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MK-1 BIG Electrical problems

First I was all set to post when I noticed this is a zero post member. This keeps coming up, why not do like everyone else , give your info and your in, no post needed, or make it 1 post and a set time limit. I am tired of saying make 2 posts , this is 100% wrong, it is 2020 , instant is good.

I removed some personal stuff, what I am about to say is if you want photos/ diagrams PDF photos which have copyright protection, they need to be protected, that is what I have been doing in the Members Only Forum ,yes a lame excuse but it is like trying to go up a down escalator getting anything done by administration, so you take what you can get. What we need is something like we had 5 years ago, we had the V650 and a subforum V1000.
Not talking about admin. X300 , but a sub forum named Technical Discussions Related to Topics Of How To Forum, same settings as member only, any full member can post.

So someone wants to give a crack at it, go for it, just don't post anything copied out of the service manual or any links to a PDF file . You want my involvement next week, someone will need to be OK with me moving it temporarily to Member Only and say so. You post some valuable photos and would like to share them, say so, no permission and they will become lost in 3 weeks, I ain't looking. Before I assumed that if you took the trouble of posting photos, you would want to share them, I copied into How To, many don't realize you need something like 20 posts to get there ( not my decision) Yes I am on Holidays, working on my bike, getting the itch to ride. All this crap I posted above,I will remove Monday and I just may vanish.

So here is the questions, expect to remove the gas tank and do a relay test, which involves that PDF relay drawing which isn't getting posted here. See you guys.

I have an 09 Versys that I bought off the original owner in 2017. She was running without problems until last summer when suddenly the battery started draining overnight. I would recharge it and the same thing would happen, so clearly current was being drawn despite the bike being off.

I opened the bike to expose the headlight assembly / instrument cluster, and discovered that the original owner had installed after-market headlights and an after-marlet horn.

The wiring work that was done was... I'm not sure how to describe it... A real mess... There are relays all over the place, about 5 rolls of electrical tape, nothing soldered, wires connected using large household twist connectors...

I want to remove all of the after-market stuff and either return it to OEM or properly install new after-market headlights.

1. Would you be able to point me to a video or wiring diagram that shows the wiring harness? I can't seem to find anything.

2. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should install?

At the moment, when you turn then key to on, the instrument cluster lights up as usual, but as soon as you press the start button, the horn button or anything else, the instrument panel shuts down.

Your input would be appreciated. Also, I don't know if you do remote support but I am happy to pay for guidance.

{ I am retired, don't get paid for this Super Mod and frankly I am not appreciated, I won't say I am a expert at Electrical but my nickname was given to me as I am what I call a specialist in electrical ( Wizard , had to add one because all kinds of wizards out there ) I was dumped on everything electrical that no other professionals could solve, every once in a while I got lucky and got a easy call, just a blown 350 amp frequency drive fuse .
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 06:36 PM
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Sounds like a parasitic drain from a burn closed relay to me, Correct me if I am wrong cause that is what I would look at first.
I would like to say that I for one appreciate your sharing your knowledge and time.But I get it, If someone does not follow the rules---- well not getting a question answered is to be expected. Relax and enjoy your holiday.
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Onewizard, you are the hardest working man in the moderator business! I appreciate all the help you have given also particularly in the electrical realm. I remember when I first got my Kawi and came here I did all my own research on mods using the Versys Forum search bar first. So I understand what Im doing and the why or why not. Over the years Ive noticed the same questions come up over and over like clockwork from new members. Elementary stuff. Folks dont like to look up their questions first, they want someone to solve it for them. This makes for a lot of work for you all who are unpaid. Maybe if all the topics like "How to" were in one easy package you wouldnt have to keep repeating stuff. Just give them the link..
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