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SPUTTERING WHEN HOLDING 50-60 MPH

2004 SHADOW SPIRIT VT1100C2 18,OOO MILES RUNS GOOD AT 70/75 AND 40/45 BUT WHEN HOLDING SPEED AT 50/60 IT STARTS TO SPUTTER AND HESITATE LIKE IT IS RUNNUNG OUT OF GAS, IT WILL QUIT WHILE ACCELERATING THEN START AGAIN WHEN HOLDING SPEED STEADY. IT WONT DO IT BELOW 45 MPH. OR OVER 65 MPH WHEN HOLDING SPEED STEADY - IT WONT DO IT WHILE GIVING IT THROTTLE GOING UP HILL ONLY WHEN HOLDING SPEED STEADY ON A FLAT RUN BETWEEN 50 AND 65. jUST PUT IN NEW PLUGS .036 GAP/NEW AIR FILTER/OIL.FINAL DRIVE OIL. IT RAN FINE BEFORE TUNE UP.

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  • ezlvn Jul 01, 2009

    NO SPARKS ANYWHERE LOOKED WITH GARAGE LIGHTS OFF AND BIKE LIGHT COVERED. cOULD IT BE A VACUME PROBLEM? THERE IS NO VAC DIAGRAM ON MY INSIDE COVER AND i CANT FIND A GOOD MANUAL WITH ONE. THERE IS ONE VACK LINE WITH A TEE AND NOTHING ON THE TEE UNDER THE SIDE COVER UNDER THE BATTERY AND ANOTHER LINE NEXT TO IT NOT CONNECTED TO ANYTHING THAT LEADS UP TO THE CARBS, IT WAS THIS WAY BEFORE i DID TUNE UP.

  • ezlvn Jul 06, 2009

    it was the wrong spark plug gap - or a bad set - put in another new set and it runs fine.

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Check the gap on your spark plugs

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Since it ran fine before you "fixed" it, go back over the things you changed. Put the old spark plugs back in it. Double check all spark plug wires and ignition connections. Put the bike in a dark area and run it at night, can you see any arcing anywhere?

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    Dick Jul 01, 2009

    Yes, vacuum could cause that. But unless you changed some vacuum hose I would concentrate on the things you changed. Something you did during the tune up caused the problem.

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