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    Question Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    My lovely sporty stopped at 70mph on the way to the Wallace, 30 miles south of Edinburgh, free wheeled to hard shoulder.
    Won’t start. Now at HD Edinburgh. Not the coil, not the plugs, not the plug leads, not the battery. Engine turns but no spark?
    The timing cover has been removed for further investigation. Apparently they can’t do trial and error with new spares as it’s “old”. Any suggestions, ideas I can pass on to the mechanic?
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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    Timing cover is a good place to start, quite often the ignition trigger fails. (Or crank position sensor) This is quite easy to test by earthing the trigger, it's just like a proximity switch an electronic set of points. Something else to rule out before moving on to the more difficult / expensive engine management box.

    Added......aparently there is also a 'Bank angle sensor' located near the coils which could also disconnect the ignition circuit.
    More added....theres a green wire from the bank angle sensor, which is the main power feed to the ignition pick up (module) if this isn't live, no ignition.
    I'm guessing they would have checked the fuses
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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    hi marj my kims did the same thing a while back after much twatting about i found the kill switch had corroded inside and the wire broken away behind the switch nearly lost my hair tracing it hope this helps and try a fresh battery also as sometimes the post fractures inside and makes and breaks the circuit as the engine turns over so the voltage drops below 9.5v which is needed for the ignition to function and provide spark

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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    It's a good possibility to look at Barry but would be eliminated if there is a voltage coming off the angle sensor.......my advice would be to start at the 6 pin connector (which could also be the problem) onto the pickup and work backwards. HD seem very good at replacing things but maybe not so hot on simple testing.
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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    good point thats why we are old school

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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    this is where a power probe make life easier ,,,you don't need the expecive one just the green and red lights and the live or neutral switch ,

    one of these has saved me a lot of head scratching ,, about £15 Ebay

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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    Quote Originally Posted by devon.john View Post
    this is where a power probe make life easier ,,,you don't need the expecive one just the green and red lights and the live or neutral switch ,

    one of these has saved me a lot of head scratching ,, about £15 Ebay

    john
    The dealer wouldn't have one of them John, you cant plug it into a laptop.
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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    Thank you everyone for your input. I sent your responses via a link to HD Edinburgh. Bike diagnosed the next day, Wednesday, fixed ready to go Thursday, but still in Edinburgh. I’m going up by train Saturday and riding it back to Leamington on Sunday, via a free night in Newcastle with family. RESULT!
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    Re: Sportster XLC 883 Anniversary model

    Do you know what the problem was? May help someone in the future, at least it'' fixed.

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