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2003 SP2 Died on Freeway

I was riding on the 5 north tonight, and all of the sudden, without warning, the entire bike died. Key does nothing right now, battery measured at 12.87 volts. I'm thinking stator.
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Bummer!!! Did you just get in at 11:30 at night?!
Before you jump to the stator, Did you check your main fuse? And you tried flipping the red kill button a couple times just in case that's the culprit?

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30 amp fuse is fine. Tried flipping the kill switch back and forth too, and yeah, it was 1130 when I got home
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Funny, the only time my bike died and threw me into a little panic: was on the 5 near redding. Im my case, a wire from my PCIIIr, (the one that picks up the pulse signal), had rubbed and frayed till it lost connection. Bike went flat dead like yours. That's the limit of my knowledge when it comes to ignition failure like what you're talking about.
Any FI codes?
The FI code that I got, and SubSailor and Madbuyer, got me thru my ignition failure.
Do you have a power commander, and you've bypassed it to see what happens?

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I couldn't tell you if I'm getting an FI code or not, turning my key on does nothing right now. But, I do have a PCIIIr.
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Sounds like you lost the function of a main wire or connection. I'd start with bypassing the PC entirely. Unplug it's main harness and the small harness with two small red connectors. It should be located right under the bottom of left radiator, inside one of those big rubber sleeves that protect connectors. Re-plug the bikes own stock connectors back together. Then you'll be back stock ECU.

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I'll give it a shot. I'm not touching the bike this weekend, though. I'd probably get frustrated and kick it over, which would not be good.
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Check the ground wire by measuring voltage from battery + to a steel bolt on the engine or frame.
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Put a battery tender on her then and let her sit until you cool off a bit.

Get the ol' manual out and start then. I would first check for loose connections or frayed wires as jondog stated he experienced. Removing the PC out of the circuit until you get her figured is a good strategy too!

Maybe pull the stator coonection and check the resistance with what the manual states...I'd hate to see you jump right into a stator without looking for obvious stuff.

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