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What's with the No Spark

As a new guy on the block, I am surprised to see a few recent posts about 'no spark' on fellow owners' bikes.

Is this an inherent problem with the early models, or the possibility that age and inheriting the problem from a dud seller might be more likely?

Then again, it could be one of those cycles we get. I think the previous one was fork seals!!
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As a new guy on the block, I am surprised to see a few recent posts about 'no spark' on fellow owners' bikes.

Is this an inherent problem with the early models, or the possibility that age and inheriting the problem from a dud seller might be more likely?

Then again, it could be one of those cycles we get. I think the previous one was fork seals!!
Morning Nigel, yes there should be a no spark forum, Honda bikes (as good as they are) have terrible wiring , due mostly to age , and the things heat can do to wiring, in the USA they have the "Pink" wire , UK (now) have HISS , both bring their problems ,why they never fitted a bigger gauge wire in the first place is a wonder
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Re: What's with the No Spark

Cheers for that. I tried to give you a rep point but the system wouldn't let me. I'm told I have to spread some around before giving you another. (Friggin' unbelievable!! My former wife lived by that same particular format )

Anyway, it does seem logical that bikes in the consistently warmer climates than ours might suffer more, especially those that were once used as commuters and left standing in 30-plus degree sun all day.

For me, with many bikes inside, I'll face no such problem. My indoor plants die, but the bikes live on! That's what 'm talkin' about!!
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Re: What's with the No Spark

Ahh, the no spark quandry, from the "grey wire" on Kawasaki to the pink wire on Honda we bounce back and forth begging the Gods to see that fire.
Undoubtedly many bikes went to an early grave, a frustrated owner desperately stalking the starter button for weeks until he threw in the towel
I have had some of these no spark issues be as easy as a 2 minute fix
and some that took me weeks to find
Its like a challenge,
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Re: What's with the No Spark

Thanks guys. I guess I'd prefer no spark to some of the spontaneously combusting Ducatis we heard of last year!!

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Re: What's with the No Spark

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As a new guy on the block, I am surprised to see a few recent posts about 'no spark' on fellow owners' bikes.

Is this an inherent problem with the early models, or the possibility that age and inheriting the problem from a dud seller might be more likely?

Then again, it could be one of those cycles we get. I think the previous one was fork seals!!
Diagnosis posts have become more common here recently. And the "NO SPARK" is one of the newer ones in my opinion. My 93 has the original coils in it, original wire harness, etc. and never had an issue. It's one of those anomalies I guess. Sometimes I think people immediately go with a "no spark" claim, not really knowing what their problem is.

I just replied to a guy who is claiming no spark on his new to him 93. It's not a common problem for these simple ignition systems to fail. I would suspect a frayed wire, bad ground, or other issue before I suspected a CDI unit failure. Not saying it can't happen, but it has been inherently not common place.

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Re: What's with the No Spark

So true, Ian. Owners tend to shoot for the most dramatic and expensive resolution when it might only be a simple matter of frayed wire covering.

I remember a case once where a new rider complained that his gearbox was suddenly 'tight'. He wouldn't fess up to having dropped the bike, but it was patently obvious. The gear lever was bent and rubbing against the engine casing!

Just shows that dipsticks are not only devices for checking oil levels!
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