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Bike quiets after running about a minute

I have a 1986 hd softail 1340 engine when I start the bike it runs for about a minute and stops. IF I try starting it right away it will not start . If I wait a while the bike starts and runs about a minute and quites. Could it be the coil ? or is it something else?

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I think you need to check the idling acceleration in your bike. As far as i know only when your idling speed is low you engines get shut after a short span of time. There will be a small srew near your engine with which you can adjus your idling. Check it out..

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If the pump is running like the tank is empty, replace the fuel filter and the fuel pump suction hose.

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At this point it starts involving money. You can consider having the dealer put the compute on it and see what they can find.

But if you are like me:
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I wished I could help you further but not being there, it's impossible for me to troubleshoot it from here.

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