On the 29th of March, 6 months into my ownership of a brand spanking new (basically) Z250SL on a 66 plate with a mere 7K miles under its little wheels, right when I thought to myself "hey this is doing alright, this is probably the heaviest rain I've ridden it in and it hasn't even spluttered" I broke down, the rear sliding round a polished and diesel covered junction due to the engine braking, a mile from home with total electrical failure. Ha. Funny. The CB250 never did that even with 93K up..
I pushed it along the road to the entrance to a farm, and stared at it. Then wiggled the key a lot. Life briefly flickered, but not much of it. More wiggling and staring. It seems to be the ignition switch but there's something not quite right about it, it feels like the flickers are more to do with me wobbling the bike rather than directly wiggling the key. As I start to strip off my waterproof onesie to get to my phone to call for assistance I try one last time, and the bugger turns on and stays home. It starts and keeps running. I hurriedly re-dress and, thankfully, I make it home.
At home I still can't figure it. Sometimes there is life, sometimes nothing, but once it does turn on I can turn it off and on again as much as I like and it works every time. I fill the ignition barrel with 3-in-1 spray but it makes no difference. I leave it, out in yet more rain.. Thank goodness it's Friday.
The next day I come back and there is no life at all. No amount of wiggling or spraying can coax it into turning on. Time to investigate. The wiring from the ignition switch runs down to this connector block:
With only a little bit of burning (a ball of solder even ran right into the gap under my fingernail, sob!) I ended up with this: