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Ive got a 2001 883, and i replaced the module on it because after about 20 minutes of riding the bike cuts off, when it cools it starts. i still have the same problem. what could be the cause?

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You need three things for the engine to run. Compression, ignition, and fuel. It's doubtful you're losing compression so it's got to be either igntion or fuel. Take an extras set of plugs with you on your next ride and ride it until it quits. As soon as you can, pull the plug wires off and insert the spare set of plugs. Ground them on the engine and press the start button. Watch for spark. IF you have spark, you now know the problem is fuel related. If not, the problem is ignition. We can go from there.

One thing to try is to loosen the fuel cap. If the tank vent in the cap is bad a vacuum will build in the tank as you ride and eventually the fuel will not flow to your carb. Also, you could have a problem with the vacuum operated petcock if your bike is equipped with one. It'll have two hoses, one large and one small hose, running to it.

Let me know what you find.

Steve

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

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