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Honda shadow dies

Riding at about 75, I noticed that I was falling behind my pack. Seemed like the bike just shut off and cruised onto the shoulder. At first bike wouldn't shift through the gears and would not even try to start. After a good 10 minutes, She fired back up and rode fine, After a few miles, she did it again, and couldn't get her to restart.

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  • Chris Howell
    Chris Howell Mar 20, 2014

    temp light was not on, was told that it could possibly be the "safety neutral switch" is going bad. would that be a good solution?



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Try clearing your Carby breather tubes. If you live near mud-dauber wasp country they love to build nests in the lines. This creates a vacuum in the tank. a simple fix is to open the tank filler cap for a moment then see if you can restart. This might keep you going a bit longer.

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SOURCE: 2006 honda shadow 600 backfires through the carb

Sounds to me like your running too rich, IE - theres too much fuel being burned as opposed to air. I'd check and make sure your airfilter isnt dirty, anything that restricts airflow can cause this. Dont leave the enricher on once the bikes started up...make sure you have the right plugs in there

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SOURCE: 98 Honda Valkyrie Tourer, engine stalls

Check vacuum line from #6 intake runner (port side rear cylinder) to the fuel petcock valve. The valve is vacuum operated for safety. It cuts off fuel to the carbs when the engine is shutdown. Hose could be cracked or diaphram in valve is cracked. Easy to inspect the valve.

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SOURCE: 1973 CL100 Scrambler, died while riding, won't start

Remove the water trap bowl at the bottom of the petcock, (gas valve). Is there any water or trash in the bowl? Drain a cup of gas from the tank. Is there any water or trash in the cup? Dump it, clean it and re-mount it, ( not all bikes have a water trap bowl ).

Drain the carburetor. There should be a screw on the lower side or bottom of the carb float bowl. Remove the screw then replace it after the fuel drains. Turn the gas back on and wait a minute for the carb to fill with gas. Install a new stock NGK spark plug and try to start the engine. If the bike doesn't start and run properly then shut off the gas and remove the carburetor from the engine.

Remove the float bowl and clean the entire carb with a spray carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Wear protective goggles to avoid getting spray in your eyes. Spray into all the little airways and fittings in the carb. Remove the idle screw and the air screw on the outside throat of the
carb and spray into the screw holes as well.
Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two adjusters down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each adjuster one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the
carb back together, clean the air filter and install the carb. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine.

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Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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SOURCE: motorcycle dies while riding,like gas is cut off

Check fuel pump. You might have a bad diaphragm.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 Honda Shadow Sabre, 37,000

The overflow hose is a common problem with these bikes,sounds like you have the same problem .Get the hose checked, if cracked or worn out then replace that overflow hose with something better from advanced auto parts.Also remove the factory clamps,and use small c-clamps.You'll have to purge the radiator.The reason the coolant/water is coming out i believe is cause the fluid isnt circulating.And no circulation means fan will not work properly, cause the sensor thinks the bike is cool.But actually its not cool so the temp light came ON. ---------As the water overflow noticed.And fan not working.This is indication of overheating.Get the fan wirings and fan switch checked.If checked out short then it has to be replaced.Get the radiator flushed and coolant checked,.If its low get it refilled.Also get the radiator hoses checked.If worn out and cracked.Get it replaced. --------- Get the radiator flushed with distilled water and actually put new fluid in the bike.It sounds like the radiator is low on fluid and the overflow isn't giving it any. The fluid in the radiator has to be able to reach the sensor to turn the fan on.
---------- Also the other possibility can be bad thermostat, having an overheat while moving is very uncommon. The fan never comes on while the bike is moving because the airflow keeps everything cool without the fan being needed.
If you were moving along just fine and then the temp light came on, you probably have a problem like a bad thermostat.
Start the bike with the radiator cap off, and watch the coolant. When the bike reaches temperature, and the thermostat opens, you should be able to see the coolant level drop, and circulate in the radiator. If the thermostat is stuck shut, it wont drop or circulate, and if its stuck open, it will circulate constantly. If it does either of those, the thermostat is shot, it needs to open and close completely and cycle correctly. If the water level drops slightly, with no circulation, your water pump is not circulating the water, and needs to be replaced.To locate the thermostat, take out the Radiator and you will find thermostat in a pipe that looks like an "L shape".---------- This troubleshooting will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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