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post #1 of 11 Old 08-14-2014, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Oil light on, bike won't start.....HELP

I know there are some former and current RC51 riders on there so:

I took my bike out at lunch with another rider from work and on the way back while riding the bike stalled. I pulled over, full choked, tried to start a few times, and it sometimes would start, but then eventually quit. It would quit immediately if I removed the choke. Oil light is on. Battery is cranking, so I think I can rule that out, however, I tried the starter so many times I'm afraid I will drain the battery. She is now sitting on a side street about 1/2 from my office.

Dash lights come on, I can hear fuel pump when I turn key, engine cranks, it has gas (I hear it sloshing around), and has oil. I will check oil level again once bit has sat for couple hours.

Has anyone experienced this? Is there something I can do? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-14-2014, 02:56 PM
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Dumb question, but could your fuel light possible be out and you're out of gas?

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It's weird that it cut out in mid ride.

That would also make me think it's gas.

My buddy flooded his 600rr after multiple attempts at starting it. We tried push starting it about 20 times before the black smoke made its way out. That's the only time I've experienced a bike to start and die right away.
A dead battery will sometimes seem like it's cranking well, but doesn't have enough to start the engine. I've seen this, also.

I had an sp2, but never had that issue. Never used choke for long.

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Could have had some crap come lose and plug up the pet cock mesh. I've had that happen on a much much older dirt bike.
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Dumb question, but could your fuel light possible be out and you're out of gas?
All the other gauges are working and I have enough gas to hear a good bit sloshing around in the tank, so I don't think it was because I was out of gas. It could have something to do with the fuel pump though.

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If the bike has a power commander... Start there.
I do have a PCIII USB.



I put it on a trailer from where it went down, took it to my local shop. They will be running some diagnostics in the next couple days.

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I do have a PCIII USB.
Disconnect that sucker! Sudden failures such as you describe are rarely the result of something Honda did -- 99 times out 100 it is traceable to aftermarket modifications.

Good luck.

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Well looks like the ground wire on my power commander broke off and shorted out. Glad that it was not more serious.

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Well looks like the ground wire on my power commander broke off and shorted out. Glad that it was not more serious.
Where did it break off ?
Off the grounding terminal ?
Near or at the PC ?
If at the grounding terminal, was the wire just crimped or had it also been soldered ?

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Good to hear you figured it out.

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Electrical almost always comes down to "Check your Grounds". Glad it worked out for you

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