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Sportster shuts down after 20 min

My Sportster 883 rides for about 20 min and when it gets too hot (i think) starts to loose power and then stops (after a lot of noisy shots). After a while (1 or 2 hours) it's fresh and ready to work again.... It's driving me crazy.

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  • ruisurf Jun 02, 2009

    Thank you

    I've got a new battery, and I'm gonna buy a new coil. Let's see what happens...

  • ruisurf Jun 02, 2009

    And it's a 91 motorbike. I don´t think it has electronics :p

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Replace your electronic ignition module

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Hi ruisurf,
I have a 04 1200 sporty and i have had that problem a few times. I would be riding about twenty mins and then my bike will buck or it won't run after it heats up. found out it was the crank shaft sensor not the coil. hope this helps.

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