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Fuel injection system light

Hi, my colleague too rides an STX 1300 model, his bike is 2 years old. Recently we travelled up to Thailand and to our understanding with this model motorbike is that the fuel injection system indicator light on the front panel will cut off few seconds during the intial warm up, in this case during our return the light did not cut off and we had to try our luck restarting the engine a few times. any idea why thie happened.
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    Sukumaran Gandy Jan 06, 2009

    with regards to your solution I cannot find the location of the fuel filter, could it be that petrol engines such as motorbikes do not require fuel filter but use strainers instead.

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Change the fuel filter. the light comes on when your not getting enough fuel presure.

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