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Old 10-20-2017, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Stutters, Headlight Stops Working

took a ride yesterday. my brother was riding my Wee. we stopped at a light and when he took off, the bike sounded sorta like he was in 2nd or 3rd gear. it was a little different, like it was miss firing. anyway, it returned to normal after 5 seconds and we went down the road. we pulled over after a mile or so, to look over the bike. well, neither Hi/Lo headlights were working. bike seemed fine, so we took off. the lights started to work, and bike seemed ok.

i don't believe it "healed" itself. where should i be looking to find the problem?

thanks, Keith

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Old 10-20-2017, 11:00 AM
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That is usually a start switch contact or sometimes a bad connection. The running problem can also be a bad connection but may be a charging system problem leading to low voltage or a bad battery. Put a voltmeter on the battery leads and check with the ignition off, at idle and at or above 3000rpm. Let us know the results but check against the following table.

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Check the battery terminals are tight, they tend to work loose on bikes.

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