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Riding through a very heavy thunderstorm today, my 2000 Valkyrie Interstate died. Engine quit running, although still had power. Pulled off to side of road in the rain, and after 5-10 minutes, finally got it to fire up. Rode another 30 minutes in the rain, but not as heavy, and no other issues. Anyone have an idea what happened?
 

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water shorting the handlebar kill switch ? I know thats a long stretch .

Umm how well do the plugs seal on a Valk ? perhaps grounded the plug wires ?
 

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Don't know the Valks, but do they perhaps have the small drain holes down in the wells of the spark plugs? Maybe one or more of those has blocked up with muck and needs cleaning out with a thin wire?
Just a thought. :?
 

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water shorting the handlebar kill switch ? ...
+1... or the kill switch on the kick stand, as both are heavily exposed to water. I always bypass both these switches on any new-to-me-bike, for exactly this reason!

If that's not it, then it's probably time to start going through all your wires (especially on front of bike), opening, cleaning, and re-assembling with dielectric grease so as to make them waterproof in the future.
 
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