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Once bike warms up dies will not start for an hour or so still has fire and not flooded

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    2003 Harley Davidson Sportster XL 1200 C when riding for under an hour the engine will die and will not start then after about an hour will restart and later will die again a little later.

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Check the spark plugs ,if they are of the correct specification for the engine.
Best would be to replace them .

Hope this helps


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