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Riding down the freeway on my 1985 FXR, it was 115 degrees, bike stopped running. Have gas, don't have spark at plugs. New coil. New battery. New wires.

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Lotta possibilities....likely something vibrated loose. i'd start with something simple. after u check electrical connections and fuses,,,,, is the ignition module black lead secured to the frame ? all coil wires secure ? Pull the key ignition....check connections/ crossed? secure ?

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