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Re: Electrical cut-out R1100RS tipped to left

Try to tie up the side-stand tightly, then do your tipping test again.
Bob Silas
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Merlinw Williams 
  To: oilheads-digest 
  Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 3:35 PM
  Subject: Electrical cut-out R1100RS tipped to left


  First I would like to thank all of the regulars on this list who have  
  been so helpful. A couple of years ago I had stretched head studs on  
  the right cylinder that was causing an oil weep and you all helped me  
  sort it (new studs and the correct torquing procedure). Although I  
  don't contribute much, I appreciate the dialog and I've learned a  
  lot. So here I am with hat in hand again. I think this could be  

  Here's my new challenge. When my 1999 R1100RS (32K miles) is tipped  
  even a few degrees (less than 10) to the left, the electrics cut out  
  completely. Tip it up straight and the electric's come back on -  
  lights, idiot lights, ABS flashing correctly etc. - although the  
  engine shuts off. I thought it might be a fuel problem but my test  
  case is: key in "on" position, no ignition. Tip to the left -  
  everything goes dark, tip it upright, everything comes back on. I  
  touch nothing in the meantime. It's not intermittent - does it every  

  Background: Last fall I smelled a hot electrical odor. The the engine  
  ran erratically - and got worse the warmer the engine got. Because of  
  the intermittent but severe nature of the "cut-out-rough-running- 
  stutter", then normal running for a minute or two, then repeat, in a  
  very erratic pattern, I suspected the crank-position sensor (Hall- 
  effect sensor?), but I have no diagnostic tools, so this time sent it  
  to the dealer. They confirmed the sensor was burned and some wires  
  melted. They replaced the sensor and the wiring.  I also remember,  
  one of the symptoms before the sensors were replaced was the bike  
  often cut out briefly tipping into a left-hander. Not pleasant.  I  
  had them synch the throttle bodies also. The bike got back so late in  
  the winter I never had a chance to test it on the road.

  I just put on dual horns and steel brake lines, a new Optima battery,  
  and ran it through the pre-season check, let it idle on the center  
  stand. it sounded really sweet. As soon as I pushed off it died. It  
  took me a while to to figure out that it was going to die every time  
  it was tipped slightly to the left.


  John Merlin Williams

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