Join Date: Sep 2018
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need some technical/maintenance help?
I just signed up an account so I could post a questions....I tried to do so on the maintenance forum but it wouldn't let me. Not sure that's the right place or maybe I just need a mod to approve my account first?
Anyhow, I'll introduce myself and give y'all a run down of what i'm dealing with.
So I am a long time rider, I had an RZ350 (blue n yellow) from about 92 through to 99...I road the crap outta that thing and did most of the maintenance on the bike myself...on that simple 2 cycle, it was pretty easy.
Then came a wife, career, kids, etc and I hadn't been on a bike in about 20 years...until my wife sent me a craigslist postings for a 2003 R6 with 80,000km listed for $3200 w helmet, jacket, gloves, n boots. Ah gotta say I love this woman! ;)
Anyhow took it for a quick test drive and said HELL YA, I'll take it. She was a little shocked but the price point made it easy enough!
So it road great for about 6 weeks and then I started noticing a bug. On the highway at speed, the entire instrument panel was going dark and then coming back online...engine performance was unaffected. When it did so, the Odometer and trip O would reset to zero s it was like a total power down. Anyhow, when it was happening once in a blue moon, i wasnt too worried. But now the dash is cutting in and out nonstop every trip. When i turn it on, often the dash doesnt light up and I either retry until it lights up OR i jump start it. Once it is running the dash cutting will still cur in and out but it doesnt affect operations at speed or at idle.
Anyhow I am a cheap SOB and I hate the idea of paying a shop to do something I might be able to do (ie lose connection, blown fuze, moisture in a relay, etc). While I doubt its a fuze, a loose connection is a definite possibility in my mind with the odometer reseting when it goes dark? A few pieces of back ground, bike has been garage stored (not exposed to rain based on my knowledge and the key tumble is worn/sticky). I dont think a sticky/faulty key tumbler is at fault tho due to the OD resetting after it goes dark (ie its a total power loss).
Any one have any solid ideas as to the root cause? I am going to down load the manual and try and figure what connectors i might check and where they are located but if anyone had any tips or ideas, I'd appreciate it.