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HD Sportster Keeps Shutting Off

I will be riding my Sportster 883 and it will just shut off while I'm riding it. I have changed the spark plugs and it will start and run but will do the same thing while driving it. It will try to turn over but will not start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Change out the tilt and bank sensor it is behind the battery. many have clean the thier switch and it will still shut off.. hd mech.

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I have had a keyswitch go and cause this type of problem on my wifes 1200 Sporty.

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