I apologize in advance for the length but I feel that its better to be overly descriptive whenever an issue arises
Here's what happened:
A group of motorcycles from my area (all ICE except for mine) decided to gather for a group ride. Since I hadn't ridden yet this year, I decided that I would join them for the first time. The meet up point was the local mall. Up to this point, my bike had been in the garage plugged in for the winter for probably about 5 months. I unplugged it, set the tire pressures, and set off. Made the 8 mile ride to the mall without issue.
After talking and waiting for others to arrive, we set off for our trip. Not even one mile in, I noticed that I wasn't getting any regen while braking (I primarily ride in custom mode 100% torque, 0% throttle regen, 100% brake regen, top speed 102). This isn't the first time I've had this happen, a key cycle has always fixed this in the past. So I figured that I would cycle the key quickly while we were stopped at a red light to reset the system. This turned out to be a mistake, or a blessing, depending on how you look at it.
When the bike turned back on, I no longer had any response from the throttle. The display was still showing 87% battery remaining but i couldn't get it to move. At this point, the warning lamp on the dash began flashing, one blink then a pause then three more flashes and then repeat. I was now powerless at the red light and it of course turns green. So I coasted it onto the sidewalk and began troubleshooting, my fellow riders pulling off into the distance. (Not that it's pertinent to the story but they did notice my disappearance within a mile or so. I told them to go on without me)
I attempted a few more key cycles, I tried putting the kickstand up and down, even cycling the kill switch, all to no avail. When I switched the dash to display error codes, it read 0001 (which i was unable to locate what this meant). As a last ditch effort, I removed the cover on the BMS and pressed the reset button. Still nothing.
I eventually decided to push the bike back into the mall and up to the building. (This is the possible blessing I mentioned earlier. I was still next to the mall instead of being stuck in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road) At this point, I was hoping that a quick plug in to an outlet would bring the throttle back to life. My newest issue was locating an outlet to use. After searching around and finding nothing, I went into the information/security office to request permission to bring it into the mall to an outlet right next to the door. They refused to allow it inside, but they did direct me to the ONE outlet they knew of outdoors. Of course it was at the other end of the mall from where my bike was because that's my luck. Nonetheless, I pushed it around to the outlet and plugged it in.
After just a few minutes of charging, I decided to try the throttle again. Still no response. So I left the bike turned on and plugged it back it. After a few different combinations of plugging in, unplugging, and key cycles, success! I got the throttle to respond again. So I put the kickstand down to put the cord away and put my gear back on. When I put the kickstand up to leave, the green "ready to go" light came back on the dash but I had lost throttle and the warning light began flashing again, same pattern as before.
At this point I plugged it back in and began searching this forum to find if this had happened to anyone else. I found a couple other instances where other owners had the same problem. The fix seemed to be charge to 100% and magically it'll work again. Since I wasn't going anywhere anyways and I was already at 88%, I figured I'd give it a shot.
After about 40 minutes, the display read 98%. Now, a new interesting symptom emerged. The charger was now turning on and off, verified by both the dash and the app. The charger would activate for a few seconds, then off for a few seconds, then back on. During this time, the charging indicator was remained blinking at its normal pace. However, the time to full display would cycle between 12 minutes and zero minutes in sync with when the app showed charge coming in. I decided that this was close enough and decided to give the throttle another go. Still no response even with 100% battery.
I messed around with plug and key cycle combinations and managed to get the throttle to respond once more. This time I carefully held the bike up and got ready to ride again without using the kickstand. I got on the bike and everything seemed to be working. I immediately got on the highway and rode home as fast as traffic would allow.
The one malfunction I noticed during my ride back was once again the regen. For lack of a better term, it was "stuttering". Basically, it felt like it was activating ABS when regenerative braking. (When I say ABS, I'm equating it to the pulsation felt in the brake pedal when ABS activates in a car) I'm aware that my 2014 is not equipped with ABS, this just the best analogy I can think of to describe the feeling. The power/regen display on the dash confirmed that it was being caused by the regen. It would basically flicker whenever it went until regen. I decided to switch to sport mode since that employs the least amount of regen and managed to make it the rest of the way home.
The bike is now in the garage charging once more. I have no idea what the problem was/is. The only thing i can think of is that the pack is unbalanced. Before I unplugged it at the mall, the app showed a cell balance of around 50 mV even at 98% charge. I'm hoping that this was a one time fluke caused by being in storage for so long.
However, this incident has severely diminished my trust for my motorcycle. My bike only has a little over 3000 miles on it and only sees the outside on warm, dry, sunny days (a rare commodity here in upstate N.Y.). The length of my rides is already limited by the size of the battery since I don't have any form of quick charging, only the onboard charger. Admittedly, the SR has never failed me before today and I bought it brand new. But the 2 ICE motorcycles I owned before this (also purchased new) never left me stranded and I put many more miles on those, even through inclement weather.
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