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the electrical power to my C50 completely died.

It's a nice warm day here in DE and I decided to take a ride to the polls and vote. I got there no problem (5 min. ride), voted, and I was stopped waiting to take a left into my driveway when my bike died completely.
No electrical power at all, nothing.

I pushed her into the driveway and popped off the seat. I thought it might be a blown fuse, but it does not appear that the 30 amp fuses are blown. The forward most fuse was very loose and back one refuses to come out at all. I don't know if this makes a difference or not. I am by no means an electrical genius.

I guess the battery could be bad, but can that happen out of no where like that?

Any idea's on what is wrong would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!

Jim
 

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Loose battery cable. These bikes are notorius for requiring very tight battery connections. You can even check for tightness and all seems ok and then you can tighten down a fraction more and it may fire right up.
 

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I've had a battery in my car die like that. Everything was fine ..........stopped for about 5 minutes, then got backin and it was dead!

Wound up being a bad cell in the battery and it caused the whole thing to "F" up. Had to buy a new battery.
 
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Yep, when the key is set to "on" I get absolutely nothing, no matter which position the kill switch is in. Although I wish that was the problem!:wayhappy:

Check your kickstand switch and your clutch switch....
 

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So what you're saying is that with the switch "ON" you have absolutely nothing, as if the battery were not even in the bike? If so I would check the battery terminals and wires (at both ends). Then the main fuse (both ends and the holder). If these are good then I would suspect the ignition switch.
 
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Mystery solved!

I first tried tightening the battery cables and the bike actually turned on. When I pressed the ignition switch there was a pop near the battery and once again complete power loss. I thought a fuse had popped but they were both good to go. I played with the battery cables again and once again the bike turned on. This time I watched the battery/fuse box area when I pressed the ignition switch. And there it was, a spark near the negative terminal.

The ground wire for the Cobra fuel processor was touching the clamp for the battery cable and arcing. I moved the grounding wire and retightened. She fired right up after that!

Thanks again to everyone that responded!
 

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Mystery solved!

I first tried tightening the battery cables and the bike actually turned on. When I pressed the ignition switch there was a pop near the battery and once again complete power loss. I thought a fuse had popped but they were both good to go. I played with the battery cables again and once again the bike turned on. This time I watched the battery/fuse box area when I pressed the ignition switch. And there it was, a spark near the negative terminal.

The ground wire for the Cobra fuel processor was touching the clamp for the battery cable and arcing. I moved the grounding wire and retightened. She fired right up after that!

Thanks again to everyone that responded!
Glad you found the problem.... and fixed it without any further damage... :wayhappy:
 
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