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Re: My MT-03 is vibrating an making a bit of a rattling...
Best approach to working out these sorts of problems is to pull the tank off again,and carefully check all your work. Particularly any new wiring, or wiring that you may have disturbed whilst installing the grips. Check also that all of the rubber mounts for the tank are correctly in place. Cabling has a tendency to rattle quite loudly against any and everything on your bike. Vinyl insulation tape lagging new cables to existing looms is an effective way to stop them rattling, and strategically placed cable ties, particularly about the front end and headlamp fitting. Good luck with the de-rattle. Let me know how you got on. Cheers
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The Honda VTX 1800 cruiser boasts a monstrous 1,795cc
liquid-cooled V-twin engine, with three valves per cylinder and a
nine-to-one compression ratio. It has a bore and stroke of 101 by 112
mm, making it an undersquare, or long-stroke motor, meaning it's tuned
for low-end torque. With a curb weight of 800 pounds, you'll need all
that low-RPM power to get off the line. The bike does not have a
tachometer, so you'll have to shift the five-speed transmission by feel.
The bike is fuel injected, with an automatic choke. Fuel
injection helps the VTX 1800 ride more smoothly than carbureted V-twins.
The tank carries 5.3 gallons of fuel. In reviews, the bike had an
average range of 194 miles on a tank of gas.
Performance and Handling
This is a massive and massively powerful motorcycle. It
corners wide, and is really meant for highway cruises rather than city
riding. The bike gets a remarkable 100 foot-pounds of torque at 3,000
RPM. The suspension is rough, and you will certainly feel bumps in the
road. Honda, however, has put a lot of effort into minimizing engine
vibration, so the gigantic V-twin won't rattle your bones the way you
expect it to. The engine makes a solid, satisfying thump without
chattering your teeth.
If you remove the pass switch on the left hand switch housing you have room to fit the round rocker switch in the his housing. This makes for a very clean installation. Since in the day time I ride with high beams on the pass switch was of know use to me plus flashing your high beams at a car you intend to over take seems to produce a rather random out come. I traced out the diameter of hole I would need with a scribe and then trimmed it out with a Dremel, test fitting the switch as I went. Much safer then trying to drill a hole that large in a piece of plastic.
The empty three wire plug under the nose fairing is intended for the factory heated grips. I cut of the plug and wired into the power here. There are three wires, 12v hot, 12v signal, & Ground. The 12v hot use the fuse in the fuse box marked for the heated grips but remains hot even when the bike is off. So I wired in a 12v relay using the signal wire to switch the 12v hot with the ignition. This will prevent dead batteries if I leave the heated grips on or if a passer by feels the need to flip switches on my bike; it's happed before! You will be able to tell which is the 12v hot and 12v signal by pulling the heated grip fuse and seeing which wire remains hot.
Check the owners manual you should have got with the bike, if not check ebay there are loads available.
You will need to remove the two electrical connectors as well as the two pipes, one the overflow, the other the breather. Best to remove these first.
There is a safety cover that needs to be removed before you can release the main fuel plug. Once the cover clip is removed, the main clip needs to be squeezed at the release point (you should see the depress points), and pulled gently to remove. Best you have a friend hold the tank while you do this.
I found this to be a problem when I first removed the tank off my mt-03.
You will find using a premium fuel or an additive will rectify this is over time. If using standard Unleaded fuel will dry out the valves making this noise. Noise is more noticable after using Ethanol / Blended fuels.
It turned out that the ignition key was faulty and it cut out my fuel pump and power to my spark plug but all other electrics worked. Tried my spare key and could hear fuel pump working pressed starter and it fired up how bizarre is that. so problem sorted.
Checking the colour of the plug may tell you what the general state of tune if like for the bike, but the sudden stops sure sounds like ignition system failing. Fuel delivery still there, although it may well be flooding/overfueling for some reason when the problem occurs.
I suppose you have checked the VIN (RM021000000000301 to RM021000000008715) just to be sure that your bike if not one of those affected by the recall. I would be asking the Yamagents to check for the mods/recall to be sure that whatever the solution is has actually been done to yours. The reference to wet weather would be inclining me to follow that up to the max. Sounds too close to the problem to not be it.
I have replied already to your other post... didn't see this one... not sure what the vibration through the peg could be caused by as they mount directly to the frame. The frame being a substantial structure to the bike means that the vibration is being created anywhere on the frame,and you are feeling it in your foot peg. The only thing that comes to mind is that perhaps one of the tank mounting rubbers is not seated properly, or inadvertently rolled away on the garage floor. This is what I would be checking for.