No spark in Tehachapi

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Mendodave, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Mendodave

    Mendodave Road Scholar

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    Hey all

    I am on the way home from a quick desert ride to Lake Havasu...I was trying to get home before the storms hit in Nor Cal on Tuesday, but I am stuck here in Tehachapi.

    I was running really low on gas due to headwinds and high speeds, so I thought it was just out of gas...the bike died as I was pulling off Hwy 58 to tank up. I pushed it to the gas station, filled it up, and it won't start. Cranks fine, battery fine, lights all fine, not one spark.

    I put an aftermarket coil that was on another bike, that could be it. I've got about 5k miles on that coil, but dunno what else it could be. Naturally I have no spark plug wrench the size I need.

    This is my R80G/S

    It looks like a Uhaul home.

    Ran great all the way here!

    I pushed it to the La Quinta Inn and am consulting my internet buddies while drinking a grain beverage...thankful I am not out in the Mojave

    :evil

    Mendo
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  2. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    My first suggestion would be the coil. You didn't say if it was raining but my buddies R100GS died in a rain storm and that was the problem. Pull the tank and take a good look at the coil for cracks.
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  3. Off Limits

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  4. Mendodave

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    Hey all

    I rented a Uhaul and hauled my hiney home...put my old coil on and she sparked right to life.

    totally hammered a tumbleweed in the Uhaul, major headwinds near Santa Nella...first thought was "Glad its a rental!"

    semis leaning over ahead, semi passing on the left, three tumbleweeds approach from the left...I nailed the middle one...

    now, I probably would not have been on I-5 if the bike had been running...but....

    [​IMG]
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  5. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    Sorry I just saw this thread. I live in Tehachapi and would have been glad to help. Sorry!!
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  6. Mendodave

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    no worries, I had to be home for work on Wednesday, could not miss it. I also wanted to get the hell off the hill before that storm hit Monday night.

    it was a bad coil, the bike runs fine now.

    Mendo
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