Question about 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom

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I have an 01 1200 XLH. Road hard and "put away wet last fall", no winterization. As penance I have removed and cleaned tank, carb, etc. I appera to be geting gas and the bike fires fine but won't hold an idle. Whether "entiched" or revved, she'll run for about thirty seconds and dies. You have to turn off and then back on for it to fire again. She fires, and then the same routine all over again. A buddy suggest switching out the primary circuit breaker. I'm wondering if that isn't just a symptom rather than the cause. Like I said, you have to turn it off, wait just long enough for it to recycle when you turn it on and she fires, then dies!?! Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks! Bill

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Hi Lighthouseju, and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or damaged battery.
2. Loose, corroded or broken battery cable.
3. Alternator not charging or below normal rates.
4. Failed ignition coil, ignition/electronic module.
5. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Water or dirt in fuel system, carburetor or filter.
8. Fuel tank vent system plugged or gas cap not venting.
9. Fuel tank empty.
10. Fuel valve vacuum line broken or carburator vent line closed off.
11. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
12. Failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
For a prime suspect please visit website below and good luck:
Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them

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SOURCE: I have a 1992 Harley Davidson Sportster XLH. I was

You don't mention any other symptoms so I will assume the electronics, ie speedometer, tach, and such, did't start acting weird? If that is the case check your grounds these old rigid mount sportsters are known for vibrating the grounds loose.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 XL1200S Cuts out and dies at highway speeds for a moment

If it was stored with fuel in the tank:

1. The fuel filter should be replaced
2. You may to replace the fuel delivery system coming out of the tank
3. Remove the plug in the carb and reset the idel mixture

I just bought one store for 6 years - my issue is the bike will n ot idel but runs on the road like a bat out hell.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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SOURCE: High Idle On Start-up.

Most fuel injected motorcycles do start up in a "fast idle" mode. Although I don't know much about fuel injection on Harleys (H-D will not tell you much about it unles you are one of their technicians), I don't think the system is equipped with an engine temp sensor. Since the crank case sensor get it's pulses from pockets cut into the outer edge of the left side flywheel half, the sensor will have oil on it.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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,check condition of timing advance mechanism behind breaker plate.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Bike won't start

It sounds like an ignition timing issue, you need to reset the timing follow the repair manual's procedure, there is usually a mark on the backing plate of the stator that line s up with a notch on the case. Depending upon the direction of the fly wheel rotation the stator's back plate notch must be about 1/8" advanced in the opposite direction of the flywheel rotation, in other words in order to get the timing set from zero (which is when both the notch and the other corresponding notch or scribed line are lined up to one another perfectly) you must slightly move the stator plate toward the direction of rotation then lock down the stator plate hold down bolts. Be aware this is a generic description of the procedure. My observation in the past dealing with rebuilds is that the timing must be set to a static timing setting (which I just described) to get the bike to start initialy then fine tune the timing with a timing light, this is a procedure that should probably be done by a bike shop but you can do it yourself with the appropriate specs, tools, and maybe a repair manual and a little overall knowledge which it sounds like you possess.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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