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Old 01-17-2008, 06:28 AM   #1
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640 Adventure Electrical Reliability

I’ve been trying to find info (without much luck) on the reliability of the 640 adventure CDI and other critical electrical components like the ignition coil that the bike will not run without. Some parts you can limp home without but if the CDI goes you’re done if you’re in the middle of nowhere. Even if you’re on paved roads it could be a long wait for a replacement.

Do any of you carry a spare CDI or coil, stator, or other specific electrical component. I know it’s a lot of pricey parts to carry and may never need them. How many have actually been stranded in the middle of nowhere from this type of failure? Mines an 07 btw.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:17 AM   #2
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in my years hanging about there i don't recall hearing about any ignition failures. not to say they don't happen, but if they do nobody has mentioned it (that i've seen).
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:49 AM   #3
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I researched the same questions, came up with nothing. Only problem I have had electrically was the solenoid wires breaking at the solenoid plug on the bike wiring harness side. This was more just a pain in the backside as the bike would start if you kicked it.

You must be planning a run???

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Old 01-17-2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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I researched the same questions, came up with nothing. Only problem I have had electrically was the solenoid wires breaking at the solenoid plug on the bike wiring harness side. This was more just a pain in the backside as the bike would start if you kicked it.

You must be planning a run???

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electrical problems like you mentioned do happen from time to time. in the 25,000miles i had my 640 i had two electrical issues:

1) a wire came loose under the dash. took 30 minutes to diagnose, then fix at the road side

2) a wire broke through and grounded on my sub frame. took about two hours to diagnose and repair in a hotel parking lot as it was getting dark.

i left my cel phone charger on and it drained the battery once too... easy fix for that one though
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:24 AM   #5
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The occasional loose connection I'm ok with and know it will happen at some point, although still a PITA, doing electrical for a living helps with the troubleshooting. I've figured out how to bypass some of the minor switches etc that the bike will run without, I'll pack some premade jumpers just in case. Recently I found the capacitor just about falling off along with the rubber tank mount.

Re planning a run, up into Northern Ontario, maybe James Bay...
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:33 AM   #6
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Ignition pulser?
One possible show stopper.
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