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178,441 > 184,422 = 5,981 miles in 2017
Worse than I thought it was....
Yeah, these past few years have seen a decline for me, too...but it sure is fun getting out on the road with a 14+ year old bike and adding up the miles.
 

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I am impressed with the details in this thread.

I'm 59 and feel like I'm still a beginner after riding for only about 6 years. This bike is the best money I've ever spent on one and so far... best built bike I've owned.

I was reading a motorcycle comparison and one guy said that the vtx1800F does everything well. He said that was the problem(in a way! He stated that this very well could be the reason they did not sell as expected. As if IT were boring.

Well! I take it as perf bike for guys my age. :laugh:
 

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Discussion Starter #23 (Edited)
I am impressed with the details in this thread.
I'm 59 and feel like I'm still a beginner after riding for only about 6 years. This bike is the best money I've ever spent on one and so far... best built bike I've owned.
I was reading a motorcycle comparison and one guy said that the vtx1800F does everything well. He said that was the problem(in a way! He stated that this very well could be the reason they did not sell as expected. As if IT were boring. Well! I take it as perf bike for guys my age. :laugh:
Thank You! The VTX had a great lineup; Custom: C/F, Retro: R/S and Neo
My brother in law had two 1300C previously but in 2005 at VTX homecoming he fell in love with a F.
A pic of him on a factory Demo.. And a Bruce Markey photo of many VTX.
 

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Last previous oil/filter chg was 5/16/2017 180,596
5,381 miles later another oil change.

185,977 5/13/2018 40th oil chg. 4qts- Mobil Delvac 15w-40 Diesel Engine oil; Purolator L14612.
Removed seat and found rear bolt was at a strange angle. Not bolted in.
Checked slide valve diaphragm--small splits, could be some of my backfires on hard take off.
K-72 diaphragm ordered from JBM Industries, $28 total. I applied Ultra gray RTV to the small splits for the time being.
A/F screw could not be turned, two - .22 shells made...No luck. I did the "SCAR"mod, cut the tit back a bit.
When putting slide back in it wanted to go behind the main jet--had to set it into the main jet holder orifice.
Removed carb heat hoses, manifold still has coolant hoses attached.
Getting old--forgot to connect gas hose to carb... Removed tank and airbox, Checked fuel screen in carb hose fitting-immaculate.
Fuel bowl had a slight film on it, very clean. Put tank back on, fuel hose will not reach petcock.
Removed tank again, checked hose, the ends are at the correct locations.
Sweating profusely in the afternoon, appears to be a major leak in my skull. Glasses covered with sweat.. Cannot see worth a crap..
When the X is on the sidestand I seem to have more tank issues. Installed tank again and all fit correctly. Installed new vacuum hoses.
All day rain did not happen, got to fill tank, ride to grocery store, seemed to perform very well.
 

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Discussion Starter #26 (Edited)
6/7/2018 186,138 miles
I installed the JBM Industries slide valve diaphragm.
The K-72 was to fit the slide leaving the red ring in place.
I did not like it sitting on the groove with the rolled edge/flange/rim holding it in place with glue/epoxy.
I cut the red ring, the diaphragm hole is 4mm thick and fits the 4mm groove.
I built up the groove to give it a larger OD to center the diaphragm.
It is working as expected.

In the future the K-72-S diaphragm will be ordered and no mods will be required to install the diaphragm.

I did add a 1/8" o-ring to replace the red ring in reference to the body length.
The red ring set the stop point from what I could see so the o-ring now has that job.
 

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186,490 6/16/2018 installed new DCPR6E spark plugs. Previous R/R spark plugs were 52,542 and 120,212 miles.

The nice rounded center electrode requires higher voltage to arc across the the gap than a new spark plug with sharp edges.

That is why the the fine wire iridium have a small dia electrode. The exotic metal is required for longevity.

NGK standard spark plugs seem to hold out very well. I remember in previous times where metal erosion was very
noticeable on the Ground electrode.
 

