My SV died. FI light blinking.

David Chamberlin dwc at
Sat Sep 13 21:28:04 PDT 2008

Whoops, forgot to mention - it's an '03 nekkid and has about 47,000 miles on

And while I don't think it's related, just in case, the valves were just
checked last week - all were within tolerance - the TB's sync'd, the spark
plugs replaced, and also we had the generator cover off because there was an
odd rattling - turns out the stator bolts had started working themselves
loose so some loktite was applied and they were re-tightened.  Note that
I've put on about 600 miles since that maintenance was done.


On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 9:21 PM, David Chamberlin <dwc at> wrote:

> Sigh.  After all this time telling people how bullet-proof and reliable my
> SV is, it up and died on me tonight.  :-(
> It was running beautifully, I was just accelerating away from a stop light
> and it suddenly died.  No sputtering, no hesitation, just *poof* done.
> I pulled over to the side and tried to restart it, it cranked fine, but it
> didn't catch and the red FI light was blinking and it was flashing FI in the
> LCD.  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I think maybe it has
> something to do with the fuel system.  :-)  Oh, and to answer the obvious,
> there should be a reasonable amount of fuel in there (and the fuel light was
> not on).
> I tell ya - 3 miles of non-flat terrain is a lot farther than you think
> when pushing a bike.  :-(  I think I got my workout for the month.  At least
> it was night-time and not too warm.
> So - any ideas of what I should check/try to try and narrow it down?  Or
> should I suck it up and find someone to help me tow it to a shop?
> Thanks,
> Dave

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