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Instrument cluster failure - dead clocks

By nanookotn - Posted on 07 March 2010

A few weeks ago I decided to replace the battery as it was pretty tired and had left me stranded. I bought a good aftermarket battery and then followed the instructions in the workshop manual scrupulously in the order of disconnection/reconnection. When I turned the ignition back on I found the insrument cluster had died: no speedo, tacho, warning lights, indicator repeater, engine lights. The only things working were the sidestand warning, neutral and oil pressure lights. The engine still started and ran fine but trying to ride without getting nicked is... problematic.
I contacted the local Aprilia dealer who immediately recognised the problem over the phone and informed me that the only fix they knew was to replace the instrument cluster at a mere £400 or so. They told me that they had come across this before and it was a well known problem. So if it's well known, will Aprilia do anything about it? I emailed Aprilia via the website and I'm still waiting for a reply...
An internet search has come up with a web page dedicated to this problem: I haven't tried the repair yet, that's a job for tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.

And while I love riding my Capo, it is too unreliable and build quality is a bit poor. I've had the common coil problem, fasteners have dropped out, the battery carrier bolt rusted solid (what a stupid place to put it!), starter motor failed and minor electrical glitches. It has to go so I'm buying a V-Strom 1000, as my last Suzuki went for 15000 miles with nothing more than servicing. Best of luck with your Italian iron.






Did you ever had any coil problems?
Yes with coil 1
Yes with coil 2
Yes with coil 3
Yes with coil 4
Total votes: 8