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Hej i have problems with cdi on vt 1100 94 the ignition disaper about 1500 omd stator, batteri, regulator is ok

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  • info80476 Sep 12, 2009


    the ignition problem is there allways.

    only the ignition is cutting out

    the ignition is is disapering sporadic and spluttering

    best regards

    torben jacobsen

    mc 1 dk



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Has the ignition pickup been replaced? this is the weak point of any motorcycle ignition system, it is located under the smaller of the two side covers, check the resistance hot, it should be around 150 Ohms.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

A couple of clarifying questions:

  • does the ignition problem come about even when just idling or revved to 1500 or only when in gear/accelerating;
  • does all electrical cut out including the lights or just the ignition at 1500;
  • what is the battery voltage at 1500 RPM;
  • does the CDI abnormally heats up;
  • is the disappearing ignition sudden & abrupt or sporadic & spluttering.
Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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    Louie Role Sep 12, 2009

    Appreciate your postback and additional information.

    If the problem is electrical / ignition related, when the engine is running, vary the RPM and initially check for consistency of:

    • IGN + 12 volts DC on the black/white wires going to both ignition coils;

    • pulsating high AC voltage on the blue/yellow and the yellow/blue wires coming from the CDI going to the ignition coils;

    • pulsating low AC voltage (0.5VAC) between the white/blue and the blue wires coming from the ignition pulser going to the CDI.

    Postback results of above initial tests.



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