Just got the dang thing and stranded!

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    coffee_brake New Member

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    I got the bike home but it wasn't petty.

    I've had the '95 just a few weeks. Took a weekend motorcycle camping trip to the mountains of North GA, bike rode great, no problems.
    The first morning at camp the bike was a little slow to start but turned over all day. The second day away the bike was the same, slow to start but it made it. At the first gas stop on the long ride home, I parked pointing downhill just in case. Sure enough, it wouldn't start, barely turned over, and I bump-started it and got back on the road.
    Halfway home I knew of a bike shop so I stopped and grabbed a battery.
    The sealed battery in the bike looked new but was too hot to touch!
    I got it out with gloves, could smell the acid coming out of it. THE CONNECTIONS AT THE SOLENOID ARE MELTED.
    I got the new battery in but multimeter showed no charging.
    Pulled the headlight and tail light connectors and hauled butt home with no lights before dark.
    I have to do a bunch of homework but by the looks and feel of the heat damage, it's gonna need parts.
    The new battery was losing acid and just as hot as the old one when I got home, glad the bike didn't catch fire.
    If anybody already knows the threads or links I'll be searching for, I'd be really grateful.
     
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    That link of my thread that Driving Pete made reference to above is just a thread about another thread made to allow for an easy search. That thread itself really has little tech information by Mellow Dude. By all means, read if you wish, but the link embedded in the first post on this thread is where you want to go. That thread is chock full of valuable information being researched by Mellow Dude.
     
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    Perfect, I was hoping there was a "drill."
    My first two VFRs were 1986 700 and 750, I brought the 700 back from the dead. It melted the stator connectors in the years I had it, but at very low miles. This 95 is not charging at all, so I'm in new territory.

    THANKS!!!
     
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    classic honda electricks.
     
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    A. presence of heat means there’s current flowing.
    B. not chargjng battery means current from R&R is not flowing into battery.

    Therefore, you have SHORT CIRCUIT that is flowing current that should be going into battery to ground instead. This short is also draining current from battery, causing it to overheat.

    This is easily diagnosed and fixed in 5-minutes or less with multi-meter.

    Do you have multi-meter and know how to use it to measure:
    - voltage
    - current
    - and resistance?
     
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    I'm finally able to get the bike apart and see tonight. I'm not the best with a multimeter but I own one and The Drill is pretty clear how to check.
     
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    hot battery means overcharging, so a new r/r is needed before excess voltage destroys the cdi box.
     
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