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post #1 of 81 Old 08-27-2014, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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first issue with my street 500

So like the title says, after about 900 miles, I'm reporting my first issue. I'm not sure if I should bother taking it to the dealer though.


I have the SE muffler, intake, and stage 1 download, and whenever the tank is a little low (the light is JUST beginning to fade on/off), the engine cuts out when I take off a little hard from a stop.


I'm sure its due to one of a couple reasons, either a lack of proper baffles in the fuel tank, causing a lack of fuel pressure to the injectors under heavy acceleration, or there's an issue in the fuel/ignition map.


Anyone having a similar problem? I doubt the dealer would own up to it... saying that they couldn't replicate the problem, or some other nonsense. When it happens, its a little scary actually - kinda like someone slamming on the front brake for a split second.
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I know the problem you are speaking of. My 750 did the exact same thing. I took it to the dealer and had them test ride it. Also the fuel light NEVER came on at all.
On the test ride the machine acted just as I told the technician it would. The fuel pick-up is at the front of the tank so when it is low on fuel and you take off rather quickly all the fuel is sent to the back of the tank, hence the jerk and cut-out you get when you first accelerate. The light not coming on was something different, they ordered a complete fuel injection system ( pump I guess). It will be installed Friday the 29th.
Run your machine until it is low on fuel and take it to your dealership and tell them to test ride it. This problem was reported to Harley by the technician that test rode mine and they are now aware of it.
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Thanks, that helps me a ton to know I'm not the only one. That was a dumb move... Not exactly the first bike these guys have made.
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Yes, with the fuel pick-up in the front of the tank this will happen when low on fuel but it's probably with less than 1/2 gallon of fuel in the tank. I've had mine down to 1/2 gallon and didn't experience the problem.

My low fuel light also had a problem (light always on) and the pump assembly was replaced. My problem now is that it doesn't come on until I'm down to 1/2 gallon so it needs to be calibrated by the dealer. That will be taken care of next week. We need it to come on with about 1 gallon left in the tank and I believe that's what the service manual calls for.

I suggest never running it down to less than 1/2 gallon if you can avoid it. It's not like it costs a lot to fill it up.




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Thank goodness I'm not the only one with this problem. It has happened a few times and I thought it was simply my shifting!
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Not the point. It's a design flaw and needs to be fixed. My fill up today was 2.1 gallons, and that was topped off, so the tank had plenty of fuel (of course only in my opinion).

Something like this is worthy of a safety recall. This is an easy fix... Unless the tank outlet is just a welded on bung. I haven't pulled it apart, and I'm really not interested enough to. That's saying a lot.
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Not the point. It's a design flaw and needs to be fixed. My fill up today was 2.1 gallons, and that was topped off, so the tank had plenty of fuel (of course only in my opinion).

Something like this is worthy of a safety recall. This is an easy fix... Unless the tank outlet is just a welded on bung. I haven't pulled it apart, and I'm really not interested enough to. That's saying a lot.


You had 1.4 gallons in the tank if it took 2.1 gallons and this problem should NOT be happening. I'd take it to the dealer and they will report it to Harley. Something is wrong with your fuel pick-up.




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Agree... Coming up on my 1k service anyway. I'll let you know what the result is.
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Looking forward to an update, how much further away are you from that 1k service?
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about 100 miles, which means I'll likely take it over tomorrow with about 1/4 tank left.
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