Any help figuring out the current problem with my 2009 Versys (garage kept, 14, XXX) would be greatly appreciated.
Started fine one morning. Drove a few miles to run errands. Started fine at store and drove home. Later that afternoon went out for another ride, turned the key and nothing. I mean absolutely nothing. No FI initiation, no lights, no horn...nothing. Totally dead.
New battery last year. Put charger on it overnight. If I recall battery read 12.7V on multimeter before I tried again the next day. Again turned key ..absolutely nothing. I suspect the ignition switch just suddenly went bad. Does that make sense? Tried to figure out how to "hot wire" it...by-pass the switch to see if I can get something to light up/turn over. Started disassembling plastic and it looks like I have to go so far as to pull gas tank to get to switch plug. Have stopped at this point and looking for help/advice.
Is there something else I can try to determine if problem is switch or could it be a short or bad ground (I am more mechanically adept than electrically adept...electric stuff seems like mysterious voodoo to me sometimes...like in this case)?
Getting to point where I think I might have to take to local shop but really would like to figure this out. I know shop is backed up and I won't see my bike back for weeks maybe a month and weather is too nice not to be out riding...plus wanting to learn.
Thanks in advance
I need some specific answers, I have them listed:
#1What happens when you key on? Have a meter connected to the battery, while testing.
#2a have you ever checked your engine ground?
#2 b Have you checked the fuses, a known problem on some bikes was tight wiring around the clutch throttle cable that would lead to a short in the wiring, on the right side of the bike. Before you attempt to tear the ignition switch apart, better to test the wiring at the socket, yes this involves removing the gas tank, if you have never done this, please say so, the 098 has a plastic bung, very easily damaged if you have never removed it, I have photos in the valve shim post of How To Forum, use vaseline when putting back together and never a further problem.
#3 Have you checked the main fuse, as to starting, a common problem is the start solenoid which really only comes into play if your fuel pump and instrumentation comes on when keying on.