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I hook up a radio and when i try to start up my bike smoke came from the wire and the bike lose all power no fuses was burn out is there some where else i can look

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

To my understanding and in some versions, there is a 30A main fuse located at the starter relay. To locate the starter relay, trace/follow the + battery cable. There would be a rubber cap. Upon removal, the big terminals would be exposed as well as the main fuse.

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