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Re: Ideas?? Quit in rain.

It sounds rain-related, but maybe it's just a coincidence. How about 
beginning with the basics?

You can hear the fuel pump, so it and its relay are okay.

So is it getting spark? You could pull the plugs and see if they're 

How about gas? Pull the injectors, point them into jars and see what 
they're doing. If there's no fuel, the fuel filter might be clogged or 
split open. A friend's K-bike had identical symptoms...the fuel filter 
was split open.

Did you stop to fill up with gas? Maybe there was some bad gas. Or, as 
another friend of my did, mistakenly put diesel in his bike...it was 
during a heavy downpour and he was thinking of the bad conditions 
rather than the color of the pump handle.


On Jan 2, 2005, at 3:47 PM, Michael D. Ash wrote:

> All,
> I am looking for troubleshooting ideas.  This morning, my 1996 R1100RT 
> (50k miles and running great) just quit 14 miles after startup while 
> running in moderately strong rain.  It missed for a second, the 
> tachometer gave a wild swing or two, and then the motor quit.  I 
> coasted to the side of I-30 and fiddled with (jiggled) the kill 
> switch, and side stand just for teh heck of it.  Thee engine will 
> motor over just as normal with the starter, RID works, lights work, I 
> can hear the fuel pump just as normal, ABS lights normal - but the 
> damn thing will not start there on the side of the road.  I push it 
> for ten minutes to a tire shop with an awning, pull the seat to check 
> for anything obvious, fuses all good, battery connections tight, no 
> burnt smell, nothing obvious.  After about an hour, it started for one 
> second then died, I trucked it home, then after four hours it started 
> for one second then died.  I've got it on the Battery Tender now.
> Any ideas?  Yes, I too suspect water in something, but specifically 
> where?  I've ridden this bike for hours in rain with not the slightest 
> problem.  I have tools and much mechanical experience BFI i.e. Before 
> Fuel Injection.
> Thanks in advance,
> Duke