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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday's Ride was Today's Repair

Well, it had been about a week since I was able to take a much needed wind therapy ride.
So last night around 6:30 or so I threw on my leather and got My Glide ready for a little jaunt.
I checked the air pressure with the FOBO, all the lights to make sure they're all working properly, put some fuel additive in as I was going to stop and fill up at my favorite Sunoco before heading out.
I start off, tunes playing nicely and head to The Sunoco only to find it's closed.
Decisions, is this the way My Ride is going to go, I hope not.
I head out up the road to find a safe place to stop and light My Cigar.
Once I am all ready I figure a few miles up the road and I'll hit the Shell station.
I stop and fuel up then jump on the highway to get some much needed wind therapy.
I'm cruising along jamming to The Tunes playing so well when all of a sudden I can't lower the volume.
I continue on for quite a while because at 65 - 70 high volume isn't a problem.
As I get to the exit I want I decided to turn off the headunit and see if that helps.
It did. I jump back on the highway for the ride home and wouldn't you know it, it happens again.
I push the left thumb control down to lower the volume and it raises it.
I push the right thumb control to change the source and it stops playing.
I decided to turn the headunit off and back on and just let play what was playing.
When I finally returned home I was baffled at the way the thumb controls were working.
I figured I had a problem with the aftermarket thumb control unit which I had just replaced.
Speed forward to this morning, I jump on the good old Interwebs and start searching.
Nada!!! Nothing, Never happened to anyone else? Oh boy here we go!
I decide to go check My Glide and it's still going wacky. I manually change everything from USB to Auxiliary to XM and it all does the same things, crazy.
So I decide to make some notes to get ready to contact the aftermarket company for some much needed assistance.
I start to head inside when it hits me, pull the 40 Amp Main Fuse and reset everything.
Wow, what a brainstorm. I loosen the left saddle bag remove the side cover and pull the fuse.
I turn the ignition on, nothing, good. I return the fuse, turn the ignition on again and lo and behold everything is working properly.
I couldn't believe it. I don't know what caused the issues because I keep My Glide connected to a Battery Tender.
I'm just glad I did what I did before I contacted anyone and made a fool of myself.
Word to self, "When You Head Out For a Ride and The Unexpected Happens (Closed Sunoco) Go Home (LMAO!!!)".
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Hey Mike, glad itís working good again! Electrical stuff can get freaky at times lol. At first I thought you you were going to say electrical problems throughout the bike and volt regulator went bad, which has been common lately. Great to hear that it was nothing major! You never know with bikes sometimes. Things catch you by surprise lol. The other day after a long ride,I noticed some slight sounds in my primary that appears to be compensator going bad. I thought that issue was fixed with the 14í models and up but nothing is ever failure proof I guess lol. Canít complain,never had mechanical issues with any of my 4 Harleys and this bike has 19k miles on it now. Will drain oil and remove cover to check things out. If so,was thinking of getting a Baker compensator instead of Harleys S.E. What do you think?
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How old is your battery? The reason I ask is that I had battery that I always kept on a tender. Well I started getting weird stuff like you described and had it tested. Battery tested OK, so I started looking at my connections and trying to figure out what the heck could be going on. Decided to take the battery to a different place to have it tested and it came back as having bad cells. Replaced the battery and no more gremlins.
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Hey Mike, glad itís working good again! Electrical stuff can get freaky at times lol. At first I thought you you were going to say electrical problems throughout the bike and volt regulator went bad, which has been common lately. Great to hear that it was nothing major! You never know with bikes sometimes. Things catch you by surprise lol. The other day after a long ride,I noticed some slight sounds in my primary that appears to be compensator going bad. I thought that issue was fixed with the 14í models and up but nothing is ever failure proof I guess lol. Canít complain,never had mechanical issues with any of my 4 Harleys and this bike has 19k miles on it now. Will drain oil and remove cover to check things out. If so,was thinking of getting a Baker compensator instead of Harleys S.E. What do you think?


Thanks Bro!
Electrical gremlins can be a real biatch.
As far as compensators I changed the compensator on My 2012 Custom to a Vulcan Solid Sprocket a few years ago and havenít had any problems since. I did add the Baker Attitude Adjuster Primary Chain adjuster also and was running ATF type F trans fluid but just changed to Spectro Heavy Duty Primary Chaincase Oil.
Iíve read good things about The Baker Compensator and I really like their products so I wouldnít hesitate using one.
If I can be of any assistance please let me know.
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How old is your battery? The reason I ask is that I had battery that I always kept on a tender. Well I started getting weird stuff like you described and had it tested. Battery tested OK, so I started looking at my connections and trying to figure out what the heck could be going on. Decided to take the battery to a different place to have it tested and it came back as having bad cells. Replaced the battery and no more gremlins.


I believe I replaced the battery at the beginning of last season Iíd have to check to be sure. Whenever I have a problem that is battery related I always buy a new one. Iím thinking I may have gotten a surge or spike from the Battery Tender causing the electrical problems. Once I removed the 40 Amp Main Fuse it reset all the electrical values and everything started working properly.
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Thanks Bro!
Electrical gremlins can be a real biatch.
As far as compensators I changed the compensator on My 2012 Custom to a Vulcan Solid Sprocket a few years ago and havenít had any problems since. I did add the Baker Attitude Adjuster Primary Chain adjuster also and was running ATF type F trans fluid but just changed to Spectro Heavy Duty Primary Chaincase Oil.
Iíve read good things about The Baker Compensator and I really like their products so I wouldnít hesitate using one.
If I can be of any assistance please let me know.
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Thanks Mike, Baker does have a great reputation and may go that route. The Harley one has plastic pieces to glue on inside of primary and guessing it catches oil and directs it onto compensator for better lubrication. Not crazy about that design lol. Going to open it up and take a look and inspect the chain tensioner too. Is your Baker tensioner manual?
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Thanks Mike, Baker does have a great reputation and may go that route. The Harley one has plastic pieces to glue on inside of primary and guessing it catches oil and directs it onto compensator for better lubrication. Not crazy about that design lol. Going to open it up and take a look and inspect the chain tensioner too. Is your Baker tensioner manual?
The Baker Tensioner is manual.
I had the Hayden one but had trouble with that so I went to the Baker Attitude Adjuster and no problems.
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Glad you got it resolved Mike!

Electrical stuff can be a head-scratcher?
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Glad that was a quick and free fix.
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Sometimes I think "Holy Smoke" where is motorcycling going! Just ride! Do you need music in the ear other than the song of the wind? More stuff = more problems. Pull it all out and just RIDE!
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