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We don't exactly know what bike you have, year, warranty left...and your profile is empty, so it's difficult to advise you with all the empty holes...Please fill in your profile so that we can help you na din your signature of profile it wouldn't hurt to put in yor birthdate so that we know your age...it helps...if you know the age sometimes... anyway I personally don't think it is an electrical problem unless you just have a wire that is rubbed some insulation loose somewhere or you have a defective switch somewhere like a dirty kickstand switch...I would put my money on fuel...we have seen a rash of ventilation problems lately where the vacuum line is defective crimped or whatever and also finding that sediment is in the bottom of the fuel tank and is just now affecting people. try running on REServe and see if it does the same thing...also ther isa fine mesh screen in the botom of your tank which can become sorta clogged with sediment...we've even had a couple petcocks that were cleaned out to solve the problem...the kickstand switch was a wierd one but a valid problem...that took cleaning it and in one situation wd-40 and working it took care of the problem... I wouldn't advise riding around with your fuel tank filler open...do you ever hear a suction wheezing sound like vacuum? let us know what you find...Spark plugs have failed in the past...they are only ceramic and they do get cracks and you can't see them...
 

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I hope that the answer is in there somewhere...your remark about the plug wires reminds me about exactly that failing recently and the guy was going nuts trying to figure it out...now that it's about dusk go out and spray water on your engine and see if it dies...or you get the TESLA light show of arking. 34 years...COOL...I have this 1951 Studebaker Commander and I had this goofy idea of being way wierd and installing a small diesel engine and 4 speed transmission instead of an old really heavy V8 You have any ideas on that ...like forget it? Anyway hope that you get the thing running right and I really am anxious to hear what all you found. I'm 51 and spent 20 years in the NAVY doing mostly Mainframe computer work...now I'm retired doing nothing...and going broke....
 

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I have several friends working for FORD. Perhaps a 6.0 Liter...although I think that ther is also a 4.6L diesel I know that VW is running diesels...this year even in the PASSAT. My best bet may come from a FORD...but ther is still a chance that www.studebakermotorcompany.com may build a coupel of engines, and I'm actually a penciled in Board of Director...I know the President/CEO in Texas...I was actually hopeing to ride a Studebaker Motorcycle before I had to rebuild a 2002 Ninja 250R from the salvage yard...1028 miles on it. I know it's a small bike but I've had my fun on big bikes and I need Physical Therapy, so the 250R will be the Rocket that does 75MPH tops in 6th. Later I'll buy a larger bike for the road, but it will have to be a sportbike, lean over forward, because of the cages and fusion in my back...I love bikes...Karting, Autocross, mostly roadracing with bikes...something about coming out of a corner nearly dragging your elbow and slowly Twisting the throtttle as you feel the bike under your butt moving and then bring it out and upright as you shift and pull the front end off hte ground about 6" and keep shifting till you have to get on the brakes hard and set the suspensionand setup for hitting the apex of the next series of curves...
 
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