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Hrutkaypgh
Posted on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to Buells and to the community. I've been riding mainly Hondas and wanted something different. I might have gotten more than I bargained for, ha!

I have a 1991 X1 with just under 27,000 miles. Mods are intake with K&N, Supertrapp exhaust, and from what the previous owner told me, a custom map.

I bought the bike around 2 years ago and it ran great from initial purchase, from the owner, till about 2k additional miles that I put on. Loved it!

Then, I was out riding one day like normal, when the bike just shut off completely without warning. Lights still worked, the engine just cut out. This was about 5 months in of owning the bike. I pulled off the road, waited a few minutes and the bike finally started up again and I was able to ride it home. This same issue happened maybe two more times afterwards and I parked it in fear of getting rear ended and the fact that I didn't have a decent work area to look over the bike.

Flash forward to present day, and I now have a decent garage to park the bike.

About two weeks ago, I replaced the battery, changed the oil and decided to take the bike out for a test drive around my apartment complex.

It started up fairly easily and I rode it around for a few minutes with no problems. I came back to my garage and shut the bike off. A few minutes later I tried to fire it back up again and I couldn't get it to start. The fuel pump wouldn't prime and I noticed that the neutral light was out. So I just parked it for the day.

I tried to take it out for a short ride this past weekend and everything was back to normal. Fuel pump primed, neutral light was working. It was running fairly decent, (I noticed a dead spot between 2k and 3k from 1st to 3rd gear) then the same problem occurred, the engine just cut out.

This time I couldn't get it started again and had to have it towed. When I turned the ignition on, the fuel pump wouldn't prime and I noticed that the neutral light was out again.

The needles on my gauges also don't swipe on turn of the key, not sure if they're supposed to or not. I never noticed that they have.

It seems that I run into trouble when the bike is completely warmed up, so I'm not sure if it's heat related, electrical, or a combination of both.

I'm at a loss for where to start troubleshooting.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Blake
Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 - 12:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Check the main connections to ground, and ensure all are in good clean shape and tight.
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Akbuell
Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Might do to bypass the ignition switch and see if the problem goes away. Sounds like electrical connections are intermittent and the ign switch is 20yrs old. They also are a known problem area.

Or try wiggling the key when the bike does have an issue.

Hope this helps, Dave.
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Hrutkaypgh
Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great. I'll try those suggestions. Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.
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Hrutkaypgh
Posted on Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I wiggled the key, it took a few tries but the bike came back to life. No neutral light but the fuel pump primed. Looks like the ignition switch was the problem. I'll replace it and see what happens. Thanks.
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