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The GL1500 that I just replaced a leaky fuel line and a leaky Petcock has a new problem.

Took off from house bike was running fine. Still have to choke it till warms up to get it running right.

After I left the house ran into rain storm. Bike seemed fine. After about 20 minutes while going 60mph the engine died. I had electrical power it was like I hit the kill switch.

Coasted to the shoulder of the road. I opened the fuel cap to make sure I hadn't ran out since it showed 1/2 a tank. I did notice no fuel in the new glass fuel filter I installed.

Not sure if electric fuel pump died, got water in the wires or something? Just got the bike a few weeks agao and first ride in the rain.

Not sure where to look first. Sat for 6 hours in the pouring cold rain trying to get a wrecker that takes bikes to come pick me up....
 

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I'm sorry to hear the soggy cold wait you had to endure there bro.

Check the connection to the coils, there could be corrosion. And check the wiring under the right side lower fairing at the relays. It could be the kill switch too.
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The GL1500 that I just replaced a leaky fuel line and a leaky Petcock has a new problem.

Took off from house bike was running fine. Still have to choke it till warms up to get it running right.

After I left the house ran into rain storm. Bike seemed fine. After about 20 minutes while going 60mph the engine died. I had electrical power it was like I hit the kill switch.

Coasted to the shoulder of the road. I opened the fuel cap to make sure I hadn't ran out since it showed 1/2 a tank. I did notice no fuel in the new glass fuel filter I installed.

Not sure if electric fuel pump died, got water in the wires or something? Just got the bike a few weeks agao and first ride in the rain.

Not sure where to look first. Sat for 6 hours in the pouring cold rain trying to get a wrecker that takes bikes to come pick me up....
Definately check that Kill Switch on the Handle Bar... they commonly fail due to either corrosion on the contacts or (harder to find) due to loose screws on the wire terminals to the switch themselves. Could also be the Kill Switch on the kick stand... You can easily bypass it (temporarily or permanently), and/or the one on the handle bars.

Please confirm the following for clarification, about when the bike died:
-Bike still had all lights on?
-Bike displayed a Neutral Light, and was able to turn starter over, but engine would not start?
-Bike unable to display a Neutral Light, and could not turn over engine?

Also, while you're poking around, use an air hose to blow out the Drain Hole adjacent to the base of each spark plug... I doubt this is The problem here, but if those are obstructed, then water can fill the spark plug area and disable a particular plug.
 
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I had a similar thing happen to me. Turned out that the Negative battery cable was loose. Sometines its the simple stuff that kills ya! Let us know what you find.
 

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Please confirm the following for clarification, about when the bike died:
-Bike still had all lights on?
-Bike displayed a Neutral Light, and was able to turn starter over, but engine would not start?
-Bike unable to display a Neutral Light, and could not turn over engine?

  1. Bike still had all lights on - Yes
  2. Bike displayed Neutral light and engine would crank but not start.
Will continue to follow list of things to check.

Ran battery down last night trying to start it so I am recharging it and cleaning the fuse box connectors. The fuses that are in it are not matching the value that they should be. So also replacing those. The #8 fuse fell out in peices.
 

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Did you gauges start flashing as it died on you?
Load test your battery, any auto parts store can do that for free.
Also is you alternator putting out properly, 13.5-14.5 @ 3,000 rpm? Could be sticking brushes.
 

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Check you BAS too.
Did it sputter or off like switch?
 

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Check you BAS too.
Did it sputter or off like switch?
> "Just shut off like I had flipped the kill switch."

> I suspect the kill switch on handle bar or kickstand, or the BAS.
> If all of these things check out Ok, then I'd next look for a failure of the "Common Ground Connector" (my terminology) on both left and right sides of bike... Failure of that will cause same symptoms as the others.
 

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Battery back at full charge, replaced the fuses that were all mismatched.

When I turn on key, then switch the kill switch to run I hear a hum like the electric fuel pump. I rocked the switch off and on and the fuel pump hummed up each time.

Tried to start and nothing but the starter spinning. I still see no gas in the fuel filter even though I hear the hum.

Will continue down list...

I did say it was the first time I had ridden this one in the rain so not sure if something got wet.
 

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...When I turn on key, then switch the kill switch to run I hear a hum like the electric fuel pump. I rocked the switch off and on and the fuel pump hummed up each time.

Tried to start and nothing but the starter spinning. I still see no gas in the fuel filter even though I hear the hum...
You replaced the Fuel Petcock right?... If so, then might try By-passing it, in case it's not opening and/or manually fill the fuel line from the petcock to the carb, and see if the engine starts upon receiving known gas.
 

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At least you found the starting problem.
While it's apart lube all the cables, clean the air filter, replace the sub and cruise filters, clean all the switches on the bike with electrical contact cleaner, do a vacuum hose test w/unlit torch
 

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Good idea. I had just replaced the Air filter and fuel filter when I was fixing the Petcock and original fuel leak.

Yesterday I started cleaning connectors and replaced all the fuses. Will continue till I get it all back together.

Thanks all for all the ideas to follow up on.

I guess last thing i did to the bike was the first thing I should have checked.... Petcock...
 

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Ah well, you get to have a little more intimate time with your bike and it will appreciate you more for it! Just keep telling it you'll be feeling better soon and we'll get out there where you can stretch your legs and run! They likes lots a lovin!
 
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