This has happened twice to me now. the first time, my bike had sat for about a week and when I went to ride it, it started fine. I let it warm up about 3 or 4 minutes and then went on my way. I got about 100 feet from my house and the bike died. No power, no nothing. The electrical system just shut off. I couldn\´t get the bike started at all, the intrument panel wouldn\´t light up and I had no head light. I ended up pushing it back home and when I would get the panel to light up, when I would push in the ignition switch, there would be an audible click and then everything would go blank. I finally got it started, don\´t ask me how, drove to the dealer, who had it for a week. They found nothing, absolutely nothing, they didn\´t have any issues with it at all. Fast forward 2 months, same thing, with numerous rides where it performed beautifully. Now granted the bike had sat for a month without being ridden or started, but it only sat for a week the first time. This time, it took me numerous times of rocking back and forth to get the panel to light up, but then the click and everything goes dead. After about 15 minutes of struggling, I got it started, let it warm up about 10 minutes and took the long way to work to try and rev up the engine and get some gas and oil to start moving through it. Has anyone else had this issue. I am afraid to take this bike anywhere now for fear of being stranded. I am even considering getting rid of this bike to get something else if this is going to keep happening. Any ideas anyone?
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Had the same problem. I had to remove battery, take apart the battery terminals, sand them a little, then put it all back together. Make sure the screw on the front of the terminal holding the inner bar in place if very tight. Have had no problem ever sense. Good luck.
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Hi Todd, sure sounds like a fuel problem, since i dont if you have carb or fuel injection lets start with your carb. remove the float bowl and see if there is water in the bottom. if so remove fuel tank drain it completely clean the filter then air blow it dry also mahe sure the line from petcock to carb is not pinched or bent to restrict flow then check your vacuum line to the petcock is attached at both ends and is not cracked max vacuum is necessary to pull the diaphram in the petcock to allow fuel to flow, disasemble petcock and check rubber diaphram for cracks or pinholes. reasemble petcock and check with vacuum gauge to make sure its holding vacuum. put 1 gallon of uncontaminated fuel back in tank and take it for a ride.
if you have fuel injection, check fuel pump pressure sorry i dont have specs on that but call your local service dept and they can hook you up. clean fuel filter then blow dry tank and proceed as above. if none of this helps get back to me and we can try some electrical trouble shooting good luck
I have an 05 with the same problem. Sounds like your STVA went out. Do you still have your butterflies wired open? I know how to repair the stva fixed mine, and saved hundreds....if your still on this post email me so we can get our bikes fixed. also check your kick stand sensor! This can malfunction and cause same stalling problems.
I'm not sure what electronics your motorcycle has but disconnecting any "modern" electrical system from the battery while running would spell instant death to an alternator and or the computer. I'm going to say that your charging system is working or you wouldn't have been able to ride it "several miles". What I fully expect is that you have a leach (battery draw) which on a motorcycle could be an electronic clock, alarm system, fancy sound system or some other accessory that has been added. Under normal conditions two weeks on a good battery might knock it down enough not to start a quick way to check (not running) is to disconnect the positive lead and hook a digital volt between the positive lead and the positive terminal of the battery the digital volt meter will telly right there if you have a draw. If you don't then I'd be getting that battery checked out cause the short or draw could be in the battery itself. A digital volt multi meter is cheap to buy. In Canada we can get 'em for about $10.00 try it might just isolate the problem
Hi Agfanara804, call, take a ride or trailer your bike over to your local dealers service/parts department, I'm sure they will be happy to take your Harley Davidson for a test ride if necessary/possible and offer professional advice and assistance concerning your issue. Good luck have a nice day.
the bike even kicks. The only way I can get it to start is by push starting it. Once I ride it for about 45 minutes it will start if I turn it off. Sometimes during the week if I ride it everyday the problem will go away. The problem comes back if I don't ride it for a couple of days. Sometimes it'll start in the morning going to work but not in the afternoon coming back. I have taken it to the shop twice but both times the problem went away and the shop couldn't find anything wrong. If anyone has any insight I would appreciate the advice.When you say you hear the starter going -- does that mean you can feel the starter engage and move the pistons up and down? Also, when you say that the bike even kicks when you let our the clutch...what does that mean? It almost sounds like a starter solenoid issue, but it's hard to say until I understand what is actually happening or not happening...,,,