I am now officially a VFR owner. I believe this is a well-recognized rite of passage.
I will not include a photo of the hack job that was my fix, even though it seems that it will do the job.
For the record, I am a Ducati rider and we never have problems like this; my Monster is a far superior machine. :) The reason for the VFR is carrying a passenger, which is one thing that the Monster is terrible for.
I read that the VFR connector problem is due to loose spade connectors. Over time, the connection can become loose, causing arcing, which creates heat, which melts plastic and creates more resistance and the connector goes up in smoke.