Bike dies


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tommyh
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Bike dies

Post by tommyh » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:20 pm



my 1997 gl1500 just died after riding for about 20 min it started great rode for about 20 min got back on and it started right up turned the corner and it died started up good again then died after about 10 min started up again for about 10 min again made it home after about 4 starts and stops it starts right up but i'm afraid to go anywhere any help would be appreciated thanks in advance. it seems to be electrical would a bad solenoid cause that ?



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Re: Bike dies

Post by harvey01 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:58 pm

I would start my looking at the battery and after testing it if okay then the next check is to clean and retighten the wires especially the various ground wires. Might help to loosen each one and clean it good before putting it back together.

Then start checking the various connections in the electrical system and the ignition switch. I assume you are not hitting the kill switch and it is operating fine.

The first urge with a problem like this is to start switching out primary parts when it might just be a wiring or loose connection problem.
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Re: Bike dies

Post by MikeB » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:04 pm

Also, check for good fuel delivery, Fuel Filter, Fuel Petcock and Fuel pump.
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Re: Bike dies

Post by Bad Blake » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:26 pm

I would say your alternator is not working. When your engine shuts down and you let it sit for a few minutes, it builds enough charge to start it up again, for a few minutes of riding albeit. After a few minutes of riding it dies again, you are running on the battery and the alternator is not charging to keep it up.

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Re: Bike dies

Post by FM-USA » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:35 am

I'm in agreement with all here.

Same thing happened to me 250 miles from home.
Bought a new and fully charged biggest car battery.
Lashed it on the passenger seat then jumper cabled to the bike's battery.
Returned it fully recharged (from 1/3 discharged) for full refund. ( :roll: wrong size)
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Re: Bike dies

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:40 am

Do you have to turn the key off then back on to get it to start.?
Bank angle sensor bad?

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Re: Bike dies

Post by landisr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:37 pm

When it quits, does it die quickly, like you hit the kill switch or does it die slowly like it ran out of gas? When restarting, does it start right up or do you have to crank it for a few seconds before it fires?

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Re: Bike dies

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:56 pm

virgilmobile wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:40 am
Do you have to turn the key off then back on to get it to start.?
Bank angle sensor bad?
This is the most important question.

When it dies, can you hit the starter button and the engine cranks? If not, if you switch the ignition off and back on, does it "fix" the problem?

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Re: Bike dies

Post by Mh434 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:47 am

I'm wondering if the fuel cap vent is clogged - if so, it builds enough of a vacuum in the tank that the pump can't overcome it & fuel doesn't flow. This appears to be a common problem in GL1500's.

Just for laughs, try cracking the fuel cap open when the bike's dying - if it starts right up & runs fine, there's your problem. Give the cap a soak in solvent (Seafoam works great, too) & blow it clean with high pressure air - that should cure it.

I like to try the easy, free fixes first...

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Re: Bike dies

Post by tommyh » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:34 pm

as soon as it stops it starts right up but i can't remember whether i switched off and on the key or not i think i did I'm leaning toward the bank angle sensor but i haven't got a chance to look at it yet probably saturday all the voltages are fine ,the battery is only a year old and voltage is good its charging and when it stopped each time it was the same as if i hit the kill switch I've started it several times and shook it arround a bit but it didn't stop .Thanks for all the help and suggestions i wil know more by saturday and will you know the outcome thanks again

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Re: Bike dies

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:04 pm

tommyh wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:34 pm
as soon as it stops it starts right up but i can't remember whether i switched off and on the key or not i think i did I'm leaning toward the bank angle sensor but i haven't got a chance to look at it yet probably saturday all the voltages are fine ,the battery is only a year old and voltage is good its charging and when it stopped each time it was the same as if i hit the kill switch I've started it several times and shook it arround a bit but it didn't stop .Thanks for all the help and suggestions i wil know more by saturday and will you know the outcome thanks again
I'm curious to know if you figured out your problem?

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Re: Bike dies

Post by FM-USA » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:31 am

JUST passing info on this.
My battery before had something similar to his dying & restart issue. One year old battery, two cells had sulfated. It was a near clear sulfation and I couldn't see it until I took the battery out and shook it.
Voltages were good but stored power wasn't. It start OK but the motor ran ever so sluggish which I took as possible fuel issue.

Any and all info can help, never know if it helps find other hidden "treasures".
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Re: Bike dies

Post by tommyh » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:17 am

have not received the BAS yet will post when i try it but I'm pretty sure its the problem



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