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Hello all, I hope someone on the forum has some advice :)
I bent the stock handlebars on my XT 250 and I replaced them with Protapers.
I removed everything from the old bars, put it all back together with the new bars and when I went to start it, I got nothing. Turned the key and nothing lit up on the instrument display, no whirring sound of the ignition being turned on like it used to do.
The clock display slowly fades away when I turn the key, then fades back in when I turn it back to off.
It started and ran fine before I started the work. Needled to say, Im very confused and the weather is finally nice and I can't ride :(

The only difference is that the old bars were steel and the new ones are aluminum.
Any ideas before I send into the shop?

Thanks
Kevin
 

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Check your killswitch. maybe you blew a fuse or your battery is dead. did you disconnect something and forget?
 

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Sure sounds like the battery is DEAD.....maybe because of leaving something turned ON during the change over.

You need to charge and test the battery before you do anything else.

A voltmeter would make solving this problem a lot easier.
 

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I tested with voltmeter and had 6.5volts prior to charging, still only getting 6.5v after charging over night. I't a 12volt battery.
Sounds like the battery is done for...

Battery is only two years old and never had an issue prior to this incident. I had the key out of the ignition during the changeout.
It started and ran fine before I did any work on it, I had to move it to where I was working on it.

2 years life span sounds short.. is this typical? ( this is my first bike :) )

Thx

Sure sounds like the battery is DEAD.....maybe because of leaving something turned ON during the change over.

You need to charge and test the battery before you do anything else.

A voltmeter would make solving this problem a lot easier.
 

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2 years life span sounds short.. is this typical? ( this is my first bike :) )
Sometimes, yes.
It depends on how the bike is used.......or not used.
Just sitting without running for LONG periods is really hard on the battery unless it is charged every month or so.....or put on a smart tender type charger.

After you get a new battery, charge if fully BEFORE installing it.
Then after the bike is running again, check the voltage while it is running......to see if the charging system is working or not.
 

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Hi. I'd want to clean the battery connections. If corroded they can prevent charging, starting, & accurate meter readings. And they don't always look dirty either, but will when you start using steel wool or sand paper on them. I like using alcohol on them after the sanding too. Then dielectric grease to keep them clean. Btw all this was learned the hard way, so don't feel bad.
Also, I liked the suggestion you got about checking fuses. They can also need cleaning sometimes too.
Good luck & good riding.?
 

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Do you have a 6/12 volt charger? might be on the wrong setting. (ive done it) And depends on the battery. is it Agm or standard lead acid? I had a agm motobat go bad in 2 years. Ive also had 4wheeler batteries that ive had to replace every year. Switched to a different brand.
I tested with voltmeter and had 6.5volts prior to charging, still only getting 6.5v after charging over night. I't a 12volt battery.
Sounds like the battery is done for...

Battery is only two years old and never had an issue prior to this incident. I had the key out of the ignition during the changeout.
It started and ran fine before I did any work on it, I had to move it to where I was working on it.

2 years life span sounds short.. is this typical? ( this is my first bike :) )

Thx
 
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