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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bike suddenly died on a ride today? Won't start now.

I was riding for a few hours today and about 2 hours in, the bike felt kind of choppy for a split second and then lost all power. Then it wouldn't start back up. Unfortunately I don't have a truck and it happened an hour from my house. A very nice Harley rider stopped and wound up picking it up with his trailer and let me leave it at his place. I'm probably going to go back out tomorrow or tuesday to pick it up and am looking for any things I should check first on the bike. It's a 2003 (sp2), has about 15,000 miles, as far as I know, it's never been down. Any suggestions or preliminary checks I should do? Hoping it's something simple. Thanks so much for any suggestions.

Update: Looks like it's the Ignition Pulse Generator - How do I change this thing without removing rads? Having a hard time reaching the clip.

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I would start at the battery connections and the fuses. And while you're waiting to get your bike back call AAA and get a plus membership on you bike. It will give you towing for 100 miles before you have to come out of pocket. Just in case you run into the rest of America who won't help you out when you need it.

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Looks like I'll be getting it back tomorrow before lunch. I'll check the fuses/battery connections. In the meantime I'll look into that AAA membership.
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if those fail you might want to look at continuity in the wire harness. I had an ignition related wire to the converter unit short against a ground.
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I should add that mechanically, I'm a total novice.. so forgive my ignorance, but how would I do that?
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Definitely electrical or fuel pump. I would think if it was the pump it would have coughed for a few seconds at least and then died rather than a split second though.

You didn't mention if it would turn over after it dies, or if the bike was simply dead as a doornail.




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at near 5 bucks a gallon maybe you ran out...lol j/k
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Starter turns over, but it wouldn't run at all.
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Do run a power commander?

Disconnect it and try again if your do. I had the same exact problem before. It was the the power commander.

The other time I have this happen (same symtom as you described in your post) it was a loose negative on the battery, but the bike would die when I tried to start it.

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does the FI come on wiht the key?
does it crank over when you hit the start?
does the exhaust smell like unbunred gas?
if yes then there might be an ignintion problem, ie no spark, easiest to check plugs, and connection from there backward to wherever it takes you
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I do have a power commander 3 usb. Tried disconnecting it, same result. FI comes on as usual, bike turns over just never starts. It does smell like unburned gas.

EDIT: ok, looks like the spark plugs aren't getting any spark. Not really sure what to do from here. Also - all fuses in the box on the left side are good.

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Just did the green connector trick to get a code and got one long blink and 9 short ones. Could that be the problem here?
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Yup

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Did a little searching around, thinking it's the ignition pulse generator. Seen here: 2003 Honda RVT1000R RC51 Parts, 2003 Honda RVT1000R RC51 OEM Parts - BikeBandit.com

Anyone have expierience with that? Looks simple enough.
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Sure have,

I installed it backwards once by mistake. Took me a minute to figure out what the problem was, and yes I had the same symptoms, only mine didn't die mid ride.

Do you have a manual? It tells you all the code errors.

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I just checked the manual. You have error code 19.

Which you were right, the I.P.G.

Check and see if it a bad connection before you take your stator off. You can get to it, on the left side of the bike, just follow the wires up from the stator cover.

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No manual yet, this is my first rc, just got it about a month ago.
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RC51's are known for little gremlins like this.

Your problem really isn't that hard to fix. If you have to take the cover off, getting it back on is the hard part. Just wiggle it and it will pop back in. You'll also need a new gasket.


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Nevermind I see you guys found it the error


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How can I check the connection on that clip without removing the radiator? It's pretty difficult to get to. Thanks for all of the help thus far.

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