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2013 1200 sportster quits while riding sometimes it starts back up but most of the time I have to pull clutch in and it starts and sometimes it don't start when I do that even

Most of the time if I let it sit a few minutes it will start some way or another I have always got it to start and get home but when it starts messing up it does it about every couple miles I replaced the coil and that wasn’t it

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Some ignition parts are worn n gittn hot so they cooldown n things are ok. Buy a clymer repair manual and test each component

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