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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-28-2018, 02:02 PM
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-02-2019, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Today is January 01/2019, and I bought my VTX18C2 on 12/31/2018. Funny thing is that I bought my ST1100 on 12/31/2015, but I couldn't ride it for 2 months due to my broken arm sustained in a crash on my Kawasaki Mean Streak in November 2015. Bought the ST with the money I got from my insurance company from the accident. Now I am just receiving my Settlement from that accident, and I went out and got my true replacement, for the Streak, the VTX. I love the ST1100, but it was the same ride day in and day out, and I had to get a VTX to accompany it. The Streak was a fun ride, but the VTX 1800 over the Streaks 1600, no match.


Today, I finally took the VTX for my first ride. It was a sunny January 1st, but the San Ana winds were blowing cold. But the VTX took it without being blown around, unlike what my ST would have done with all it's plastic covering it so the wind can't get through, so it makes it an unhappy ride in high winds.


Anyway I wasn't letting the wind stop me. Drove the 65 miles to Palmdale to visit my brother, who has a Yamaha Raider. So took a picture of us both on our bikes.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-02-2019, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Got my VTX18C2 on Dec. 31st of 2018. Went for my first ride on New Years Day. Santa Ana winds were blowing hard and cold, but that didn't stop me. VTX didn't mind the winds at all, but I did. Rode the 65 miles to Palmdale to visit my brother, who has a Yamaha Raider. Found that the starter doesn't crank if I push the starter button all the way down, I have to find a sweet spot when pushing the button and the turn signals don't always work right away. My guess is that switches on the handlebars are the issues. Any comments on that?
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Got my VTX18C2 on Dec. 31st of 2018. Went for my first ride on New Years Day. Santa Ana winds were blowing hard and cold, but that didn't stop me. VTX didn't mind the winds at all, but I did. Rode the 65 miles to Palmdale to visit my brother, who has a Yamaha Raider. Found that the starter doesn't crank if I push the starter button all the way down, I have to find a sweet spot when pushing the button and the turn signals don't always work right away. My guess is that switches on the handlebars are the issues. Any comments on that?
Welcome to the forum! The handlebar switches are a common problem with age.. Here are a couple of links that should help...

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/73-how-...itch-mtce.html

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/7-vtx-1...-overhaul.html

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Yep. everyone here has or will have that problem at one time or another, the above links should get you fixed up. It only takes about 30-40 minutes each to do the fixes the first time, even less when you have done it a time or two. If in a bind, a liberal spraying of WD-40 will work temporarily.
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Welcome..... Lived in Oxnard and Camarillo until I was a sophomore in High School... many years ago.
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-04-2019, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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I read the post today, and wished I would have read before yesterday, as I took my switch apart and their were many things I would have done differently if I would have saw the video first. My turn signals are working, but they are so stiff. First thing I'm going to do is tackle that switch agin when I get home.
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Got home and took the switch apart again and this time I did it right, just like the video, except I didn't have Silicone spray or the blue grease. Used brake cleaner, and grease that you pack wheel bearing in. But now it works perfectly.
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-09-2019, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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My turn signals now working fine, except it bothers me regarding the one light flashing on the panel letting you know your turn signals are flashing, but not which one.

Anyway, my starter button wouldn't always start right away, so saw the video on that at:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...N8ZFOD4xbU2nov

After taking it apart and cleaning the contacts, my engine starts right away when the starter button is pressed.
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