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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a 1800, things to watch for?

Been riding my 1300 since '09 and have loved every minute of it (aside from the time my petcock stopped operating heh heh).

One of my buds was getting rid of their 03 1800R and wondered if I wanted it. Picked it up for a decent deal but I'm wondering what sort of maintenance I need to watch for. (such as the petcock issue of the 1300) this bike has been babied and he was the original owner so I know it's had the proper maintenance done but I'm curious about common issues.

this bike has many of the common extras such as the handlebar risers but I would also like to know other things that I should think about doing (noticed the pair valve is still there).

thanks for any advice you fine fellows have! only gotten it out once so far because it's snowing

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Nice that it was your bud's! Ask him if he's done the ground fix recently - http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/elec...-for-vtx-1800/
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The Fuel Pressure Regulator, or FPR. If the fuel pump is inside the tank, then this is a problem for those FPRs. See this for how to change it;
http://www.californiavtxriders.com/p...p?f=26&t=32640

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good read. thanks for the heads up! this is exactly the sorta thing I was looking for!
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What exactly do you mean by "babied"? How many miles? Aside from what has already been referred to, you will probably want to disassemble the shift linkage. Clean and grease, use synthetic grease. I drilled and tapped the bosses for my shift and brake pivots and installed grease fittings. If it still has the stock clutch, there is a good chance it is slipping, or will start slipping shortly. Although there have been a few that have not.

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What exactly do you mean by "babied"? How many miles? Aside from what has already been referred to, you will probably want to disassemble the shift linkage. Clean and grease, use synthetic grease. I drilled and tapped the bosses for my shift and brake pivots and installed grease fittings. If it still has the stock clutch, there is a good chance it is slipping, or will start slipping shortly. Although there have been a few that have not.
serviced every year with full synthetic. clutch was done a year or two ago, 19k miles.
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Things to Watch out For.!!!!

Police,
speeding tickets.
Tires
GAS
Police
Gas.

crazy people in sports cars.


GAS.
crazy people in general.

just had to.... 1800 owner since 2005. and 72,000 miles
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MTC clutch & springs.. K&N Air Filter. Garmin 2597 GPS.
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Things to Watch out For.!!!!

Police,
speeding tickets.
Tires
GAS
Police
Gas.

crazy people in sports cars.


GAS.
crazy people in general.

just had to.... 1800 owner since 2005. and 72,000 miles
And don't forget... GAS!
(the regular 87 octane variety to make the low compression engine happy)


'07 VTX 1800F spec 3
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And don't forget... GAS!
(the regular 87 octane variety to make the low compression engine happy)
but the VTX 1800 does get better gas mileage then my past Gold Wings...
my (86) 1200 Sei almost never seen 45mpg... my "F" does sometimes.
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Yeah I averaged about 45 in my 13. Another question for you guys. What angle do you fill up at? My 13 I could pretty much just put the nozzle in the hole and it went fine. First fillup in the 18 and gas drops were spraying out all over the place. Where is the sweetspot?
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