Hey guys, the other day I took a short trip to the grocery store and when I went to leave I lost power.
It happened when I moved the starter switch from off to on and when I pushed it to crank the starter motor the whole bike went dead. No headlight, no instrument lights, and no starter--completely dead. I tried a few times and eventually it came back to life and started.
I figure I need a new starter/kill switch but before I buy am I correct to assume this was caused by the starter switch? I can see the starter switch causing a no-crank issue but can it cause the entire bike to go dead?
Okay feeling pretty stupid now...went to check the voltage at the fuses as you described and discovered the negative battery cable was loose. Owning a 40yo motorcycle is driving me crazy. I always assume something bigger is wrong.