Hi everyone this is my first posting and my first day with a 2002 1800r. This bike has 16000 miles just wondering what I should do to it before I start riding? The weather in Wisconsin will keep me home for a while yet. Do I need to adjust the valves at that milage? I'm not sure
Your close enough to do a valve adjust. (think it is 900 & 1800 mi??)..
Also the Ground Fix (search) to eliminate potential bad ground in Electrical..
Also on 02 / 03 models I think (im a 1300 guy) there is an issue with fuel regulator???? (chime in here 1800 guys)??
It will leak gas into oil, check and smell it etc...
But awesome bikes, youll love it....
Gass into oil sounds bad is this a common problem?
Fuel pressure Regulator failure is common on early 1800's, usually discovered by the oil level in the crank case rising and having a strong smell of gasoline. They are cheap, about $30 and easy to replace and that would be a good winter project.
Definitely check out the oil you drain from the bike when you change it. If there's any hint of gasoline (thin and runny oil, gasoline smell), then get the Fuel Pressure Regulator swapped ASAP and be ready to change the oil again after a couple hundred miles - just to be sure the gasoline is all out of the crankcase.
DEFINITELY check out your electrical grounds. As yours is a 2002, you'll need to correct 2 different electrical grounds. Even if they've been corrected already, it's good practice to clean up the grounds every so often. Here's a great "how-to" and "why"... http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/elec...-for-vtx-1800/
With the linked brakes on these 1800 bikes, be sure you follow the brake bleeding/flushing directions in the proper order. I'm not sure the "why" on this one, but enough experienced guys smarter than I am have really stressed that issue. http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/brak...akes-vtx-1800/
Other things are pretty cut and dry. One thing MANY people miss... regardless of how great the tires might look - CHECK THE DATE CODES! It is a four digit number molded into the sidewall of the tire that gives week number (first two digits) and year (second two digits) that the tire was manufactured. Tires harden up, lose grip, and are very susceptible to cracking/dryrot after 5 or so years. In my honest opinion, if the tire's date code is more than 4 years old on a "new to me" motorcycle, the tire gets replaced. It's not worth the risk to me.