Yesterday, when I was picking up a prescription at the drive-through window at my pharmacy, my FJR died. The engine quit, and everything went dead except for the instrument panel, where every light came on, and the fuel level LCD started flashing. Turning the motor off and taking the key out did nothing.  Everything stayed lit up.  Then a few minutes later, everything turned off, and I was able to re-insert the key, and start her right up.  No further problems yesterday or for the first part of today.  Then, this afternoon, as I was driving home, it happened again at a stoplight. So, I crossed my fingers and headed directly for the motorcycle shop.

Once I got there, they played around with it, and were able to reproduce it several times.

So, the bike is in the shop, and I they won’t even be able to look at it until Monday.  They will be taking $100 just to diagnose the problem, so I’m bikeless until sometime next week.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

4 thoughts on “Bikeless”

  1. Dale, I assume that you already had the ignition switch recall done?  If not, start there.

    The other side of the electrical issue is there can be a grounding problem on our bikes.  There’s alot of info on the FJR forum.  At any rate, your symptoms sound like a fried grounding spider.  (grounding spider – several ground wires come together in a junction that looks a little like an aluminum spider)  The most common grounding spider to go is the one under the tank in the left front; the people on the forum call it the “black widow”.  There are two people on the forum that sell add-on grounding harnesses, but you’ll still need to fix the original problem first.

    Feel free to contact me if you.  Don’t know how much I can help, but I can let you know what I know.

  2. Dale, it sounds like a fired ground spider connector, the infamous FJR ‘spider bite’.  If it turns out to be a fried wire or connector please report it to the national highway safety board , Yamaha can and should fix this problem with a recall.

  3. It sure sounds like a ground problem,or a short someware.I had a problem with mine and I found the problem under the tank.It was a shorted wire.good luck!

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