Gravel Roads


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Gravel Roads

Postby robb » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:14 am



Weather was so nice yesterday that the Preacher suggested a ride to Stone Mountain Park (NC). Seven mounted up and headed out using all back and twisted roads. Ride was great, but on the way home we were forced onto a 2 mile stretch of gravel road. Morning rain made for a dust free pass. First stop after leaving the gravel the bike died, nothing but lights and oil light on display. Checked for power, kill switch, side stand , ignition switch and fuel cap. All appear to be OK and after several minutes of setting with switch off it fired with no issues for 75 mile ride home. My thought is the bank angle sensor since it has never been replaced. The same thing happened last year after a 5 mile stretch of gravel road. Could the bouncing cause this issue. Spoke to Honda dealer last year about the issue and was assured they would change the sensor if it failed, but it tested OK. As long as it runs I'll ride till the wheels fall off.



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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:16 am

It sounds like the most likely part to kill the bike.
The dampening fluid is probably near gone.

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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:36 pm

Yup, bank angle switch. Any lateral side-to-side motion (like that which can happen when riding in gravel) can trigger that switch, especially if it is low on dampening fluid. Same reason it needs to be bypassed if converting to a trike - otherwise your trike will shut off every time you turn a corner.

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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby robb » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:08 pm

Honda dealer said they will only replace a defected unit under warranty, so I'll stay away from gravel for a while longer.

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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby ct1500 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:28 pm

It is an open campaign which means if your vehicle is involved (which it is) it gets replaced no ifs, ands or buts.

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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby dingdong » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:45 am

Yup. It is under recall. They must replace when brought in. At their convenience however. They just don't want to mess with it.
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Re: Gravel Roads

Postby robb » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:21 am

Yes it is under a recall but not an active recall, 20 years after the recall was issued. New part is not a stock item and they say to be prepared to leave it for at least a week. They will not order the part without having bike in their procession for replacement.

Two service techs at dealer laid bike over until boards touched the ground with engine running and it did not shut off, in either direction. Their thought was that with 5psi in rear shocks it experienced more rebound than normal on the gravel. It was taken on a 3 mile gravel road by tech with 20psi in shocks and from the dust it was run hard with no failure. Did get a free wash afterwards, even took off side panels just to see if it might be a short in wiring. Only thing they suggested was oil change in front shocks to relieve dive. They did take notice of rear tire on front, tech said it stock like glue. Took on some amazing roads yesterday and bike ran flawless. Drove like it was stolen and even got 41.7 mpg.




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