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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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New VStar 1100 Owner... Shuts down while riding

I have an 03 VStar 1100 Classic, 13200 miles. I took it for a short ride Thursday with no issues. Friday, I took it for a quick ride to the office and on my way home, it cut off on me. I had to pull over and hit start multiple times with throttle help to get it started, then would only make it a couple of miles before pulling in the clutch to start downshifting and slow down for a turn, it cut off. It did this three times before it would not start back up. It would just click really fast. Today, I turned the key, it clicked several times for a couple of seconds and then stopped, I hit the start button and it cranked up like nothing was wrong. I haven't taken it for a ride because I don't feel like pushing it home again. This is my first bike so I'm not too familiar with the ins and outs...

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 05:15 PM
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Battery cables. Both ends. It's a good start. Give your battery a full charge while you're at it just to tell it everything's going to be OK.

Many times I have seen similar types of problems and the owner checked the battery cables and didn't bother with the engine ground or positive hookup when they were actually the problem. I don't have a copy of your wiring diagram but you are describing more than one circuit that each connect back to the primary battery circuit (ignition and starter are two separate primary circuits). Annually is a good routine for checking them.
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From an old thread but the link is still good.

http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverB...Wiring-Diag-US
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Well lets start with a Welcome to the forum Mike. Nice ride you have, wish we could see it. You just got to love those boomatron problems. One day it's there the other it's not, maybe . Definately check the battery connections, the charge and kickstand switch circuit. Let us know what you found.

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Well, I have been trying to recreate the problem for the last hour and she seems to be running fine. There were a few times where she sounded like she was going to quit or there was an extra loud pop but she kept running. Battery initially was charging between 17-18 v when running but then slowly dropped to the 13-15 area with a few random drops below 10 or even lower. I've shut her off and cranked her back up several times with no issues. I'm going to let the pipes and engine cool down before i start checking the wires. The wires to the battery seem secure, so I dont know.


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unplugged the ground, plugged it back and now it wont start. rapid clicking started then that died into a quiet moan.... now absolutely nothing happens when i push start. battery reading about 5.5

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Welcome to the forum. Thats a really nice looking ride.
I wish I could help you out with your issue but Im not the mechanical kind of guy. Hopefully you will get your answers and fix fast so you can start riding again soon.

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Well, I have been trying to recreate the problem for the last hour and she seems to be running fine. There were a few times where she sounded like she was going to quit or there was an extra loud pop but she kept running. Battery initially was charging between 17-18 v when running but then slowly dropped to the 13-15 area with a few random drops below 10 or even lower. I've shut her off and cranked her back up several times with no issues. I'm going to let the pipes and engine cool down before i start checking the wires. The wires to the battery seem secure, so I dont know.
iolts and will fry.

Oh and here she is!
if the battery voltage is over 15 i think your regulator is bad.your battery can't take that many volts and will fry
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Check battery both on its own and with a load. My dads trucks often shut off when putting the clutch in and it was a loose ground cable


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