my bike died Monday on the way to work as I hit the high way and shifted from 4th to 5th. The tach started dancing up and down. I could not refire the bike. The fuel pump engaged and all electrical appeared to be operational (starter was turning over). My father in law came down in the afternoon to start trouble shooting and it fired up. I left it in the garage Tuesday for him to take a test ride, but it rained in the morning and he didn't have time in the afternoon. I tried to ride it to work today but didn't make it more than a mile when it started to act up. I had just shifted into 4th when the tach danced. I quickly turned around and it danced once again. It died when I pulled into the left turn lane with the clutch engaged and brakes on. It fired up and I made it across the road and started up my drive when it died again just as I was pressing the brakes and clutch. I fired it up again and made it into the garage.
I'm no master mechanic (a novice mechanic may be a strecth at times) but what should I be checking for?
I bought the bike in 03' with 3,000 miles on it and it has 54,000 on it now. I have done the regular maint. on it and the bike has been trouble free until now.