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1993 Shadow 1100 all electrical power shuts off when it is leaned to the left side with the side stand up in neutral or in gear. Putting the bike upright and shaking it power returns. This problem is intermitant. I was told the side stand switch was bad. I disconnected the switch and wired the wires to each other the problem persists.

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  • castonoffice Apr 08, 2011

    The battery was replaced and the problem continued.


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IT may just be wiring issues. Inspect the visible wires for loose connections or bad wires, those whose insulation need replacing. You may have to inspect the terminal of the battery or the battery itself. The batter is in the seat area behind the gas tank. Most honda motorbikes has panels that slide to get to the actual battery.

The power cables on the battery may be loose or needs replacement and looses contact when the motor shifts. If you are not using a dry battery, or the ones similar to cars or only smaller, check for the fluid level. It may be in such as way that there is almost no water on one side when the bike tilts.

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Broken cell in the battery. Replace it.

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Hi, D and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery must have 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage the battery is faulty and must be replaced, AGM batteries fail in this scenario more so than lead acid batteries.
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It sounds like your kick stand switch is stuck. There is a switch that senses if the kickstand is up or down and the plunger can get stuck. This is likely the problem.

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You may be low on fuel, and none is reaching the fuel valve, but a more likely answer is that the bike may not be properly registering that it's in neutral.
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Engine shuts off when put in gear, could by kickstand switch, but could the clutch need bleeding?

Unlikely that the clutch needs bleeding unless she lurches forward when she dies
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