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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-13-2018, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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need some technical/maintenance help?

Hey Gang,

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.

Thanks

GAK
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Edit: did not realize the age of the post. Forgive my ignorance. Ha!

Have you checked voltage at the battery while running? May be irrelevant, but my 01 r6, the gas light would come on first, then the dash would die. Turned out to be a bad charging system.

Have you gotten your hands on a service manual?
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