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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Occasional skip/loss of power

I've never run into this before:
Riding down the road, smooth running, no issues. Suddenly it's like a hiccup almost. Just a momentary loss of power. As if it shut down for half a second. Literally just a blink.

Any ideas what's up?

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Without knowing your year, model and mileage, I'm going to guess gremlins, based on your proximity to an airforce base.

How long have you owned the bike? When was the last time you did a valve clearance check or a compression test? Was it stored for long periods of time with untreated gasoline?

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You say a loss of power, is it just the throttle power that drops out, or does the bike actually shut off and come back on? Do you see the headlight go out or the speedo dive and come back up? Any warning lights that come on, even for a second? Does it happen after you hit a good sized bump in the road?


Off the top of my head, I'm thinking that if your kickstand is a bit loose and it happens when you hit a bump in the road, the kickstand kill switch may be causing the bike to shut off momentarily and then it is just restarting itself on a push start, like you popped the clutch.
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If your bike is FI, probably loose fi connection under tank..i had same issues on trip ti Ke West, when i got back to Indiana, I lifted the tank on the back, disconnected all the electric connectors, reconnected, and no more issue, that was over 160,000 miles ago.

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Thanks guys. I have been off line for a few days.

No, the power (lights) does not go off. The motor seems to stop for a heartbeat. It's 2001 VL800 Intruder Volusia. I'll check that kickstand. I have already cleaned all the connectors I can find in the bike. So far as I know the bike didn't sit but a couple months. However this is a transplanted motor. Valves were checked about two months ago, maybe three. She runs fine, just this occasional power loss. You feel it, it's like it just does not fire for a heartbeat. then back just as if it never happened.
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