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Power issue I need some help.... I put a new battery in my 2001 Katana and without charging it went for a ride. When I pulled into the gas station to fill up I cut her off and that was the last I saw of any power. I tried to jump it and got nothing. I charged the battery and still get nothing. I'm at a loss. If anyone has any clue as to what I might have done or what I can do to fix it, please let me know.

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Check your connections to your fuses and to your grounds. Assuming you are connecting the jumpers up to the battery terminals, and you charged your battery back up, I can only assume that you have power at the battery. And if you checked your fuses and they are good, then it must be a problem either: 1. between the positive battery terminal and the fuses 2. between the negative battery terminal and your ground(normally a bolt on the frame) 3. between the fuses and every component on your bike(which could be your ignition switch failing, but unlikely) These connections often fail because of either loose connections or corrosion. So just a quick inspection of each connection can shed a lot of light on the problem.

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