Rider 2013 (K4) base charging problems (solved)
I want to share how I fixed the charging issues I had with my Rider's motorcycle base. This might also work for other old models with the same issue.
- The base stops charging while riding. If you have the auto-off feature the Rider warns is going off.
- Moving the cable or base seems to fix the problem.
- The problem happens with medium/high mileage and gets worse over time. Mine started occasionally failing with less than 35.000 km (20.000 miles), and a few months later it failed almost constantly. I had to disable the auto-off and charge it using a usb cable.
Misleading probable causes:
- The cable. Moving the connector seems to fix something, as it charges again. I disassembled the connector and checked carefully every pin and cable and it was fine. The same with the long pins in the base.
- The base electronics. I have friends that changed the base just to fix this, thinking the internals were bad due to moisture. It sure worked but it wasn't that.
- The guides holding the Rider to the base get worn over time, and the space between both grows, so eventually, the gap is too big and the electrical contact becomes erratic.
- The 7 Rider pins are visibly worn out due to use (mine has now 70.000 km). This aggravates the issue.
Supplying the lost plastic material in the base to force both items to fit tighter and close the gap fix the issue entirely.
I did that glueing two nylon zip ties in both sides of the connector, as shown in the pictures. That material is not aggressive with the Rider and is perfectly flat, so it slides nicely.
I had to make the zip ties thinner so I scrapped them in the serrated side with a multitool (a file will work too), that also helps that area to attach nicely to the glue. I used regular 2-components epoxy glue that also fills any gap.
More skilled people sure can achieve a better cosmetic finish, but this slightly ugly thing does the job and having the rider in place hides the crime nicely.
I hope this might help someone. Cheers.