this was by buddies bike he bought about 3 weeks ago. yesterday we went for a ride and got home about 10:00pm. about 11 or so his neighbor starts bangin on his door tellin him his bike is on fire. the fire report concluded that it was definitely electrical considering they were shocked twice. the fire started an hr after the bike was off. he took the bike back to suzuki and they were saying they did not know what they can do because they did not know how many times the bike had been started. my buddy was pissed. i told him he should have gotten a kawi. but now there is no one in my town i like ridding wit.[V]
I honestly think maybe he pissed someone off on the road and they followed him back and lit his bike up. I mean, unless there's something on the bike that'll sustain a spark/fire from within the subframe, there's no way an electrical prob could've done that. The battery maybe, but to light up the whole back end with a sustained fire...not likely.
yeah I could see maybe arc welding a couple pieces of metal together, but that would take a hell of a lot more current than that battery is putting out I'd say. There isn't anything in the rear of the bike to burn other than the tire, either. If the tire caught fire, it'd burn for a while.
i talked to him he said it was the battery. after the firefighters put it out once he had to call them again because it was about to start up again. he also said that the firemen were shocked twice touching the bike. he does have insurance but i think that the dealer should cover it.
suzuki has an even worse warranty than kawi. from what i hear, all services MUST be done at an authorized shop. no DYI. change your own oil, and they find out, warranty VOID.
but damn..what kind of battery they putting in those things??
did it have a "self repairing frame welder" a few errant sparks..and poof!
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