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1992 yamaha timberwolf Electrical Issue

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Just picked this up at a yard sale, runs and drives..color coded wires for battery were backwards, Meaning a red wire was used for negative and a black for positive....

 

Upon bringing it home decided to boost the battery and walked away giving it a small charge prior to starting it..came back to find battery slightly smoking and my Green light for power (neutral) was no longer lit up...Still starts when i pull start it with key on.

Turn key on and no starter spin up, no lights

Id like to get my Electric start working, What could be the problem, Where does one start.

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Is it possible you put the charging leads on the wrong terminals on the battery ? Smoking battery and your explanation of what the bike is doing sounds like a battery either installed the wrong way or the charging clamps put on the wrong place.  

I would check your main fuse next to the starter solenoid.  If that’s ok I would start looking for burnt wires.  

Once I noticed the backward battery leads I would have corrected that situation ASAP and tried to figure out why! So look into that first and  go from there would be my take.  

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