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Good morning! About a month ago I bought a 2003 VL800. I have had two other Intruders both bought new, a 2002 VL800 and a 2003 VL1500 so I am familiar with the brand and have been very happy with the bikes. My 1500 had been in 28 States and had 64K miles on it when I sold it.


Anyway, so I bought this VL800 and have ridden it about 400 miles so far when yesterday on my home from the studio it died at a traffic light. No mechanical noise, no warning, nothing. Just died. It has lights and power but the engine won't crank. It just doesn't do anything. I am going to check the obvious this morning and make sure the battery is okay and all the connections are tight as I do suspect it is something electrical but I don't know what.


Are there any other problems that are inherent with the VL800 that I should also be aware of? She has some other issues that I need to address as well, none of them related to this, but I want to try and fix them myself. Not because I am a great mechanic because I am not. But because I really want to learn all I can about the bike so I can properly care for her.


Thank you for any advice you might share.
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One thing to check is the kickstand switch. They've been known to get a weak spring and the stand will move and not hold the contact.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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What studio were you riding home from?

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His bachelor studio he has on the side for some " alone" time.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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What studio were you riding home from?

I am a photographer, I own a studio here in town.
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One thing to check is the kickstand switch. They've been known to get a weak spring and the stand will move and not hold the contact.

That was of the first things I looked at. Had some crud on it that I cleaned off but otherwise it seems to have good tension. Tried the battery this morning. Check to make sure everything was tight, checked the Main fuse while I had it out. Even tried to jump it from the car (car not running of course), nothing. All the lights come on but the starter won't engage. Still trouble shooting.

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Check the kill switch .
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Check the kill switch .

I don't know how I would check it.

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Flip the kill switch off and on a couple of times. It could just be a bad connection. If still a no-go, then it could be an electrical problem elsewhere. Does your headlight go out when you hit the start button???
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You could also shoot some electrical contact cleaner up into it. I had a blinker switch quit working and that fixed it.
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