Engine shut down on highway


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Sonnemann83
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Engine shut down on highway

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Hey Everybody,
I am new to the forum so please bear with me as I learn the ropes. I have a 1998 GL1500SE. I was riding on a county highway the other day. I was running 60 mph. The engine stopped. I slowed it way down an tried popping the clutch in 1st gear as it were. Nothing. I got off the road. I had dash lights as well as headlights and tail lights. The starter would not work. It would dim the head light when the start button was depressed, but nothing would happen. Battery was good. I was about 10 miles from home so I trailered it home. When I got home. I tried it and it turned over but abrubtly stopped. Then, I had the non responsive starter issue again. I was descending a slight down grade so I wondered about the bank angle sensor or perhaps something in the ignition circuit. Has anybody else had this issue? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you.


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Re: Engine shut down on highway

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Check the kill switch.
If the BAS is tripped it requires the key to be cycled to reset.
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Re: Engine shut down on highway

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Check the kill switch. I had this problem with my 92 GL1500 and it would start back up after getting back to neutral. I found that my clutch switch was not working so, I replaced the clutch switch and still had the problem of stopping on the road. I accidentally touched the kill switch one day while idling and it shut down. The reason for my problem was a dirty kill switch. After cleaning the switch, I had no more trouble. For a while after getting the clutch switch replaced, I found that when it quit on me, I could just pull the clutch in and restart without even slowing down. Hope you find the problem. Let us know what you find.
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Check for failed alternator.
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Re: Engine shut down on highway

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I wouldn't rule out the battery.

Be sure to let us know what solves the problem.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I am digging into it this week. I am a maintenance tech and things are crazy at the plant. Will post more as I get into it.
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Re: Engine shut down on highway

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Sonnemann83 wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2024 12:09 am Hey Everybody,
I am new to the forum so please bear with me as I learn the ropes. I have a 1998 GL1500SE. I was riding on a county highway the other day. I was running 60 mph. The engine stopped. I slowed it way down an tried popping the clutch in 1st gear as it were. Nothing. I got off the road. I had dash lights as well as headlights and tail lights. The starter would not work. It would dim the head light when the start button was depressed, but nothing would happen. Battery was good. I was about 10 miles from home so I trailered it home. When I got home. I tried it and it turned over but abrubtly stopped. Then, I had the non responsive starter issue again. I was descending a slight down grade so I wondered about the bank angle sensor or perhaps something in the ignition circuit. Has anybody else had this issue? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you.
I would be willing to put money on it being the kill switch. The wires can come loose inside the right handlebar quadrant and it can be as simple as tightening a small screw or two in there. Or maybe cleaning the the switch contacts can take care of it.

The reason I'd bet on the kill switch is from 1998 on, when the kill switch is in anything but the run position, the starter motor will not turn and all the dash lights look normal. A loose or disconnected wire for the kill switch will give you the same symptoms. And, the headlight will still go out when you press the start button since it is switched off any time you press the start button. There is a separate set of contacts in the start button switch that turns off the headlight.

Prior to 1998, with the kill switch in any position the starter would still rotate but the bike would not start and run unless the switch was i the run position.


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