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Join Date: Jan 2014
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Thoughts on why my engine shut down?
I wasn't stranded, but it sucked.
Vital signs: 2013 model, about 4K miles, dropped once at low speed 2 months ago but no performance drop detected since then until yesterday.
I was riding in the mountains. Stopped for lunch, and getting out of the town launching from the red lights, the engine seemed to drop power at around 4K RPMs but pulled again above 5K. Didn't think too much about it, kept going into the boonies at 8,000 ft. elevation, and as I was going up a 5% grade, the engine lost power like it was out of gas so I pulled over to the side. 5 seconds later it turned itself off.
Thinking about how expensive this ride is going to be, I started reading the troubleshooting section of the manual, didn't see anything that applied, and after 10 minutes I tried starting it and it turned over, so I nursed it home for another 100 miles and it was more or less OK. Once I got to sea level I gassed it on the highway and roll-on power seemed normal.
I'm neurotic about engine temp, and never saw it go over 220F. When it turned off, there were no indicator lights flashing. I've been good about chain cleaning and oil changes, and the battery is in good shape.