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My Honda Shadow VT500C starts up easy when it's cold or sits for a while, and it runs great and has plenty of power. But when I ride it for a couple of miles and cut it off it is hard to start. It

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You need to disassemble your carbs completely.Anything that can be removed of them, remove it and check/clean it.Give extra attention to part number 5 herehttp://www.babbittsonline.com/honda-motorcycle-parts#/Honda/VT500FT_A_(84)_MOTORCYCLE%2c_JPN%2c_VIN%23_JH2PC100-EM100006_TO_JH2PC100-EM105150/CARBURETOR_COMPONENT/VT500FT-84-JPN-A/2Y14MF5DE14MF5D2001A
That is the pilot screw and is responsible for proper idling. Take it out, remove spring,washer and o-ring and use carburetor cleaner aerosol in it's passage and compressed air. That passage leads to the slow jet so remove so that any dirt can come out.Check the holes on the slow jet's stem to be open and look into each slow jet against a light source to verify that it is clean inside.Take out the diaphragms off the top of each carburetor and check that they move freely and the diaphragms are not torn or cracked anywhere on their surface.Clean your fuel tank and remove the fuel **** to check the plastic filter element it has inside the tank.Also check the rubber insulators the carbs plugs on to if they are cracked or damaged. Use some vaseline on their outside surface to keep them soft.If all the above checks out Ok my next thought is the pulse generator (part #9)http://www.babbittsonline.com/honda-motorcycle-parts#/Honda/VT500FT_A_(84)_MOTORCYCLE%2c_JPN%2c_VIN%23_JH2PC100-EM100006_TO_JH2PC100-EM105150/PULSE_GENERATOR/VT500FT-84-JPN-A/2Y14MF5DE14MF5D08A
but I am not that sure about it because if it had gone bad, you shouldn't be able to have a proper idle speed even when cold.

Posted on Feb 07, 2012

  • Laura R Aug 08, 2013

    Try giving it 3 pumps of the throttle after you turn on you key and before you hit the start. Works for mine! Tried a bunch of other stuff but so far this works! Happy starting!

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SOURCE: 1985 honda shadow vt500c pulse generator

hi,

locate the crankase cover to the left of the engine towards the lower end of the motor. if the bike has a center stand place it upon it t\and undo the crank cover once removed you will visually see the pulse generator it is like a large type style magnet. good luck

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Hello jd...the flasher will be on the left hand side of the bike behind the side cover.... part # 38301-mf5-771. It should be mounted inside a rubber boot. Shop around, most Honda dealers will sell this for about 65 buxs...but you can find it cheaper.
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SOURCE: I have 1983 Honda Shadow VT500c . It seems to be

hondas of that vintage DO like their choke on until warm,check condition of air filter,check for air leak at carb intake connections.

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Testimonial: "Hi Thanks, You were exactly right, filter replaced and very small leak, on carb. Thanks Again Bruce"

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