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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a VTX 1300.. now what?

I just brought home a 2007 VTX 1300 last week, the good news is it only has 5400 miles. The bad news is it's still a 10 year old bike.

I only have 100 miles on the bike and am already having problems. The bike runs like it's starved for fuel and will not run without the choke pulled out at least a 1/4... Unless it's switched to reserve, then it runs fine. I have been reading around and see it's more than likely a bad petcock? If anyone could confirm, I'd appreciate it.

I am trying to make a checklist of things that should be done to the bike to ensure a long life and dependability. Here's what I have so far:

New seat ( done- got a mustang 2-piece)
Full service (for my own piece of mind)
New tires (still on the originals)

Are there any other qwerks to these bikes that I should be aware of? Or replace now to prevent future troubles kind of things?

Any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 12:40 AM
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Fill tank and add seafoam cleaner, run that out and fill again.
Only use regular.

You may have to clean the jets from the lack of use over the years.

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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 12:55 AM
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The petcock works on vacuum so if it's bad it wouldn't work either in "on" or "reserve". When I had my first VTX, it was sitting up for over a year and ran like crap too. I ran Seafoam through it like Charlie said and I found where one of the spark plug wires came partially unscrewed from the boot causing the cylinder to load up due to it not firing.
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Steering neck bearings are junk. Replace with the tapered rollers or "All Balls" brand kit. $30 Check in/ around the air intake for critter nests. This can choke off air flow at highway speed but start/ idle/ run at slow speed fine. Happened to my 1100 Shadow after sitting 3 days.
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I have a 04 1300c when I bought it I had to clean the carb because it sat to long. Welcome from Daytona Beach, ride safely.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:39 AM
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it's really east to drop the petcock to clean it out if the seafoam doesn't do the job.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome. I'll try the seafoam today and put some miles on it and hopefully that does the trick. I should probably get a spare fuel filter and swap it out after the seafoam?

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2007 had a bad petcock--the diaphragm material was failing.
It had a recall, the cover(vacuum diaphragm) can be replaced.
Petcock recall PDF doc attached....
Check for cracked vacuum hoses from the petcock to the manifold and two "Tee" fittings if original.
Reserve being lower has more weight above it, could be at a critical point.
You can test fuel flow (remove fuel line at petcock--apply vacuum to petcock vacuum port)
with a vacuum pump or your suction......
Basically sitting in place too long... Crap in carb jets/air bleeds. Change tires ASAP...
Easy to use parts fiche::
16953-KEA-023 COVER SET, PETCOCK $28.61 $26.97
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File Type: pdf Honda petcock recall RCRIT-08V141-7216.pdf (540.4 KB, 19 views)

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If none of the above suggestions correct the idling problems, replace the slow jet in the carb with a new one, the slow jet controls starting and idling, you could clean it, but it would better to get a new one because the holes are very small, over time with stale fuel will start to clog the small holes. The slow jet is easy to replace screws in and out with a screwdriver. I would also replace the petcock fuel screen with a new one. And some fresh fuel.
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