drharveys Posted March 9, 2007 Share Posted March 9, 2007 A little over a week ago my '04 R1150RS decided to stop running. I was happily cruising along on the interstate, and, for no apparant reason, it just stopped running. I was able to get over to a relatively safe place on the side of the road -- no small blessing, as the next stretch of highway was the bridge over the Mississippi followed by about two miles of elevated highway with a minimal shoulder! I checked all the obvious things I could given the location; kill switch, put bike in neutral, flip the cold-start switch up & down. Same thing. The engine turned over, but there was no evidence of spark, and no smell of fuel. Fortunately my towing insurance covers RV's and motorcycles and the flat-bed tow truck had a Condor Cycle Towing Loader (http://www.condor-lift.com). I ended up getting home later than I planned, but without any serious difficulty. Last night a buddy from the Gateway Riders stopped by and helped me put the bike on the trailer in anticipation of its transportation to Grass Roots BMW tomorrow. They're the closest dealer to St. Louis, and it's about two hours away in Cape Girardeau. This afternoon I was checking and filling the trailer tires. Just for good measure, I decided to confirm that the bike was behaving just as it had been. That is, the engine would turn over quite merrily, but not catch. No evidence of spark or fuel, and no ability to self-propel. Of course, it kicked right over. Had it not been for the electric-starter-only nature of the bike, it would have been a first or second kick situation! The only thing I did differently was to move the side stand out and in. Still, if it had been a side stand sensor switch situation, the bike would have at least started in neutral, which it hadn't done previously. I guess my course of action will be to take the bike off the trailer, ride it around the neighborhood and finally venture out on a club ride on Sunday. At least that way, should the problem recur, I will have a ride home! Link to comment
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