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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Bike stalled on the highway

2004 Suzuki Volusia with 34,500 miles on the bike.

So, I was riding in bumper to bumper traffic for about 35 minutes. On and off first and second gear the whole way. When all off a sudden the bike started to run rough and then stalled out. I was able to get it to the side of the road and in some good air and was able to get it started. I drove it to a parking lot and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It then started right up and I road it home (back roads) for an hour to an hour and a half with no other issues. But what I did see was that the neutral light was not lit when I slipped past it or when into it.
When I got home I let it sit for a couple of hours while I had a beer and pondered and then cut my lawn. When I finished and went to move the bike back into the garage I neutral light was bring green and working fine.

So, it is not a fuse because the cluster light works. I do not believe it is over heat because the temp light never came on. However my gas tank is low so I could slip it down a bit and check the level and performance of it. It was changed 3 - 5 years ago. I could be a short in the system like the ignition (start button) system?

Keep your rubber on the road and your feet on the pegs and have a good ride.

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How about the kick stand switch?

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Doubt it's the KS switch. When KS itself, malfunctions, droops, drops, the engine cuts out as if you killed it at the switch. It doesn't sputter, run rough, etc. If you knew the KS switch was a problem and the engine died, you can actually use your foot to bring the KS back up and the engine will come to life immediately. With the KS plunger, it's closed while riding. Open, when parked on the stand.

I'd investigate the low fuel issue with trash, bad gas. Also, make sure your cooling fan is working. You indicate the temp light didn't come on? Make sure it works, and make sure the fan works.
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Vapor lock? Explains why you didn't get an overheat light. But have no clue why the neutral light- possible battery was low from cranking? Sorry adding more questions than help

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glad you got it home at least...next time ride to my house instead and cut my lawn...help yourself to the beer in the fridge in the garage. As for the neutral lite...gremlins.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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First, thanks for all your helpful information.

So my bike passed the safety inspection yesterday. Big Laugh it was a garage that works on Harley and customs. They had nice bikes there but nothing that I would want to ride.

Talked to him about my issue. He listened to the bike and thought it sounded good and strong. Possibility of bad gas? He doubted it because the bike was running fine then and I am on two bars. Also, each season, I fill the tank full and then add blue Stabil. I have been riding the bike for about 4 weeks, so this is my 4th tank of gas this season.

We talked about temp. idiot light and the possibility of it over heating. The temp. light might be out. When I put the bike to start and then hit the button I always thought that I see the cluster light flash and to show they are working (except for the neutral lamp). The temp light was not displaying. So he suggested looking at the bulb and if I cannot see the filament then I should jump the wire to make sure the light goes on. I could also do an electrical check of the wire and fuse. Then check the fluids in the reservoir and the radiator, etc.... down the line. I hear the fan running when I was riding and when I got home right before I turned off the bike.

I doubt it was a vapor lock or the kick stand. Matter of fact the kick stand was the first thing I checked. The spring that holds that sucker up is nice and strong and the switch move smoothly.

Interesting, when I told my wife she got all nervous and thought I should just trade this one in and get a new bike!

Keep your rubber on the road and your feet on the pegs and have a good ride.

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Well Bert, the wife is always right so it looks like a new bike is in order .

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