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Fuse blowing = total electrical failure

I just got my bike, the main fuse has been replaced with a resetable braker, the breaker overheats and the bike dies and will not be able to restart until the breaker is cold again, but the breaker heats up as soon as it is placed in the bike and drains the bikes new battery, any ideas?

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The resetable breaker could be of little amps which cannot take the load of the electricals of your bike, thus its overheating and trips off.
Surprising though it also drains the battery.
There could be some kind of a short in the wiring somewhere.
Why did they replace the main fuse in the first place? Was there any kind of problem to the electricals thn?

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Track ALL the wiring there is a short somewhere. It may be inside a bundle. Apower wire is most likely touching a ground source. Bad switches can cause this as well.

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