Monday, August 19, 2013

Maybe It's Me

Greetings fellow riders!

I'm not sure what's going on. There's possibly some gremlins doing their handy work on my bike. I dropped the bike off before I went to a conference. I was away all of last week. The bike had stalled as I pulled into my driveway after being serviced for a new battery and a tune up. I hadn't done any of the regular factory maintenance in a while and it was also due for an oil change. The previous stalling issue was determined to be a low battery. So, happily I rode it home feeling that the problem had been solved. But, alas, it died as I pulled into the driveway. Weird.

I dropped it back at Mike's Motorcycle and he said he'd keep it while I was away and maybe take it on a longer ride just to see what's up. He ran the computer codes but nothing had registered. He rode it for 60 miles and it didn't do anything. So, I picked it up today. I don't know what's going on. I can't imagine I'm doing anything odd to make it die. But, it died twice on the way home today. I was nearly home when it did. So, that's after about 20 - 25 miles of riding. It was fairly hot today but that shouldn't matter. Brand new gel battery. Fresh oil change. Hubby thinks it's bad gas. I was on my way to get gas when it died so decided to ride it home instead. I'll fill up tomorrow. I think Mike put gas in it on Saturday.

I just don't know what to do other than keep riding it to try to determine a pattern. If it's me, I'd like to figure out what I'm doing wrong so I can correct it. If it isn't me, at least I'll have more data.

Maybe I need a new gremlin bell?

Oh well, at least it's a good excuse to ride it a lot. :-)


  1. Bas gas seems a likely culprit. Do you have any stations with non-ethanol? You might want to try a tank of that and see if it helps. It has helped some riders around here.

  2. That was suggested to me by my cousin. I'm going to try that.

  3. Oh well, forced to ride all the time...

    After it stalls, will it restart right away or do you need to wait before it'll restart?

  4. It doesn't want to start right away but I don't have to wait too long. But, I then have to give it lots of throttle. My brother thinks it's an electrical issue. Which I think as well.

  5. I would agree about it being electric. Maybe ignition, maybe fuel pump.

    Can you hear the whining of the fuel pump before the engine starts? If so, do you still hear it when the bike dies?

    I hope you get it figured out. Last month, I test rode both the single and the twin. Both were a huge improvement from my current bike though they seemed overly complicated.