Hey Netriders, The other day I went to start my vtr250... turned the key to on position, lights were working fine etc, and then pressed the starter button. I heard a "click" sound and all the bikes lights, starter, etc went off and stayed off. So I turned the key between the on and off position and then back to on, and noticed that there was no power to anything on the bike, lights included. I checked the voltage across the terminals of the battery with no load (i.e. key turned to off position) and it was 12.8 volts. I then turned the key to the 'on' position and the voltage dropped to practically zero (It was in the range of millivolts). Obviously lights etc were not lighting up and the bike seemed 'dead' during all this time. I (maybe foolishly) tried push starting the bike, followed by jump starting. When jump started, the bike would run, not well, with the headlights and neutral indicator flashing with the cars ignition. I didn't want to stuff anything up more, so I turned the bike off straight away. Prior to this, the bikes battery was sounding a bit "anemic" and I thought I was going to have to replace it soon anyway, although I do not want to go stuffing up a new battery and wasting money if I have other electrical problems. Any ideas what could be wrong? p.s. I had my chain and sprockets replaced the other day. I was planning to learn to fit them myself, but had the bike at the mechanic for major service including valve adjustments, steering bearing replacement etc. When I removed my rear wheel to fit a scottoiler dispenser mount to the rear wheel spindle, I noticed that a nut had come loose off my rear sprocket. Should I apply a particular kind of thread lock? I also noticed that the rear axle had not been greased, or at least became dry in the 200 kms since being at the mechanics. Should I take it out and apply (or reapply) grease to it?