Diagnosing The Problem..
So, I've come to a point to where I'd like to hear some other input.
05 rc51 with 35k, pretty good upkeep, some "interesting" wiring jobs throughout.
Im the 3rd owner and ive had it for a week and she died on me.
While in mid-ride 2nd gear 5 grand, she sputtered out and died, was able to pop start it to get her home and rode once more to work, store, and back, but hasn't been able to start up since.
So after some reaserch on this forum and digging through the manual, and the urge to take it apart to get a good idea of what the condition under the plastics were, I decided to buy a FPR and a fuel filter without diagnosing the issue first. $100 elimination of a potential problem.
Turns out the FPR didn't leak but replaced it anyway as I believe it was factory. And installed the fuel filter. Didn't bleed the tank and clean the lines yet, but that's next.
I have the bike almost completely dissasembled as I will post in a picture.
And the next step is checking spark.
Also upon opening the airbox I noticed one of the air filters was "crushed" slightly and filthy on the inside. Will replace for peace of mind when finances allow.
I documented the process on video and intend to put on youtube hopefully with a [SOLVED] ending. If not also for educational purposes.
Assuming the previous owner told me the truth and the sparks were replaced during a pre sale tune-up, and they are not the issue, then I will have had crossed out 2 of the 3 factors that require an engine to run. Leaving me with combustion. The one day I had taken it to a dealer one of the techs had pointed out she was running a little rough, (valve adjustment) and also informed me that the symptoms I had described could be the result of my valves not getting proper clearance. I have to keep in mind that I live in phoenix and it is summer and V-twins run hot enough as is. So this is a possibility although an expensive procedure that might not even be the case.
Anyway, I thought I'd tell my life story to put all the cards on the table in hopes someone may recognize anything that might help my situation.
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to read this.