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bike dies while on interstate....

Old 09-16-2011, 08:33 AM
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Default bike dies while on interstate....

ok guys, bought my first bike a few weeks ago, 01 cbr 600 f4i. love it! but last night it did something weird and i cant figure it out. we were just cruising at 80 on the interstate, and boom, dead. after turning the ignition switch off for 5 sec it fired right back up. is there some sort of "kill switch" or something in that bike that is needing to be reset? i might add that i just installed the headlight and things are kinda tight in the front fairing, so if there is some sort of kill switch in there it could very possibly be getting hit.

i have never worked on a bike before, but my cobra did something similar a few years ago and it was the kill switch for the fule pump, thats why im thinking that.

come on guys, help me out i need to get back on the road ASAP!!! lol
Old 09-16-2011, 10:00 AM
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come on guys, anyone.....

the guy i bought it from told me to bypass the kickstand safety switch and see how that worked. what you guys think?
Old 09-16-2011, 01:32 PM
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Well it could be a number of things, but start by eliminating all the simple stuff. Whenever something goofy happens i always check the battery, connections and connectors first.
Old 09-16-2011, 04:19 PM
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The kickstand safety switch will definately cause what you experienced. You can always try swapping it out with a working one before you fully bypass it.

Where are you located? I have a spare one in my parts bin if you happen to live in Arizona.
Old 09-16-2011, 05:07 PM
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This identical problem happened to me for the last 3 weeks. Wasn't solely on the freeway though. It happened whenever. My problem turned out to be the big gray harness in the front of the bike. Usually this harness is covered with a rubber boot for water/dust protection. One side of the clip that holds it in broke off, had to jerry rig it together.

It was killing engine and headlights. Gauges and taillight remained on. Even if it disconnects slightly and connects back in on it's own it will shut the bike down until the key is turned off and then on again. Same problem I had, it sounds like.

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