Okay, so I have an EEG (Evil Electrical Gremlin) haunting my ride. It started with dimming headlights after several hours of riding, then the turn signals became intermittent. Then, after several hours of riding, it would not start intermittently. I know what you're thinking...BATTERY! But, I don't think that's the problem. It's not that it had a weak start, it just plain wouldn't start, zip, nada, nothing. I thought it was one of BMWs many switches to thwart its riders. I turned the ignition on, then off, then moved the kickstand, changed gears, did a rain dance, everything, and, yes, checked the kill switch. Then, out of nowhere, it would start up without a hesitation.
On my last ride (this weekend), the bike would not turn off, meaning after turning the key off and removing it from the ignition, the lights stayed on and on and on and on. I had an emergency repair (to be posted later) to get me through the ride and home.
Any ideas? Have any other GTs done this?
I think this weekend's problem is the result of a stuck relay (EEG #1). But, I think I've got more than one EEG. EEG #2: I think it may be as simple as a loose connection for the wacky turn signals/dimming headlight/intermittent starting. The reason being, it always runs perfectly during the first part of the ride. It only becomes problematic after riding for several hours. I wonder if a loose connection is causing heat buildup at the location which could result in decreased or intermittent conductivity.
It was mentioned, that these bikes have bad ground wires. Could that be the problem? And, is this something I should try to fix myself, or should I just cave and take it to a dealer?