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Default Bike "shuts down" while moving!

I've found threads on "sudden stalling" but couldn't find an exact description of what is happening to mine, so apologies if this is a duplicate of another thread.

My bike shuts off and does what appears to be a complete "reset" electronically while riding. The dash goes black, all gauges go to zero, engine stops running. It will come back on within a second or two, with the dash going through it's normal sequence of light checks, and within 5 seconds I've regained all electrical and the engine is running. (Engine is probably running only because when electrical came back, it was equivalent to popping the clutch to start.)

This has happened in both town and highway driving. 4 times thus far. A couple of times at 20-30 mph. Once cruising at 60mph in no traffic, and once at 70mph in freeway with cruise control set. Sometimes the radio has been on, sometimes not. Sometimes the cruise is on, sometimes not. When everything comes back my radio is no longer on, nor is the cruise. ("Victory" in the display) Also the odometer has changed to display total miles. I normally run with "Trip 1" displaying. Basically the reset is similar to when disconnecting and reconnecting the battery.

I took the bike to my dealer and he checked, reconnected, and put dialectic grease on some of the connections near the battery compartment. (It happened again at 70 mph after that.) I haven't washed the bike recently, nor have I ridden in the rain.

This is both scary and dangerous.

My bike is pretty much stock except for what's shown under my signature. I plan to call the dealer again to set up an appointment. The bike is under 5 year warranty.

Is anyone aware of a fix? Or something more I can take to my mechanic as suggestions?

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he checked, reconnected, and put dialectic grease on some of the connections near the battery compartment.
Some of the connections? Need to verify if the connections to the battery are TIGHT. Loose battery connections are hell on this bike.



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Some of the connections? Need to verify if the connections to the battery are TIGHT. Loose battery connections are hell on this bike.
Sounds like a lose battery cable Or a short in one of the battery cell

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There is a loose primary connection (ground or power) or a short in a primary power line, the ignition switch, or the cutoff switch. Nothing else is going to cause symptoms like that. If you are SURE that every power and ground connection is clean and tight then I would move onto the ignition and cut off switch connectors. If those are clean and tight then check the switches themselves for floppy contacts that might be making/breaking contact while riding.

I had the EXACT same symptoms on my honda 919 years ago (random loss of engine power, dash resets, any settings in the dash lost). I double checked the battery connections and they were all tight but it kept happening. Then I checked them again and what I discovered was that one of the extra ring terminals that I had put on (for my battery tender) was wedged in funny so that the battery screw felt like it was snugging down when in reality it was just snugging down on the ring terminal, the battery cable itself was still loose. Cranked the screw down until the ring terminal deformed and actually tightened up against the battery cable and never had another problem with it.
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Yep , new battery and tight connections a must .

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Sounds like a lose battery cable Or a short in one of the battery cell

I had a race bike years ago that had an internal battery issue that would randomly have an open between cells and shut down the bike like described above.

As others have recommended I would fully disconnect the battery cables, fully clean the contacts and firmly reattach using dielectric grease.

If it happens again, bite the bullet, and get a new battery and at least take that part out of the mystery?

Electrical gremlins suck!

Good luck, and if you get it figured out please report back!
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Maybe the ground wire that goes to motor is loose.
You could have a bad ignition switch or the wires on the back of it are loose.
If the problem doesn't throw a code or if it isn't broke completely the dealers computer will not find it. Am guessing dealer did a load test on battery.
See if you can barrow a ignition switch from dealer.
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If the problem doesn't throw a code or if it isn't broke completely the dealers computer will not find it.
Yes , but a good Vic Tech should be able to find it ....

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One thing I forgot to mention. After the first two times, I removed the battery terminals myself, put on dialectric grease, and tightened them down. The mechanic did this also when I took it in.

I do not know if he did a load test on the battery but I'll definitely find out.

I'm currently 150 miles from home. Heading back tomorrow and a bit nervous.

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One thing I forgot to mention. After the first two times, I removed the battery terminals myself, put on dialectric grease, and tightened them down. The mechanic did this also when I took it in.

I do not know if he did a load test on the battery but I'll definitely find out.

I'm currently 150 miles from home. Heading back tomorrow and a bit nervous.
Did you check the ground connections though?

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