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The bike runs fine then it just quits running

It will quit running at idle and sometimes when your riding it`s a 1984 500 shadow any help would be greatly appreciated

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There may be some water condensate accumulated in the gas tank. 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, ( not all bikes have a water trap bowl ). Install an in-line fuel filter. Drain the carbs

The problem could also be electrical. If the gas thing doesn't fix the problem then check the side stand kill switch (if there is one) on your bike. It kills the engine so that you don’t start out with the side stand down. If broken or out of adjustment, it could kill the spark at random times. Check for a broken or loose wire at the side stand switch and coupler. Try moving the kill switch by hand. If that doesn’t work then wire a jumper around the switch to bypass it. Check the fuses. Check the operation of the ignition switch and all kill switches with a volt ohmmeter.

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