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Thread: So, my K1200S left me stranded today

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    Exclamation So, my K1200S left me stranded today

    I was on my way back home, and about 1 mile away. I kept thinking, do I push it home, or call AAA. AAA it was.

    Iíve always had a bit of an issue starting it from cold, it would take about 3 or 4 times to start. But this time it just shut off on me while cruising. I release the clutch a couple of times, but it didnít start. Glided to a stop on the side of the road, then tried to start it. It wouldnít crank.

    It sounded as if the battery did not have enough amps to crank the engine. About an hour later, when the AAA guy came around, I tried again. This time it did crank just fine, but it wouldnít start.

    I am starting to think its the fuel system.

    Ideas?

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    Year of bike?
    How old is the battery?
    Fuel level in tank?
    Last time it was fueled up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Year of bike?
    How old is the battery?
    Fuel level in tank?
    Last time it was fueled up?
    OM
    Hi OM,
    Bike: 2008
    Fuel level: about 1/2 a tank
    Last fuel: November last year. Bought it at Dunbar at the end of October last year, so it had some gas in it

    Thanks,

    Jose

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    I would check the battery condition first- especially if was not on a maintenance charger. I would also give it a good dose of Techron once itís running.

    Itís sounds like you are in the area, Iím wondering if you are the Jose looking to register for the YB forum?
    If you are, I will check you in later.
    Good luck.
    Gary
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    9 month old gas I would get fresh gas too.

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    Here is what I keyed on. It died. It wouldn't crank. An hour later it would crank, but not start.

    I think the battery and or charging system allowed the operating voltage to drop to the point that ignition or injection or both was cut off. Then after sitting for an hour the battery rebounded a little bit - they do that - so it would crank but the voltage was still too low to allow the bike to start.

    First charge the battery. Then test the battery. Then with a charged battery see if the bike will start and run. If so, test the charging system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    9 month old gas I would get fresh gas too.
    Eugene,
    You maybe onto something. Yesterday when I checked the bike, I looked into the tank and it was dry.

    I was surprised because the gauge was telling me it had half a tank. Now Iím concerned that the gauge has malfunctioned.

    Have you heard of fuel gauge malfunction on K1200s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Here is what I keyed on. It died. It wouldn't crank. An hour later it would crank, but not start.

    I think the battery and or charging system allowed the operating voltage to drop to the point that ignition or injection or both was cut off. Then after sitting for an hour the battery rebounded a little bit - they do that - so it would crank but the voltage was still too low to allow the bike to start.

    First charge the battery. Then test the battery. Then with a charged battery see if the bike will start and run. If so, test the charging system.
    Paul,
    I think you are right. The current battery has always given me some trouble. Starting it from scratch takes me 3 to 4 tries. I ordered a new Odyssey battery.

    About the gas. I believe that my fuel gauge is bad. It indicated half tank, but when I looked inside it was empty.

    Jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I would check the battery condition first- especially if was not on a maintenance charger. I would also give it a good dose of Techron once itís running.

    Itís sounds like you are in the area, Iím wondering if you are the Jose looking to register for the YB forum?
    If you are, I will check you in later.
    Good luck.
    Gary
    Yep, it must be me

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