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10-17-2019 07:56 AM
rwantin I was getting more coughs and sputters than anything else. To give myself a good baseline, I swapped everything back to stock last weekend, so at least I'll know it's not the jetting/needles. The only unfortunate thing is on the test ride after it seemed to pull slightly, and I do mean slightly, less hard from low and mid-range. Upside? Getting really good at pulling and installing the carb. I'll reconsider next spring, or may just leave the damn thing alone.

Again, thanks for all the insights.
10-16-2019 07:33 AM
NC1300C try using the idle speed adjustment screw at the bottom of the airbox instead of the choke. turn it up as needed to keep the bike from stalling out when cold. Once it's warmed up, dial it back down. Being doing it for years and have had no issues once I figured it out
10-15-2019 07:49 PM
VTX SAM Selling my 1300 R, I just let it warm up a bit longer .....works great! It does get cold in Las Vegas too.
10-12-2019 07:40 AM
rwantin Thanks so much for all the feedback. Helps to learn a bit about the bike to make some informed decisions.
10-11-2019 05:03 PM
leroys73 When my X was new out the door of the local dealer on a cool to cold day (17 degrees) I pulled the fuel enrichment (choke) knob, hit the starter, and let run long enough to get my helmet on then pushed the "choke" in just a little, then put on my gloves. I pushed in the "choke" all the way and then off I would go.

Well now 11 years later and almost 140,000 miles I do the same procedure but I twist the throttle a couple of times before starting. After I have my helmet and push the "choke" in a little, then on with the gloves but I let it run for a short time then push the "choke" in all the way before taking off. Usually at most only one sputter after this ritual. Engine is all stock except a K and N air filter.

Both of us are 11 years older and need just a little more warm up time before performing like we did in our youth.
10-10-2019 06:56 PM
smurfy71 My 1300 is temperamental in the morning when itís cold out. I often ride below freezing in the morning. For the first 1/2 mile she will chatter her teeth, but then warms up and runs like normal.

When I first got her last Aug she did this when it was warm out as well. Cleaned the air filter and the carb and that took care of that.

Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

10-10-2019 06:40 PM
Big Al rwantan,
I put a "Dyno-Jet", stage 1 kit on my 1300 about 3 years ago. I have stock air box and stock pipes. I live in N.E. Ohio and have the similar weather related stuff to deal with as you. Becaues it has a carb it will take a few minutes to heat up but after that it runs just fine.

The Dyno-Jet package clames 5% boost in HP, and better gas milage... My bike runs great but as for the 5%...? I did this just before a long trip I had taken (just over 800 miles), mostly all highway and got slightly (and I mean slightly) better gas milage. I still have the stage 1 kit in the bike because it did help - slightly. The stock air box and pipes do allow it to breath normally as designed, thats important.

Keep your carb fuel filter clean and keep your spark plugs cleaned & gapped often, even if they look like they don't need and attention.

The only other thing you could do is every so often, use a little Sta-Bil or some other fuel additive - I forgot which one Honda recommends. Help keep fuel moving smoothly throughout the system even during the lousy weather.
10-09-2019 12:41 PM
Donnie Downer
Originally Posted by rwantin View Post

Do you think the jetting is helping or hurting in this situation?
Depends entirely on if it was done right.
Personally, I would put an open breather in it if you’re going through the trouble.


(Ignore the float height instruction)
10-09-2019 11:49 AM
skeeter69392 a stock bike is a happy bike!!
Honda is one of the top of the line engineering for power sports
no need for home made molestation or modifications.if you want a long lasting trouble free bike.
10-09-2019 11:20 AM
Originally Posted by rwantin View Post
Thanks guys, this helps.

I'm leaning towards putting her back to stock for now. In the end, just want her running well, especially in the cold.
No shame in stock...all thats lost is maybe some bragging rights....
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