First problem I've had with my 05 DL650. Bought it at 8,000 mi and it just turned 10,000.
Had a beautiful Sunday ride in the Tennessee countryside. Absolutely gorgeous riding. This is why I got back into motorcycling. Wee ran flawlessly. Got further away from home than I meant to, so I cut across some more country roads and found I-65 north to Nashville. I don't get on the interstate much and rarely get much past 65 mph around town.
Rode an indicated 85 mpg for about 25 miles, smooth as silk. It was fine. Got behind a 16 wheeler and it started cutting out. I didn't believe it at first, thought it might be severe buffeting from the truck wake. Took her down to 70 mph, behind the wake, and she was still cutting out. Back up to 85 and it smoothed out and I passed the truck and it rode smooth as ever.
A few miles later, at about 75 mph indicated, had an interstate incident. I was in the right lane, about 8 seconds back, when the cars in front of me all lit up red. Cars and minivans were emergency braking so I did too. Went from 75 to 35 in two pumps, each one ending when the rear wheel started dancing and trying to come around front. Slowed down real fast. A minivan swerved off to the shoulder on my right, braking hard, and the cars in all four lanes were all braking hard too. Then a deer jumped across the minivan and on past the shoulder. We all resumed interstate travel. Bike ran fine.
Five miles later, I took an exit to Brentwood and downshifted to engine brake on the exit and the Wee died. That was a shocker. Turned the ignition on/off a few times and the center red light was on. Checked the kill switch to make sure I didn't accidentally bump it. No joy there. I turned the ignition on, big red light, hit the on switch, then starter...and it started right up.
Rode it smoothly all the way home. But now I have lost confidence in the bike. What in the world happened? Could the sudden deceleration just a couple of minutes before have caused the Wee to die when I slowed to take the exit? Is the earlier cutting out related?
Recent additions have been a bash plate and center stand, but they went on smoothly enough. Gassed up with Exxon regular (with 10% horse urine). This bike has never had a hiccup. I really don't want to take it to the local dealer, but I will if I have to.
Can you-all suggest a possible cause? Had some rides planned but now I don't want to get too far from home until this is resolved.