My electrical troubleshooting skills are slim. We pulled the fuse box. No bad fuses. Noticed that there was a 30amp in one of the "spare" slots but no 30 amp in the fuse block. Puzzling. Probably a 30 amp fuse someplace.
Mechanic arrived. Told him we had checked fuses in fuse box. He started checking for current and the second thing he did was pull the 30 amp in line fuse that I had told Andrew was a connector. Put a new fuse, bike started up and ran great.
We agreed that we had not found the problem so bike is in shop having the electrical checked. Hope we postponed our departure only one day.
Embarrassing conversation between owner of a 16 yr old bike and mechanic.
"We may have pinched a turn signal wire putting grab handles back after installing the sissy bar and luggage rack. Check there first.
We bought this bike a year ago. This is the first time it's been in a shop so please let us know if you find anything electrical or none electrical that needs fixing.
EXCEPT - note that the grab bars on the left side have nuts and washers on the inside instead of the stock blind nuts welded in frame. We're OK with that so you don't have to weld two new nuts on.
We know that the flange on the left grab bar is broken so there is one bolt holding the seat. I've been riding my Shadow like that for 10 years. Do not order a new grab bar."
Fortunately it is an independent shop used to older bikes so I THINK he was understanding. If not, he's got his Southern Manners perfected.
Update this afternoon, I hope.
Changed our reservations at Two Wheel Inn for arrival tomorrow, leave next Tuesday so no riding days lost.
God is Good.
If what ever shorted out had waited another 10 minutes we would have been going 70 on the Interstate with an 18 wheeler behind us.
2004 Shadow VT600C
1 5/8" Holey
40 tooth rear sprocket
T J Brutal Velocity Stack and Performance Jet Kit
2003 Shadow VT600CD
Vance and Hines Pipes
Last edited by tomcook; 04-22-2019 at 01:21 PM.