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1987 XV535 completely dead? (Arlington Tx) (SOLVED)

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1987 XV535 completely dead? (Arlington Tx) (SOLVED)

Post by Crackjack535 » Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:12 pm

1987 Virago 535 spends more time on a trickle charger in the garage than on the road, but yesterday I started it up just to cycle fresh gas through the carbs. It started okay and ran fine for about 10 minutes.

Since there’s no petcock, I disconnected power to the fuel pump to let it burn off remaining fuel in the carbs.
As expected it began to sputter after a few minutes without fuel supply and eventually died.

Just to be sure the carbs were were really empty, I attempted to restart but was surprised there was barely enough power to turn the motor over and the headlight was very dim. So after a few attempts, I turned off the key and let it it sit on the charger. But even after an hour charge it wouldn’t start. The light flickered and starter gave only half a crank before everything went dark. No headlight, signals or even neutral light.

So I disconnected the battery, put it on a charger and went to bed.

This morning the battery charger indicated fully charged so I reinstalled the battery and hoped for the best. But still, no power. I fiddled with the ignition switch, kickstand switch and double checked battery connections but still nothing.

Did I blow a fuse? Short a solenoid? Fry the starter? Any ideas?

Thanks
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Re: 1987 XV535 completely dead? (Arlington Tx) (SOLVED)

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:51 am

Crackjack535 wrote:
Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:12 pm
1987 Virago 535 spends more time on a trickle charger in the garage than on the road, but yesterday I started it up just to cycle fresh gas through the carbs. It started okay and ran fine for about 10 minutes.

Since there’s no petcock, I disconnected power to the fuel pump to let it burn off remaining fuel in the carbs.
As expected it began to sputter after a few minutes without fuel supply and eventually died.

Just to be sure the carbs were were really empty, I attempted to restart but was surprised there was barely enough power to turn the motor over and the headlight was very dim. So after a few attempts, I turned off the key and let it it sit on the charger. But even after an hour charge it wouldn’t start. The light flickered and starter gave only half a crank before everything went dark. No headlight, signals or even neutral light.

So I disconnected the battery, put it on a charger and went to bed.

This morning the battery charger indicated fully charged so I reinstalled the battery and hoped for the best. But still, no power. I fiddled with the ignition switch, kickstand switch and double checked battery connections but still nothing.

Did I blow a fuse? Short a solenoid? Fry the starter? Any ideas?

Thanks
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crackjack,

You didn't mention how old your battery is and if it was a wet cell or AGM type.

Motorcycle batteries usually last 3 to 6 years depending how they are taken care of.

Prior to blaming anything else being the problem at this point. Take your battery to an auto parts store and have it load tested. Usually a free service. Batteries freshly taken off a charger will indicate 13+ volts know as a surface charge. After the battery has rested a few hours and voltage taken with a multi-meter will be 12.6 to be considered fully charged. Here's the kicker. Although the battery shows the correct voltage as fully charged. It just can't muster the Amps needed to start the bike for battery internal reasons (internal shorts). Reason for the load test. The load test will indicate if the battery is healthy, or not, Amperage wise.

Hopefully, you battery charger is 2.0 Amps or less. 750ma chargers are the best to use. Always keep the charger on the battery after every ride. I had a battery last 13 seasons prior to giving up the electronic ghost to the electronic genie in the sky. During winter months battery was kept on a 750ma charger in the basement. It was a Yuasa AGM battery.

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Re: 1987 XV535 completely dead? (Arlington Tx) (SOLVED)

Post by Crackjack535 » Sun Nov 27, 2022 4:14 pm

Joe, thanks for your reply.

The battery is an AGM that’s not quite 2 years old.

Upon further inspection I found I did blow the main 20 amp fuse. I attempted to install a replacement fuse but it started to arc even before completely plugged in even without a key in the ignition. Considering other factors such as the previously dimming headlight, I wondered if my regulator/rectifier had gone bad/shorted out. I unplugged the r/r and installed the new fuse. Afterwards the lights came on full brightness!
I subsequently replaced the r/r and things seem back to normal!
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