Was wondering if anybody else had this problem:
Coming back from York Bike Night in Pa in the rain, about midnight. I was riding with a less experienced person and they were dropping back, so I pulling to the shoulder and put on my 4 ways when the bike went black. No power everything was dead, first instinct was to pop the clutch to resart but it was DEAD. Wound up pushing it 100 yards to the exit ramp and then to an overhang with a light. Did I mention that it was pouring rain and midnight. Found the ignition fuse was blown and replaced it with the back up.
Pulled out went about 100 yards and it blew again. Wound up driving the Yamaha home and put her on the back of her bike. Got a lot of grief that her 82 Yamaha Virago was running and my KP was in a gas station parking lot dead. Angry
We found some more fuses at home, went back put one in and it has not happened again. Talked to the dealer and they are going to give a look over when I put it in this winter for the 30K front fork oil change.
Just wondering if anybody else had this issue.
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Re: Bike died in the rain
I would tend to believe it was more of a situation where water got into some of the electrical connections and caused a short , which caused an over current, thereby blowing the fuse. The thing to do is, try to figure out where the water is getting into the electrical system and then try to seal it. I've ridden in a lot of rain and never had this happen. Look for an electrical fitting that appears to have gotten wet inside or maybe a place where wire insulation is damaged. Maybe water got on a wire with damaged insulation and shorted it to metal. Or maybe water even go into the fuse box, or any other electrical housing (such as the head lamp assembly). But either way, the water definitely caused a short somewhere.
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I have an 04 Honda Sabre 1100 that does the same thing. If the rain is steady, it will actually die. After you come to a stop, it will start right away and run ok for a little while until you get up to speed in the rain and will die again. Very frustrating. Can't see any shorting when viewing in dark conditions. Bike shop also couldn't figure anything out. Any ideas?
If I figure anything out, I'll repost what worked for me.
Some bikes have one or more safety features regarding the clutch and gear box. One feature is a micro-switch at the clutch master/lever, it tells the safety system if the clutch lever is out or in. If the switch fails the safety system will think the lever is out (allowing power to rear wheel) and kill the engine to prevent the bike from lurching forward, potentially causing the bike and rider to go down. The other feature is not as common, it is a similar switch at the side stand. This prevents the rider from starting off with the side stand down. Which can also cause the bike and rider to go down. If that switch fails then the bike will think the side stand is always down and will kill the engine as soon as it put into gear. If you know how to use a multimeter you can test the switch(s) for function and determine if it is failed. Otherwise have it checked by a competent mechanic.
I have same problem. I was going some where and bike was not running smooth. Sometimes it was giving JERK. After some Kilometers it stopped suddenly after giving Yellow light. Then i tried to start it after 15 minutes it started. Service person changed charger but problem is still there.
Can anyone tell me the reason?
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Check for spark first. If spark is there, chances are the carb has filled with water that has accumulated from condensation in the gas tank. Drain the carb, stick in a fresh spark plug and then give it a try. Please rate my answer. Thanks.
I always ride slightly faster than surrounding traffic so I am aware of My surroundings, that time you would take to see how fast youre going is how bikers die often, I learned to check my six or behind me, something I didnt do much until by chance happened to have used a car that night going home from work at midnight and got slammed by a drunk i saw coming but he drove into me anyways!