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1985 shadow 500 won't accelerate in 6th gear - 1985 Honda VT 500 C Shadow

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    My name is Mike. I have a 85 VT500 Shadow. The bike runs good idle and top end but surges when running at 55mph. It acts like its starving for gas. I have cleaned the carbs and gas tank. I have replaced the jets with new ones and checked the vent hose. I have gone through the carbs but still have this problem.Maybe you can help.

  • Van_Kerr May 11, 2010

    Are you 'working' through the gears when this happens ? I think you'll find on this bike 6th is an overdrive gear, cruising, not for getting any faster ...............

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Okay, I'll bite. Check the following - fuel, spark, transmission, throttle cable.

    Come on friend, you have to give a little information. When did it start, how many miles on the bike, any symptoms at all of anything wrong, rough running, high rpm for no reason, clutch recently replaced? How experienced are you at working on the bike?


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The bike only has 47 hp and weighs around 400 lbs without rider
I wouldn't expect much acceleration in top gear
Get a tune up I can't remember if it's a single or dual carb but if it's a dual make sure they balance the carbs

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