Hi guys! I just signed up a minute ago and this will be my first thread.
So to set things up, I've been riding actively for about a month now, with no problems except for intermittent stalling on downshifts. One morning I get my bike ready to go to work, turn the key, flip the switch, engage the starter and *Bzzzzzt*. The noise wound down more with each press and the lights dimmed darker and darker.
I assumed it was a low battery, so I kicked myself for not using a battery tender and bought a small duracharge from cyclegear. The bike is used and the previous owner hooked up the tender cable so I just plugged it right in. After 2 days of charging the light turned green. Excited, I unplugged everything, got my keys and turned ignition to on.
Everything looked good. The lights were on and nothing appeared amiss. I flipped the engine switch and pressed the starter button. The moment I hit that button the bike made some loud buzzing/popping noises and all the lights went out. I was pretty bummed since I had just spent 2 days waiting for a charge. My first thought was that the main fuse went out so I got into the starter relay and pulled the fuse. Much to my surprise the fuse was perfectly fine.
I am a complete
novice when it comes to bikes in general, but it appears that the battery has a fill line and there's no fluid inside. I also noticed the breather vent and it seems the hose came off some time ago. Battery acid looking corrosion is all along the side of the battery.
To make matters more confusing, one device does seem to function. The previous owner installed some heated grips directly to the battery. When I turn the key, the grips function perfectly and the heat settings can be toggled with no problems.
What could be going wrong here!?
Thanks in advance, everyone.