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post #1 of 7 Old Aug 12th, 2011, 11:30 am Thread Starter
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I had an appointment at the VA Hosp. this morning. Sixty miles from the house to the VA, 40 miles of two lane then 20 or so of interstate. After running the interstate at 75mph I took the off ramp. Set at a traffic light there, when it turned to green I went about 1/2 mile to the next light. After it turned green I pulled out and the bike (1999 K1200LTC with 70K) just died. I tried to restart and nothing. I realize now that in my panic I may have been hitting the computer button instead of the starter. I let the bike roll about a block into a service station, turned the key off and back on and she fired right up. Rode the 5-6 miles on to the hospital. After my appointment the bike started fine. After the 20 miles of interstate coming back I stopped at a light off the exit ramp and the same thing happened again. This time it started right away. Stopped at a few lights after that and no problems. Then after a 15-20 mile non stop stretch of two lane hwy. I stopped for a light and when it turned green the bike died again. This time it started again with no problem. Any ideas? BTW the fuel filter has about 10k on it now.
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post #2 of 7 Old Aug 12th, 2011, 11:48 am
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Re: Problem

I had this happen early this year, my turned out that the battery had a dead cell. Replaced the battery no more problems. Good luck hope this helps.

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My first thought is fuel filter. Next have you tried revving it while at the stop. Does it only happen when you let out on the clutch to pull away. If you over rev and pull away will it stay running?

Open the gas cap and see if you get the sucking sound. Does the bike still have the carbon canister? If it does that would be my next guess. But I would start with the carbon canister.

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Tom1200, I did open gas tank and no sucking sound. Not sure about the over revving, did not think to try that. Do you think it could be bad fuel?
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Could be an engine temperature sensor, hall pickup, clogged cannister, bad battery, bad gas, split in the fuel line inside the tank, idle air controller, bad fuel pump controller, or a bad fuel pump. Check the inexpensive ones first. My first bet would be engine temperature sensor or hall pickup. Checking the battery, gas, fuel line, pump controller and pump are all free so start with them.


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I think you got some other good suggestions from Dean. Check the cheap stuff first. Did you just fill up before you went? If so then it could be gas but I find it a bit unlikely. If it was gas you would or should see other signs I would think.

Have you done any other maintenance on the bike lately?

But, if you did fill up and didn't do it the right way? You stood on the right side of the bike while filling, put it on the side stand, dismounted from the left and walk around the bike and commented on its nice headlight or back end, patted the gas tank when finished and prayed the secret BMW prayer. If you did all of this and it is still causing issues then something is wrong. Sorry, had to lighten the mood. Most likely it is something simple, it may take a while to figure it out but it most likely simple.

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Deanwoolsey, would a diagnostic test at the dealer identify any of the problems you mentioned?
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