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05 honda vtx 1800 runs rough

Bike runs almost ok on kickstand but as soon as i stand it up level it starts running rough with gray smoke and lots of gas fumes then baugs out untill i put it back on kickstand than it starts running almost ok. a frend said he had same problem with his kawaski and it was the coil pack. does this sound right?

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  • johnrobin63 Jan 14, 2009

    this bike is a 05 model and is fuel injected / no carb


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Your carb idle pins/needle valves are either fouled or worn/damaged. Or floats that control your equilibrium for gas distribution throughout the carb array are not working together with valves/pins. Has this bike set a spell, at least once for too long of an interval? I'd pull the whole darn carb setup and inspect/clean, then reinstall exactly to specs. Ask for the very best teardown/rebuild cleaner for carbs at the parts store! Betcha a little elbow grease and a perfect dismantle and clean, then rebuild is all you need! Been there----Did dat!

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What would cause my bike to run rough

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(remove any power-commander type units for trouble shooting)
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It also has a side stand switch.

The problem could be this, also.

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How do I check the fuel filter on a 2006 honda vtx 1800

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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.
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    • 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.

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I recently bought a 2003 Honda Vtx 1800s. when I go in to a left turn the bike does not fill like it wants to take the turn. I do not have this problem turning right. no matter how hard I lean into the...

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