed maintenance and tightened the suspension while I was at it. Today she got new plugs, oil change with new oil filter, seafoamed the throttle bodies (that was fun...and loud...and smokey hahaha), and I checked all ignition type wiring (coils and all the wires under the tank). The battery was pretty much dead though, and this is a newish battery. I think I need to switch to a slower trickle charger. (Mine is minimum 2A, whereas the battery recommends 1A slow trickle over 5 to 10 hours).No signs of worn or broken wires. I made sure the spark plugs wires were down firm when I put the new plugs in.Went for a 15 minute ride with no problems. Guess I'll know for sure on my next commute (tomorrow)
A battery tender is basically for people who let their bikes sit up over winter right ? Or would it still be a good idea to have on on their at night when its not bein road ?
So it sounds like your whole issue was the battery? Not that doing all the other stuff would hurt anyway. Glad you got it worked out.
They are both from earlier models, before the part # changed..I wonder if they are the ones that there seemed to be a production problem with..? Both are used.. I'd rather wait for the factory new.. on there not being a problem with them... Cool for looking though..
That's a very good idea. I think I expect a lot from my electrical system this time of year.The days are shorter, so I use my running lights full time on my commute. (there are 2 of them at 55W each) + I wear my full suit of heated gear (socks, pants, jacket liner and gloves) That's got to be eating up that battery.