Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Holland, MI, USA
I had this exact same problem at the beginning of the riding season(2005), at first my dealer claimed the problem was one fouled spark plug, so they changed them all. One week later my bike was back to running rough, chuggin gas like crazy. I dropped it back at the dealer a week later. It took them 4 days to find out it was the O2 sensor, and my battery died.
So I agreed to the battery and O2 sensor, and Herman the German cleaned out my wallet. Yes, it ran great. The bill was,,,,, lets not go there.
I had a planned trip that weekend with a group, and wanted to see if the bike was really back on track. One of the other riders in our group has a 99KLT, and we both filled up in Traverse City, MI and headed out, when we returned to the camp ground with 280 miles on odometer, I wanted to see if the computer was right (not even close) and filled up and compared my mileage with that of my friends. Can you believe it, I got 57.6 mpg and my friend got 58.0 mpg, note the fuel light had not come on yet.
So, by reading the forums I now know my bike was in limp home mode, and it had been there for a while. FYI my bike was running so poorly, I had to put rubber shims between some of the body parts to keep the noise down.
I wish I had another dealer around, I would like to take my business else where.
(This is my first reply, hope I did it correclty)
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