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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2017, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Rebel 500 no start

Well I might be the first one with a problem. My Rebel 500 with 500 miles left me on the side of the road this morning. The bike sputtered and died rolling about 45mph. Nothing electrical is working now. Dash is blank, no head light, no fuel prime. All I could do on the side of the road was check connections and fuses which all seemed good. Will update when I am off work and can get the bike home for further inspection.
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Oh man, that doesn't sound good. Do you have any modifications done?

Only thought is the power or ground cable came loose
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2017, 02:30 PM
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That sucks ! something similar happend to me, but my electricals were just fine.

My 500 ABS died on the freeway, but once I turned it off and on again it worked fine.

The problem was that the fuel injector clip was connected but was not fully locked, the loose connection was causing the bike to hesitate.

Since the bike is new and under warranty, the Honda guys did not charge me anything to fix the issue. Just drop it off at the dealership you bought it or ask them to tow it in for you since it wont start.
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Well I might be the first one with a problem. My Rebel 500 with 500 miles left me on the side of the road this morning. The bike sputtered and died rolling about 45mph. Nothing electrical is working now. Dash is blank, no head light, no fuel prime. All I could do on the side of the road was check connections and fuses which all seemed good. Will update when I am off work and can get the bike home for further inspection.
If you have no electrical working it kind of narrows down the possible problems.

1. Bad battery
2. Bad kill switch
3. Bad stator not charging the battery when the bike is running.
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If you have no electrical working it kind of narrows down the possible problems.

1. Bad battery
2. Bad kill switch
3. Bad stator not charging the battery when the bike is running.
This is usually the case on a bike with a history, but for a new bike with few miles I would tend to think it was @rangrot said earlier. Something either became unplugged or some electrical sensor failed.

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Hope you get it fixed, let us know the outcome.
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Sorry guys i had to leave the state for work and have been super busy. I had to tow the bike to a dealer. They have had it since last Friday. No update yet. I am going to call them tomorrow and see if they have figured anything out. I wonder if Honda will reimburse me for the tow?
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Oh man, that doesn't sound good. Do you have any modifications done?

Only thought is the power or ground cable came loose
No mods yet. Have a two brothers pipe ready to go on!
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Thanks for the update Fresh1, keep us informed on the progress, hope you get it back soon and hope they pay for the tow.
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Sorry guys i had to leave the state for work and have been super busy. I had to tow the bike to a dealer. They have had it since last Friday. No update yet. I am going to call them tomorrow and see if they have figured anything out. I wonder if Honda will reimburse me for the tow?
If its the same dealer you bought the bike from they charge the towing fees to honda!ask them for it.
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