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Electrical in Nature: 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 500

While riding down the road (regardless of speed or conditions) my Vulcan will occasionally quit (as if the key were being turned on and off). Sometimes this will occur for several seconds before power comes back. As of yet, it has not stayed off long enough that I came to a complete stop, however, my confidence in taking off down the road with assuredness that I will get to my destination or back home is somewhat gone. Any help you can give on this would be appreciated.

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Had a similar prob on my w650..turned out to be a loose battery connection.

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