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Cheers..

I have a weird and potentially dangerous issue going on with my bike (2000 ZX12R). I was out riding and my bike shut it self off two times for no apparent reason. It just died.
First time it happened, I was riding along on a straight stretch of road (not speeding or anything..). Coasted to a buss stop, pulled over, thinking -WTF?? Turned the key off and turned the key back on, and the bike got its electric power back as if nothing had happened. Second time it happened, (now riding at a "loose your licence" speed), as I was giving it throttle out of the corner, the bike died again. Coasted to a stop, tuned the key off and back on, and again the bike started and ran as if nothing had happened.

This issue is creepy and possibly dangerous.. First thing that came to mind was a faulty tip over sensor, but if that was the case, the bike should have turned off when ever I leaned it over. My second guess is a worn out ignition key switch. Sometimes I have to give the key a little wiggle to turn the bike on.. Other than that, no idea..

Any one else had this sort of issue, or an idea what is going on? The first time it happened I was just like WTF? but after the second time, that freaked me out a little because loosing all electric power while hanging off the bike, leaning it through a corner and starting to give it throttle out of the corner is not the best feeling...

Thanks!
/Tom
 

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From what you've written I'd first be looking at the ignition switch. I would think it's possible for vibrations while riding causing the ignition to cut out.
I have had a similar occurrence on my 12 where twice it cut out while riding, but will have to check my own service notes as to what the outcome was (forgot!).
 

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A total power failure could be a few things, an ignition switch or plug related, or loose battery terminals, or bad connections in the starter solenoid where the main 30 amp green system fuse is.
 
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Thanks Gentlemen..

I will investigate and let you know what I find. At the moment I suspect the ignition switch is the culprit, but will check out everything mentioned.

Thanks!!!
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Does the instrument cluster clock reset, as if it does it's more likely to point to a battery tray located problem?
 
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