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186,755 miles 7/21/2018 Replace brake pads, pump pistons out of caliper, clean and shine.
A little blob of sludge stuck to lower piston. Fresh brake fluid, an extended brake bleed job.
I went for a ride and the rear pedal was lower and soft. front still had a little bubble.
I did a search for my vacuum bleeder, found it decided to try my old standby.
I put a knee on each caliper and pushed it in. Hit lever or pedal on each a few times and pushed piston back to disk. Repeat...Success...
Went for a 95 mile drive. All is well..

Brake pad pin Hanger and Pin Plug a slight hesitation getting them out, a bit of silicone grease put on the threads.

Heavy boots(feet?) I used to get 27k miles for rear pads and 68k miles for front set.
The ones just removed 40k miles for rear pads and 49k miles for front pads.
 

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I officially installed the Sunpie Daymaker today in the good HL rim..
I had a spare headlight rim that had some road rash on it. (Vehicular Assault in a parking lot 2011).
It was the guinea pig in the interfacing of the Daymaker into the Honda HL rim.
I found the HL connector pins to be a loose fit in the Honda connector during construction(auto disconnect when pulling bulb out).
I tinned the terminals with a bit of solder and now have a snug fit.
I added a slight shim (.022") under the overlap of the circle band by the bottom set screw.
There was an air space and everything fit well, so lets not stress anything.
I bent in the side brackets a hair where it screws into the rim(less stress on little plastic towers that the 4mm screw goes into)
I put some paint on the weld area of brackets to bulb band.
 

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Dang Hans, you just about quit riding....lol. Spoiling Grandkids I am thinking.
 

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Dang Hans, you just about quit riding....lol. Spoiling Grandkids I am thinking.
Sounds good in theory but there are many days between the four or five visits a year.
One ride to G-Burg/Foothills pkwy/US129, one ride to Helen, a M/G at Two Wheels only with you, Wayne and Matt.
Bulloch house in Feb, RTE in Macon H&H Rest and two peach runs.
I have not been to Ft Payne in awhile...
 

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179,619 189,416 -9,797 Shinko 230TM 4/27/2017 - 3/23/2019 FRT Poor mileage TM=TourMaster
189,416 Installed Michelin Comm2 3/23/2019- Commander2 FRT DIY difficult installation without all the tools...

I took a look at the rear tire, needs replacing also. Good thing I bought a set..
 

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179,619 189,416 -9,797 Shinko 230TM 4/27/2017 - 3/23/2019 FRT Poor mileage TM=TourMaster
189,416 Installed Michelin Comm2 3/23/2019- Commander2 FRT DIY difficult installation without all the tools...

I took a look at the rear tire, needs replacing also. Good thing I bought a set..
You only got 9700 miles on that front Shinko? :surprise:
 

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Discussion Starter #35 (Edited)
Start End Mileage Brand Model FRONT
0 18,830 -18,830 Dun OEM 6/8/05 - 6/2/06
18,830 36,118 -17,288 Avon am41 6/2/06 - 4/20/07weird near wobble-chgd stem bearings-left when tire repl
36,118 53,753 -17,635 Pir mt66 4/20/07-4/1/08
53,753 74,863 -21,110 Pir mt66 4/1/08-7/30-09
74,863 91,623 -16,760 Dun d404 7/30/09-7/16/10
91,623 108,104 -16,481 Pir mt66 7/16/10-6/17/11
108,104 128,140 -20,036 Metz me880 6/17/11-9/8/12 Wobble crap until it was replaced
128,140 142,539 -14,399 Pir mt66 9/8/12-9/5/13
142,539 149,335 -6,796 Kenda POS k673 9/5/13 - 4/29/14 Poor mileage
149,335 165,511 -16,176 Pirelli MT66 4/29/14 - 7/30/15
165,511 179,619 -14,108 Pirelli MT66 7/30/15 - 4/27/2017
179,619 189,416 -9,797 Shinko 230TM 4/27/2017 - 3/23/2019 Poor mileage TM=TourMaster
189,416 Michelin Comm2 3/23/2019- Commander2 13th FRT tire on this X


