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2000 sabre 1100--backfires from idle to 60% throttle on rear cylinder-runs strong from there to full throttle. tried seafoam, spark blue and strong at all wires.9k miles on bike, drained bowl no sediment. whats next????

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2001 Honda VT 1100 C2 Shadow Sabre Running Lean


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Hi, Dbesle and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery should have 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a cursory reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage the battery is faulty and must be replaced, AGM batteries fail in this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries.
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My 1100 shadow has a pop like a backfire at idle or decelerating , the exhaust has been replaced with longshot pipes and the carbs have been rejeted.


I would check spark plugs first then if that does not solve the problem. ( GAP AND SPARK) Then lean the carb out. If you recently moved from a lower or higher altitude place then you will need to have the carbs set right for the place that you are going to be riding. The backfiring is an ignition that happens after the combustion in the motor. The gap in the spark plug could be too small or not existent causing this or its the mixture of fuel/air. This would be my first step for solving this problem. After you try this let me know how it runs...

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It sounds to me that your carbs might be a little gunked up - you mentioned the gas may have been old, so it's possible that the smaller (idle) jets are slightly plugged up. Fresh fuel might do the trick and/or you could try using a fuel system cleaner and water remover. This problem might 'solve itself' with a little time.

As far as the backfire - this might be either from the carb issue or it could be related to that rattle you mentioned - you could have a loose connection at or near the head - this can **** air and cause a backfire.

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My 05 shadow sabre starts, runs & idles fine except at high rpm (half to full throttle) air filter & plugs look ok. Has dg pipes and supposedly was rejetted. Just bought the bike & do not know...


i think you are on the right track, i would try draining and refilling tank with fresh gas,if it doesn't help, then likely the main jet has become partially clogged from improper storage or may just be, have you tried running on partial choke to see if it helps, this will comfirm a high speed lean mixture, you could try running a good fuel system cleaner b4 tearing carb apart, i like using a product called seafoam, cleans carb and carbon from engines. 1oz. pergallon. just be happy you only have one carb to mess with my vmax has four, yikes!!!!!!!!!good luc, feel free to e-mail me
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Try cleaning the carbs ,could be bad air supply or blocked idle jets .These jets have very small holes and you will need very fine cleaning wires .Nozzel cleaners the type used to clean out oxy / acetylene nozzels are great for this job.

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