Go Sportsters

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    Looks kind of new to be not running. What's up??
  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    According to the code b2203, ignition is toast. Bike's a 2019 with 16k miles.
  3. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Hold on, toast is a bit of an overstatement.

    That code is Ignition Switch Input Shorted Low - you have a pinched or bare wire that is shorting the ignition switch input signal.
  4. anotherguy

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    B2203-Ignition switch input shorted/low

    Look for pinched/cut wiring/maybe even backed out from connector. Try under tank and where handlebar harness goes under brake MC perch and switch housing.
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  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    Definitely an overstatement but understated when sitting in 90 degree weather!:rofl

    Was able to get it bump started with the help of a friend and limped it home. I'll get into the wiring and ignition switch tomorrow. It's intermittent and the issue completely went away during a big thunderstorm as I rode home. Came back when the sun came out, so that's a new one to me.
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  6. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    Thanks, will do!
  7. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Yup, an intermittent short in rain sure sounds like connector or insulation.
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  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    Started right up this a.m. and promptly tossed 2 more codes.

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  9. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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  10. Ginger Beard

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    Thanks Kev. Got into it this morning. Found corrosion on the brake switch connector, on the contacts in the ignition switch and extremely dirty run/kill/starter switch. All cleaned up and no codes. Going to do a short ride today.

    One thing I never did on this bike, which I've done on every other bike I've ever owned, was to go through the bikes electrical connections with dielectric grease. Rookie mistake on my part. Lesson learned.
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  11. vntgmx

    vntgmx Been here awhile

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    Hopefully you're all good as I couldn't imagine it being anything too major with that age and miles as Sportster are usually pretty dang hardy and reliable.
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  12. Ginger Beard

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    Seems good after a 30 min ride. No codes and multiple solid starts. I was pretty surprised that it happened. I've put over 200k miles combined on a few different Sportsters and the only issues I've had didn't show up until 98,000 miles and that on a bike that's seen the Dalton and has lived 30% of its life on dirt roads and trails.
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  13. anotherguy

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    As the systems become more complex that's the kind of goofy shit you'll experience. Fortunately they're fairly simple to chase down.

    It's like the pin that wasn't installed completely in my Road King's ECM connector that lit the dash up like a Christmas Tree at 500 miles. You automatically think yer screwed but after a little poking and prodding guided by the codes it's cured. Haven't seen that in the ensuing 34K miles.
  14. c1skout

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  15. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    Saw this little sporty at the rally formerly known as bikes blues and bbq.

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  16. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    ^ ^ ^ Abomination! :deal

    The antithesis of a 'Go Sportster'...
  17. Ginger Beard

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    Well, code b2223 came back during my commute. Looking like I've got a bad rear brake light switch. No bare wires and a clean connector.
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  18. natez1

    natez1 Gear Head Deluxe

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    I know you're a knowledgeable guy but if I was faced with multiple codes and varying circumstances I would be seriously looking at grounds, starting at the battery and working out till I get every one. Just a suggestion. Hope it gets fixed soon as a sporty is such a unique ride in todays sanitized world.
  19. anotherguy

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    b2223-rear brake switch shorted/low. Is the brake lamp working? Is it stuck on? These are all BCM codes. Do you have access to an Electrical Diagnostics Manual?
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  20. anotherguy

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    Hows that? It's being ridden. Just 'cause it's not for you means nothing.
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