Start End Mileage Brand Model REAR
0 300 300 Dun Oem k555 6/8/05-6/11/05 Nail, tubed later
300 7,669 -7,369 Dun POS D404 6/11/05-10/10/05
7,669 18,830 -11,161 Dun K555 10/10/05-6/2/06
18,830 30,355 -11,525 Avon am42 6/2/06-10/27/06
30,355 39,323 -8,968 Dun Oem K555 10/27/06-5/26/07 OEM with a tube 8968 + 300=9268 miles
39,323 52,542 -13,219 Pir MT66 5/26/07-2/14/08
52,542 67,054 -14,512 PIR MT66 2/14/08-1/31/09
67,054 77,674 -10,620 Mich Comm1 1/31-09-10/27/09
77,674 93,750 -16,076 Metz me880 10/27/09-8/19/10
93,750 106,189 -12,439 Pir mt66 8/19/10-5/20/11
106,189 118,679 -12,490 Metz me880 5/20/11-1/26/12
118,679 135,898 -17,219 AVON 83H AV338 1/27/12-2/25/13 Mileage WINNER
135,898 148,814 -12,916 Pir MT66 2/25/13-4/14/14
148,814 160,117 -11,303 Kenda Kruz K673 4/16/14-1/21/15
160,117 173,059 -12,942 AVON 83H AV338 1-21-2015 - 6/14/2016 I forgot 45 PSI requirement
173,059 189,518 -16,459 Metzler ME888 6/14/16 - 3/27/2019 2nd place in mileage.. 17th rear tire on this X
189,518 Michelin Commander2 3/27/2019
 

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189,518 27mar2019 Flange bearings replaced. Only one is notchy...
They look good for the mileage.. Easy to remove from flange with electric heat gun.
Spacer came off the bearings easy. AllBallz flange bearings going in.

OEM Wheel bearings feel good..

Spacer went on very easy, bearings were a bit more difficult to get in the flange.
Flange spins like a top with the new bearings.
Moly paste brushed on...Installed wheel. Damn,- I forgot the o-ring.
Nothing was tightened, so only a few minutes lost.
Now the wheel/tire was more difficult to re-install.
Removed brake caliper from bracket, a clip had moved from an earlier attempt to remove caliper and put that off.
Bolts tightened up. Finger touch for bolts covered, oops brake caliper bracket swing arm bolt was loose. Tightened...
Cleaned off some of the pollen, cleaned the wheels.. Went for a short ride.

3/28/2019 Check torque on bolts involved yesterday and checked more today.
Inspect, Clean&lube clutch lever, and cable.
Clean&lube shifter pedal.
Remove some pollen. Shined up a few things. Checked coolant level - ok. Time to change it.
 

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190,293 miles 4/23/2019 Fork oil change after 7.5 years and 76,100 miles.
NO STINK from the Synthetic ATF I put in Sept 2011. No grease like build-up on the springs.
About 13 oz returned per fork.
I had trouble getting the fork cap on, must have lunched the first one 16 times.
The Ranger tailgate was too high, I could not push down to compress. Tried a strap worked good in 2011 with an extra pair of hands.
A piece of PVC in the spacer area pressed into the cap stopped stuff from falling off.
Basement saw horses are lower, a fork clamp then able to push cap on and twist tube to cap completely with hand power only.
137 miles test ride! Less dive since air cushion reduced.
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Yup, that's how I put my fork caps back on...fork on the ground on a towel, use my right hand/arm/body as the "holder" of the cap with my socket wrench on top as I push down, and then use my left hand to turn the tube as I get the threads lined up. Never had a problem nor stripped the threads yet. You're braver than I am for going that long between fluid changes...glad it worked for you.
 

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190,563 miles, 26apr2019 Check valves.
TWO Frt IN were .007" ; Frt EX was .013" all adjusted.
One Rear IN .007" and Rear EX .013" both were adjusted.
NOT BAD CONSIDERING 6 YEARS AND 54,665 MILES HAVE BEEN ADDED since previous check...

While the VTX was exposed, I did a coolant drain and refill.
Prestone Concentrate Yellow jug 5 years or 150,000 miles with distilled water
Vacuum pump does a good job of getting bubbles out.
 

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