One of the members on the private SR FB group let me know that some of the newer members whose bikes are the more recent models may be having their bikes exhibiting the following symptoms (the procedure below is written by Seb of Luna Cycle):
- Dashboard, head lights, tail lights, USB port flashing ON & OFF five times after switching the
ignition to ON and dies completely, then 30 second pause and it flashes again and again in a
endless loop. The flashes are quick in a constant pulse, about 1 sec per ON/OFF cycle.
- It’s also possible that the Dashboard, head lights, tail lights, USB port will only flash once and
shuts off completely. That symptom can be also a bad BMS but best is to try that procedure to
see if the issue can be resolved with it.
- If you measure the voltage from the charge port and unplug the battery once the BMS is
tripped you will monitor the voltage go down (can be 0V up to 40V) for about 30 secs and then
it should go back to were it was depending on your state of charge.
The procedure is simple and can be done with basic tools and electric knowledge. Here is Seb’s procedure to fix it (thank you Seb!):
- 2.5mm hex key
- Philips head screwdriver
- Wire cutter and stripper (capable of stripping 22 & 26 awg wires)
- Plier, Vise grip, long nose, any plier will do.
- Adhesive (can be RTV, Silicone, hot glue) to replace the adhesive on the battery post.
• The Luna Sur-Ron battery hack kit (just ask for one)
• Or just a piece of wire, a fork or ring terminal, butt crimp and piece of heat shrink.
Note: The battery can be at any state of charge for this procedure, while the wire is “live” you cannot
get shocked by it. But if by mistake you short-out the positive and negative terminals of the battery (the
2 buss bars where the 3 red and 3 black wire are secured to) then you will get a good spark, so pay
attention to not put any metallic tools inside the battery!
Remove the 10 hex screws around the top of the battery
Gently pull the top off and make sure that the gasket does not get ripped or damaged
Put the gasket back into the BMS top cover groove
Locate the 7 wire ribbon cable and separate using a utility knife/blade the last 2 wires on the
left from the rest. Pay attention not to cut the insulation off the wires. If it happens use some
electrical tape to re-insulate the wire. Do not pull the wires from the connectors.
Locate and cut the second to last wire off the ribbon cable. This wire from now on will be
called the B16 wire. Make sure to leave an inch from the connector as it be easier to insulate
this wire later.
Remove the adhesive from the first positive battery post (red wire, left side on the previous
Loosen the Philips head screw enough so the fork terminal will fit in between the battery
main positive wire and the washer. Tighten the screw back.
Strip 1cm (3/8”) of the end of the gray ribbon B16 wire, be gentle it’s easy to cut the copper
strands and end up with not enough strands to make a good connection.
Strip 1cm (3/8”) of the end of the 20awg wire you received
Twist both ends (gray B16 and loose wire) together and put the crimp over it. Make sure no
copper stands are exposed. Use a plier to compress the crimp make sure you don’t break the
Take the heat shrink and put it over the B16 wire, leave a few millimetres off and use heat
to shrink it down, after a few seconds press on the heat shrink tip with your fingers. Now this
wire is isolated and can’t short out on anything.
Put adhesive on the battery screw like it was before. The goal is to lock it in place but also to
prevent the screw from falling into the battery and shorting cells.
Make sure the gasket is still in the track and you can put the top back on. Don’t over tighten
the top screws.
Thanks again to Lee and Seb. If you’ve had this issue and this little hack has worked for you, please do other owners the favor of leaving a comment below about your experience with this procedure. Thank you.
A visitor asked what this ‘hack does’ so I asked Seb from Luna. Here’s his explanation: “The hack is a bypass… it bypasses the B16 wire from the cell to the BMS.. you keep the same protection as before.. just get rid of the issue.”