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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Bike died on me

I had just left the dealer after getting my 1k service done and was waiting to turn right at a stop light when my bike died on me. Tried a couple times to restart it but no go so I started pushing it over to the curb and waved other drivers around me. Great, I thought, dealer jacked up my bike doing routine maintenance.

I was trying to decide whether I should call the dealer or leave my bike right there at the intersection and walk back when I realized something. The kill switch was in the wrong position.....yep I did it to myself! Put it in run and she started right up and ran perfect the rest of the day.

All I can say is I'm glad I didn't call the dealer and have a tech come over and show me what was wrong!

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 07:55 AM
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Done that before.
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Been there. Done that. Good thing you didnt call the dealer. Lol.


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I never use the kill switch so anytime I hit it by accident, it takes me a minute to figure out why my bike is dead.
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Been there. Done that. Good thing you didnt call the dealer. Lol.

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I'd be lying if I said "that never happened to me"


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i just reach over and hit my buddies kill switch when the light turns green, then pull off with a smile.
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I never use the kill switch so I've never experienced that particular issue, but last Saturday I did experience something a bit similar. My GF and I went to the Memorial Day ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery. At it's conclusion, we met up with another couple for lunch at a raw bar. After several rounds of oysters and clams we headed home after purchasing some raw shellfish for the next day. Said out goodbyes, loaded the shellfish into the TP, and hit the start button and nothing happened. Checked the kill switch in case I had made unintentional contact with it, but that didn't help. Bare in mind that it was now mid afternoon, full sun, 95 degrees and we're standing on a blacktop parking lot that didn't have shade anywhere. It only took a couple minutes for sweat to start running down into my eyes. The only thing that lit up was the "key" icon. As unlikely as it seemed at the time (because I had changed my battery about 6 months earlier) I reasoned that it was likely the fob battery. There were no stores within walking distance that would have sold batteries. By now 15 minutes had passed and I was a hot sweaty mess and getting more pissed off by the minute because I also started to worry about the $40 of shellfish in the TP. I asked my GF if she had her car keys on her and luckily she did. We switched out her battery to my fob and it still wouldn't start. I cycled the ignition on-off-on, everything lit up and it fired to life. My day had gone from wonderful to a POS and back to wonderful all in the span of 30 minutes. Since those batteries come in 2 packs, I now keep one in the TP in a zip lock bag that I had there with a coupe of spare fuses that I carry. I guess there's no warning whatsoever when these batteries are starting to lose charge. One minute it worked and the next it was dead on it's ass. Lesson learned - keep a spare battery on the bike because you never know when you'll need it.
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I never use the kill switch so I've never experienced that particular issue, but last Saturday I did experience something a bit similar. My GF and I went to the Memorial Day ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery. At it's conclusion, we met up with another couple for lunch at a raw bar. After several rounds of oysters and clams we headed home after purchasing some raw shellfish for the next day. Said out goodbyes, loaded the shellfish into the TP, and hit the start button and nothing happened. Checked the kill switch in case I had made unintentional contact with it, but that didn't help. Bare in mind that it was now mid afternoon, full sun, 95 degrees and we're standing on a blacktop parking lot that didn't have shade anywhere. It only took a couple minutes for sweat to start running down into my eyes. The only thing that lit up was the "key" icon. As unlikely as it seemed at the time (because I had changed my battery about 6 months earlier) I reasoned that it was likely the fob battery. There were no stores within walking distance that would have sold batteries. By now 15 minutes had passed and I was a hot sweaty mess and getting more pissed off by the minute because I also started to worry about the $40 of shellfish in the TP. I asked my GF if she had her car keys on her and luckily she did. We switched out her battery to my fob and it still wouldn't start. I cycled the ignition on-off-on, everything lit up and it fired to life. My day had gone from wonderful to a POS and back to wonderful all in the span of 30 minutes. Since those batteries come in 2 packs, I now keep one in the TP in a zip lock bag that I had there with a coupe of spare fuses that I carry. I guess there's no warning whatsoever when these batteries are starting to lose charge. One minute it worked and the next it was dead on it's ass. Lesson learned - keep a spare battery on the bike because you never know when you'll need it.


Been their, done that. Now I change FOB battery out in both every year & keep a spare in the wallet.


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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 11:48 AM
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FOB Interference

A while back, while on a road trip with 14 other riders, we stopped for lunch in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. Upon leaving, 5 bikes would not start. After a bit of group WTFs, we realized that all bikes were HDs with keyless ignition, and that no way 5 FOBs died at the same time. We rolled the bikes about 1/2 a block West and bingo, all fired right up. Apparently some type of electrical interference. The only time I ever came across something like that, but filed it away for future trouble shooting reference.
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