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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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New Harley buyer - Iron883 left me stranded first ride home.

Hey Guys!

I was hoping to get some insight from all you Harley experts out there...
I'm new to Harley Davidson bikes. Coming from previous owner of Honda's and Yamaha's.. yesterday I decided to make the switch since I've always wanted a Harley. So I bought a used 2014 Iron 883 sportster.. with 7K miles. Seemed to be in great condition.

So test drove the bike, everything seem to work fine. Only thing the guy has been out of town and bike hasn't been riding regularly and sitting a bit.

Anyway, so battery was a little weak so the seller had to jump it with cables and she started right up! No issues. So I took it for a test ride.. worked fine! She kept running, no issues, no check engine lights, nothing! Then I make the deal, take off on the freeway for a 2 hr ride to get home (bought the bike out of town). And it road with NO ISSUES for about 1 hr... then literally ALL OF A SUDDEN.. the bike's speedometer drops and dies from 70 to zero and the check engine light comes on (yellowish green color, don't know if that makes a difference but it wasn't red). and so I sort of freak out and just pull the clutch in to see if I need to stop, and as I release it back, the bike picks back up again, speedometer goes back to normal speeds and check engine light turns off.. everything fine again.

Long story short, it kept doing this back and forth.. it didn't happen at all until 1 hr on the bike.. then it did it once, then again around 3 mins later, then got worst to a point of every 10 seconds or so... and the bike was jumping and hesitating. and after a while.. more lights came on, like the battery light would stay on with the little red round dot next to the needle.. and then I had to pull over and the bike just died on me.. and I haven't been able to start it up again... it shows neutral light and oil light now. (Bike has oil).. so I had booster cables.. and even that didn't work now. It clicks hard.. but nothing. So i had to get it towed home for the other hour left.

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy message.. I just totally new to Harley's and I'm not the most mechanically inclined guy. I just though it would be a battery issue.. now after it not starting.. I don't know.. Any advice or ideas what could be the problem?? Otherwise I'll have to tow it again to Harley dealership.

I would really appreciate any advice from all you experts!
Thanks!!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 11:06 AM
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How much fuel did you have left ?


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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 11:07 AM
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Also, battery might need replacing.


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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 12:51 PM
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Check the side stand.
Sometimes the spring or the switch are loose and the engine stops for safety reasons.
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Check diagnostic codes.

Sounds like it isn't charging.

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 04:27 PM
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Change the battery. Probably has the original in it. Makes it over 5 years old.
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Shot battery IMO. Follow the book procedure installing the new battery.

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I would definitely change the battery . . . with it's age, it's not going to be very dependable and as you just experienced, it's not fun being stranded.
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Listen to what SCHMIDTY said. He is our other Guru here.

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Oh and about the oil light, that's gonna come on whenever ignition is on and the engine isn't running.
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