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Old 01-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #1
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ANNOYING Problems with my 650 gs

am hoping someone can point me in the right direction with an issue I am having with my 2013 G 650GS Sertao.

The bike turns off at random intervals. It has happened while riding the bike and it's happened when idling, standing still (neutral). Needless to say that the bike's electrics turning off completely (no hazards, no indicators, nothing) is rather dangerous when travelling at speed on busy roads with no way of being able to indicate that I am slowing and will need to turn.

Had the bike checked was told that due to the computer having reset there were no codes to get off and no indicators what caused it to reset.There were no obvious faults or problems with insulation of wires. Apparently.

Things I have noticed:

1. Riding along at a stable speed, 4th gear @ approx. 3-4000RPM the RPM display will (sometimes) jump and stay at 7000 or 8000 RPM (rev alert indicator comes on), however the bike's definitely not revving at max RPM. What's required is to shift up or down a gear which brings the rev counter back to actual.

2. The stalling issue described above. Riding along the bikes electrics and engine turn off. The electrics sometimes come back on immediately. At one stage I called roadside to have the bike jumped. The bike started but without revving the engine to above 3k, it won't stay on. The alternator works and I've had both alternator and battery checked.

3. Not starting at all. Key in the ignition. Self checks on the display are ok. Bike in neutral, kill switch off...simply won't turn over. The computer will turn off completely and IGN OFF will be displayed. If I am lucky the computer then resets and I can try again. Other days (not so lucky) there will be no power at all and the display will be completely blank.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:18 AM   #2
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After copying that post over from Thumpers (where it belongs) to here (where it doesn't) you should now immediately follow up by contacting inmate Loutre who is responsible for providing kind words to the new joiners in the Parallel Universe.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:31 AM   #3
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Before Loutre gets here, I'd say take it to the Dealer and leave it there. It's not worth your life when it quits in traffic or some other crucial moment. That bike is mostly Chinese now as in lowest bidder on components. They're a great bike and I've owned them but when things went all Global and cheap, they lost their shine.

You have a serious and dangerous electrical problem. Could be a bad wiring harness or computer. In any case, it's all under warranty. Be firm with the Dealer and get a loaner if possible. Document everything.

Good luck.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:23 AM   #4
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That sounds like the chronical broken ignition wiring issue, introduced with the F650 back in 1992. Same happened to me with my F650GS single, and it's really not fun suddenly finding yourself rolling silently on the left lane on the highway.

To be on the safe side, I would also recommend bringing it immediately to the dealer - I guess the bike should still be under warranty.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:23 AM   #5
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Yes, the main wiring harness to the ign switch was constantly flexing from steering action so eventually the wires broke causing all sorts of issues. I'd think a 2013 is too new, low mileage for that.
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