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Im here in douglas wyoming. Packed the bike up started her up fine let her warm up then idled to the road gave a little blip and ...poof...it shut off. I still got electrical. I m gonna start taking the seat off look underneath.

Update i checked the starter fuse. Seems fine. Key turns elec all on. When i press starter button..nothing..no click nothing.

Update again...i noticed my lightbar lights are not on when i turn the key on. So i turn the highbeam on figgering that will bypass something. Now if i press the starter switch i head a click from inside tge headlight cowl.
Any advice?

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More input, please. Not much info to go on.

Did the trip meter reset?

First thing that comes to mind is to check that the battery cables are tight.

I'd also try a 2cd gear push-start and see if she takes off and runs.

Kickstand switch, clutch switch, check to see that they are plugged in.

Even though fuses look good rotate them and see if anything changes.

Sorry I can't be more helpful but just not enough info.

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More input, please. Not much info to go on.

Did the trip meter reset?

First thing that comes to mind is to check that the battery cables are tight.

I'd also try a 2cd gear push-start and see if she takes off and runs.

Kickstand switch, clutch switch, check to see that they are plugged in.

Even though fuses look good rotate them and see if anything changes.

Sorry I can't be more helpful but just not enough info.

Wren
Trip meter didnt reset.
I pulled each fuse and looked it over. They all looked good.
Chkd batt and cables. Tight.
Ive worked the kickstand and clutch abd chkd the connections there. Seem ok. Ill trt them again tho.



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Take a look at the petcock...check to see if the vacuum (sp) hose is still connected...

Saw this in another thread...

"The petcock is vacuum operated. The vacuum line goes to a port on the left or front of the bike side of the petcock.
Check the tubing to make sure it isn't cracked and leaking."

Also, I do believe there is a Cafe member that live in Douglas....just can't remember his username..
 

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Nixon Leather is in Douglas WY. I dont have a phone number for him...

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One thing that pops into my mind is dirty starter switch contacts...But never heard of that killing a running bike though...:hmm2:
 

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Yeah it was a very sudden shutdown. Not usual. Well theres a shop in casper i can use if nothing else. Still lookin it over.

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There was a post not long ago of the stop switch melt down and wire for coil broke loose.

This will kill the power to the coils

coil wire gos to stop switch then over to the start switch

put the bike in neutral then see if it will turn over.

if it doesn't take off left side cover and check the plug going to the key switch you can follow the wire from the switch to find the plug.

If it has good connections then go to right side cover follow the battery cables to the starter relay there is a fuse behind the cables make sure it isn't blown.

If it is good then jump across the relay terminals and see if the engine cranks but make darn sure you are still in neutral.

If it cranks and doesn't start then you would have to check the wiring in the stop switch to the starter switch.
 

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There was a post not long ago of the stop switch melt down and wire for coil broke loose.

This will kill the power to the coils

coil wire gos to stop switch then over to the start switch

put the bike in neutral then see if it will turn over.

if it doesn't take off left side cover and check the plug going to the key switch you can follow the wire from the switch to find the plug.

If it has good connections then go to right side cover follow the battery cables to the starter relay there is a fuse behind the cables make sure it isn't blown.

If it is good then jump across the relay terminals and see if the engine cranks but make darn sure you are still in neutral.

If it cranks and doesn't start then you would have to check the wiring in the stop switch to the starter switch.
No neutral start.
Checked left and right sides seem good. Cant get the big fuse out. Stuck hard in there. I get a faint whiff of burnt also around that area.

Wrecker arriving now. Thanks for all the good advice guys. I may have a good starting point for the mech in casper.

Hey Ed thx especially for the phone time. Ill update here when im on the road agaun. I aint giving up yet.

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I really hope its not the kill switch is down!........with everything working.....could be as simple as that.....its very easy to hit and not know it!

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I'm here at Casper Mountain Motosports. They've moved it into the front of the queue. Nothing to do but drink lots of coffee at starbucks and await a phone call. Whether its minor or major i suppose i have no choice.

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Well, hope it is just something minor....either way it will be something we will all learn about and take note of...just sucks when it happens...

No problem with the "phone time"....just wish it was something I had suggested...

Do let us know when you are rolling again...Ride safe...
 

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All fixed. Something about a thingamajig in the starter switch shorting out. They got a part off of a bike on the floor room and replaced that on mine and voila. I hit the road and am staying the night in Buffalo Wy. Nice place.

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all of the currant for the bike runs through it so if you have extra lights or gear hooked up when you start it puts to much amp draw on it.

This is why we say to run everything through a fuse block on a relay to shut down everything upon starting.

I have 73,000 on my bike and no problems yet but I also run relays to turn everything off.
 

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Hhmmmm...i have a lightbar and a 12v aux port that usually has either my gos or my phone plugged into it. I guess i should alter my startup procedure.

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