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Offline heathy

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Ignition problem
on: March 28, 2015, 02:21:21 PM
Help! Parked my CR on the drive this morning on the steering lock, all was fine. Later noticed head light was on so turned ignition on and off and jiggled the dip switch and it went off. A bit later headlight was on again so did the same and thought I'd fire it up to check the battery was not flat.  Fired up OK but when I switched ignition off the engine kept running!!! It stops with the kill switch but ignition remains on.  However, the heated grips that are wired to the ignition fuse do turn off with the ignition.  Honda dealer have not heard of this before and cannot look at it for a week!!! Any one else experienced the same problem, or have any ideas?

Since posting this I have come across a post by Passepoil in General Maintainance and Servie posted December 2013.  An independent mechanic has removed the side panel and found the fault with my CR is identical to that experienced by Passepoil.  The wiring loom passes through a pinch point where it crosses the nearside rear radiator fixing lug.  In my case there is some oxidising to the outer loom so the damage can probably be repaired. I am however still looking at a bill of several hundred pounds stirling in labour costs.  I took the bike to an independent mechanic because the Honda Dealer I purchased it from 6 months ago could not look at it for a week!!!  I am awaiting a call back from Honda UK which they tell me could take up to 3 days (not impressed)!!  I will update you all on Honda's response.
Last Edit: March 30, 2015, 03:14:30 PM by heathy

Offline Gain

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Re: Ignition problem
Reply #1 on: April 05, 2015, 08:30:35 PM
Keep us posted regarding this, I will take a look at the wife's bike to make sure all is well.
On another note, my daughter lives in Rubery, at the top end.

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Re: Ignition problem
Reply #2 on: April 09, 2015, 08:36:19 AM
so, spoke to Honda UK Customer service department and they said they'd never had the problem reported before (probably because the bikes have set on fire and culminated in an insurance claim).  Wanted me to take it to a Honda dealer for assessment but said they probably would not pay for the repair without a fight.  Taking everything into account I decided to bite the bullet and paid the independent mechanic who had the bike to repair it, cost me £200.00 in labour (7 hours because of the amount of stripping down to get to the loom).
The problem appears to be that the loom is taped so securely to the frame there is no give when the frame flexes, hence it rubs on the radiator mounting lug and chaffs through.  Four cables had rubbed through to the bare wire causing the electrical short.  the mechanic has soldered in new wire, insulated the joints , re-taped the loom and sheathed it with a piece of rubber coolant pipe to protect it at that vulnerable point.  This is potentially a dangerous build fault with any Honda VFR model (not just Crossrunners) and I would encourage all owners to inspect their machine and apply some protection to the loom at the point where it passes over the radiator mounting lug. Oh, and DO NOT trust a Honda Dealer to do it as according to Honda UK my bike has never been services despite a service book full of stamps!  The mechanic who did the work is of the opinion that the bike has never been properly serviced!!
Anyway £200.00 lighter but back on the road.

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Re: Ignition problem
Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 08:12:40 PM
It doesn't make very good reading on Honda's part does it.
Hmm, I'm glad you managed to get sorted, I use an independent that is a specialist in his own
right, the only time my wife's bike will see a Honda dealer is for the big valve check service unless I can find an independent who is able to do it.