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Hey Riders,

A little advice would be welcome.

I love the VTX1800 ride,, except when tooling along at very slow speeds (< 15 MPH).

Slightest touch of the throttle gives a sudden jump. It's no big deal if you work the clutch but I was hoping that some one would know if this is typical or an adjustment can help.

Take off from a stop is no problem. Cruising slow and wanting to pick up a little speed without being thrown back or needing to ride the clutch would be a plus.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
 

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Welcome to fuel injection and torque. It will take a bit to get used to the throttle response, it is just a very torquey/responsive engine. 8)
 

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I could be that they push, pull cables are adjusted too tight.... :shock:
 

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It helps to keep her in the highest gear possible. But she's still a beast, enjoy the ride.
 

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Do you have the stock exhaust or a modified stocker/aftermarket? I performed the Riley mod on my stocker before going with the HardKromes. With the modified stocker, it greatly increased the "jerkiness" at very slow speeds. Must be a back pressure thing. It's much better now with the HK 3"'s.
 

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Gas, clutch, balance, ride & confidence. Love the beast and she'll love you back.
 

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rbarranco said:
Hey Riders,

A little advice would be welcome.

I love the VTX1800 ride,, except when tooling along at very slow speeds (< 15 MPH).

Slightest touch of the throttle gives a sudden jump. It's no big deal if you work the clutch but I was hoping that some one would know if this is typical or an adjustment can help.

Take off from a stop is no problem. Cruising slow and wanting to pick up a little speed without being thrown back or needing to ride the clutch would be a plus.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
If you are putting around between 10 and 15 mph, try shifting into 2nd.

Another thing you might try is adjusting your idle up a little bit. That's a little trick I learned from a motor cop. He rode in a lot of parades.

You are definitely going to have to get accustomed to the low end torque of this very large engined motorcycle. This is not a scooter for cruising around the campgrounds. It is at home on the freeway at maximum legal speeds.

8)
 

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rbarranco said:
Hey Riders,

A little advice would be welcome.

I love the VTX1800 ride,, except when tooling along at very slow speeds (< 15 MPH).

Slightest touch of the throttle gives a sudden jump. It's no big deal if you work the clutch but I was hoping that some one would know if this is typical or an adjustment can help.

Take off from a stop is no problem. Cruising slow and wanting to pick up a little speed without being thrown back or needing to ride the clutch would be a plus.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
you might want to check and see if there is any slack in the throttle cables. Try removing it if there is.

Hope this helps,

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mxzxrider said:
Do you have the stock exhaust or a modified stocker/aftermarket? I performed the Riley mod on my stocker before going with the HardKromes. With the modified stocker, it greatly increased the "jerkiness" at very slow speeds. Must be a back pressure thing. It's much better now with the HK 3"'s.
RB> All stock (2005). I've heard about people adding an after market electronic fuel injection upgrade to smooth out the "putting along" ride which is a rarity except when heading home through the neighborhood or stuck in crawling traffic.

Thanks for the replies everyone.
 
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I had the same problem. It was much improved when I bought a new PC3 and downloaded a map from Bare's website.
 

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I second RdRider's comment about the PC3, even with a stock map. I've lowered the idle, adjusted the slack in the throttle cable, installed Progressive fork springs. Nothing made as much difference as the PC3 for me -- but even that is subtle. Don't expect dramatic dramatic improvement.

A lot of things have been tried to tame the beast, even swapping the front tire for the narrower 1300 wheel. Some performance pipes increase top-end hp at the expense of a little less low-end torque. But, hey, torque is what the 1800 is all about. :D
 

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throttle response

The abrupt throttle response is just part of the honda fuel injection. Almost every magazine article written on the 1800 model talks about the lack of smoothness at low speed. This is really the only complaint I have with my vtx, hard to believe that honda with all its engineers cannot devise a smoother injection system. I know after test riding that victory has-but im still not giving up my honda any time soon.
 

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Re: throttle response

rsamuels1 said:
The abrupt throttle response is just part of the honda fuel injection. Almost every magazine article written on the 1800 model talks about the lack of smoothness at low speed. This is really the only complaint I have with my vtx, hard to believe that honda with all its engineers cannot devise a smoother injection system. I know after test riding that victory has-but im still not giving up my honda any time soon.
It's not that it isn't a smooth injection system, the motor just responds instantaneously to any throttle input. Then with all that torque right there at the bottom end, ya break ya neck!
 
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