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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 2011, 11:38 pm Thread Starter
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engine shut down

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never posted anything before but care about my bike to do this! I have an 08 k1200gt, awesome bike, got it beginning of yr w/3400 mls & now have 10k. while riding the engine shut off, tried to restart & it wouldn't crank over, has anybody encountered this??
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:00 am
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Is your bike display on?We need some more info...
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 2:01 pm
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yes, more info would help.
Do you hear anything when pushing the start button? (relay click, barely turns over)
Hit the kill switch by mistake?
If yes to first and no to second then try charging battery by removing front cover over the
battery and attach leads there.
May also be "sudden battery death." Especially if bike had been sitting for a while with
battery connected and no trickle charger before you got it.
If that is the case many of us have switched to the Odyssey PC680.
I use a Battery Tender or a Battery Minder during storage times. Or I disconnect the battery.
Hopefully its something simple.
Do let us know.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 11:01 pm
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More detailed information would help. What do you see and hear when you try to start it now?

Noting that the engine quit while riding, here are some possibilities that come to mind:

* Dead Battery.
* Kill switch on off.
* Kill switch broken.
* In gear and...
... Kickstand down.
... Kickstand switch broken.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2011, 1:26 pm
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I had an ignition wire that was bad, I turned the handlebars and the bike turned off. Kind of scary at the gas station.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2011, 1:14 pm
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This is interesting.

I took an 08 K1200GT SE out for a test ride this week and exactly the same thing happened.

It started fine at the dealer, and I then rode about 5 miles before opening it up (I was test riding it after all!) all was fine and then poof! It just died. No coughing spluttering - just dead.

Pulled over I tried restarting - starter turned the engine OK it fired a few times then died.

Dealer had to come and get me from the roadside - not a good intro to BMW bikes for me I'm afraid.

The dealer did say he would call to let me know what the problem was. Not heard yet.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2011, 9:08 pm
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One word: GS-911. Unless it's something very simple you don't have much chance of doing any real diagnostic work without one (short of handing your credit card to a dealer.)
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2011, 12:00 pm
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OK, I doubt my experience has much to contribute to this thread . . . my dealer just emailed me - my test bike ran out of fuel!

Apparently the sensor strip in the fuel tank was faulty and showed a half full tank when it was in fact empty!


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