Died while running and I don't know why yet. Huh.
So I was riding up to see some friends when the new 919 suddenly died on me in traffic. It was raining and cold and I was stuck in some pretty shitty traffic, then all of a sudden, no throttle response, and I looked down to see the oil pressure light came on like it always does when the key is on but the bike isn't running. (Yes, I was so cold and annoyed at that point that the oil light and not the lack of vibration was what clued me in that the engine had just died on me.)
Tried to restart in the road, no dice. A nice stranger held up the other two lanes of traffic for long enough for me to push it across to the shoulder of an offramp, and also took me to the gas station to get some gas. (It wasn't out of gas. But I wasn't going to turn down the offer, just in case.)
So all the lights come on as normal. None of the fuses are blown. The fuel pump seems to be priming-- the FI light comes on with the key, then goes off a second or two after the killswitch is flipped to "run" just like normal. While holding down the starter, the engine kind of coughs and grumbles like it's trying to run, and I could occasionally see the tach get up to 500-1000rpm for a second, but it doesn't stay running. The minute I let go of the starter button, everything shuts back down.
I had a minor mishap while installing heated grips a couple weeks ago and melted some of my own wiring, but it didn't blow any fuses or cause any other damage. (I am not very talented at crimping connectors, i don't wanna talk about it lol.) And I'd ridden at least a hundred miles after that happened with no incident. The battery should be good, it took all my attempts at starting the bike like a champ. Bad ignition coil? Fueling problem? Come to think of it, I hadn't ridden this one in more than a light drizzle before tonight. What are the odds that it's a water-related electrical problem?
It's at a friend's shop now... gonna go look at it tomorrow. It's almost 2am here but this is keeping me up haha.
Fine, I'm adding a signature, leave me alone!