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She barely got me home today.

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And its my main transportation right now. I can feel the grey hairs coming in.

Anyhow, I was cruising this morning at 65-70 and about 30 miles into my ride I felt it hesitate a couple times, a few miles apart. That was crappy enough to get me worried. Then I get on the freeway on the last stretch toward the house maybe 55 miles into the ride, get going 75-80, cruising along and it died completely for a second or two. Just enough time I glanced down and saw the check engine light flash in and clear just as the bike fired back up.

So another three or four miles going 75, went okay. Stopped at the gas station and topped up like I do every morning. Going going again, 1.6 miles to go. At the second light I stopped and it all went to ****. Engine lugging bad, idling really low when I let off the gas, check engine light flashing on and off repeatedly, the bike would not rev up when I gave it throttle. Limped the rest of the way to the house.

When I got to the house, I took my helmet and earphones off and let it idle while I looked it over. Smelled gas pretty strong but that cleared up. Hopped back on and went around the block, everything ran fine.

What in the heck just happened to my bike?
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I really shouldn't be responding here since I might not have anything positive to add, but I notice two potential problems that have already been pointed out. The response by Coors when he asked if there were any mods was my first thought too. You are asking the aftermarket tuner to make adjustments for the air kit and exhaust. That's it's job, you say. Maybe I am just way behind the times but I can't get over the fact that Yamaha has spent considerable time and money designing and fine tuning this bike and, with the exception of race applications in which more performance is dictated, I see no need for performance mods. Yeah, that's not going to win me any points on this forum, but there is always a trade off when you try to extract more performance from a machine. Reliability ?? Having said all this, I hope your problem is moisture related as you stated that you washed your bike. Remember, bikes are not like cars in that they have much more mechanical and electrical components exposed and are venerable to water under pressure. I've learned things the hard way too. :)
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