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Exiting ride to work yesterday. Started the vtx with a bit of choke and it run on one cylinder so shut the choke and give it some revs. Started off for work but it was running poorly even when I switched to reserve in case that was the problem. About half a mile from home I turned back and needed to go through a shopping centre. Out front of where I buy my coffee beans it stopped and flames came up from either side of the tank. Ahhh, panic!!! I had a cold can of pepsi max in my bag so I grabbed that and shook it up and sprayed. Slowed things a bit then a bystander suggested running inside to find a fire extinguisher. A clear headed man, so one up on me, at that moment. Luckily the owner of the shop was at the front of his shop and immediately grabbed me a powder extinguisher to use. Fire out, pronto. I have had it picked up by the workshop and the airbox (and my k&n filter) are shot as is the wiring along the backbone of the bike etc is shot but I was quick enough that the paint has not bubbled on the tank. Vtx 1300 are fairly rare here but I am hoping to find some second hand parts to keep down the cost. Be warned, these suckers catch fire when you least expect it!
 

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Glad u saved the bike....Hey Lofty....prayers sent to you folks....news makes it look like “End Of Days”....:thumbup:
 

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Lofty, looks like everything is on fire and burning in Australia. Good luck finding the parts you need to get her up and running again. Stay safe and best wishes for all over there.
 

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Single cylinder running. One dead cylinder.
Was there ever a backfire??
A backfire could have ignited the fuel/air.
Carb float may have been stuck.
Should have shut it down and left it at home.
You can splice the main harness wires.
ICM wires that tend to break generally have backfires when it makes/breaks continuity.
 

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The workshop guy said hard to tell but probably flooded the carby and the wires have sparked. No backfiring. Rubber gee gaws (yes, that's the technical term, look it up in the manual lol) burnt. It was dripping coolant when I left it. The mechanic said it fired and run when they pushed it off the trailer. I have had a one year run of bad luck but hopefully this is the end of it. Like a phoenix the VTX will rise from the ashes to live again. (sounds fairly dramatic, doesn't it?)
 

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O my, I hate to hear of your bad luck. I hope it does rise and live again. I also hope the rest of your country will rise from the ashes and live again soon.
 

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I'm glad you and the bike are okay. These things can go over badly, very quickly.
 

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gee gaws ???

The workshop guy said hard to tell but probably flooded the carby and the wires have sparked. No backfiring. Rubber gee gaws (yes, that's the technical term, look it up in the manual lol) burnt. It was dripping coolant when I left it. The mechanic said it fired and run when they pushed it off the trailer. I have had a one year run of bad luck but hopefully this is the end of it. Like a phoenix the VTX will rise from the ashes to live again. (sounds fairly dramatic, doesn't it?)
Havent found any gee gaws or platypuses or Tazmanian devils on my bike or in the manual!!
 

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It never rains but it pours. Picked up the bike from the workshop with 2nd hand parts fitted and it is running well but backfiring when I throttle off too quickly. Get the bike home and take the fuel cap off and it has frozen up (little lugs that lock it on) and cant even get the bloody ignition key out. This after parting with $1840 (au) I have sprayed some dry glide on it and left it in the garage for know. If it was raining wild sex at the moment, I would get washed down the drain with a gay bloke with my luck.
 

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I removed the gas cap, squeezed the rubber seal to the cap to release the tabs(latches)..
I put some moly paste on the key and on the key hole.
Still some pull needed to release key.

About 30 minutes later I decided to use some oil.
Gear oil was the nearest so I poured in a little into the key hole and on the latches.
The key release became much easier.
I guess the pins on the tumbler were dry.
 
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