I didn't know where to put this, but im gonna try here....
Well yesterday I experienced my first small but real problem on my Vulcan...
First off I will start with, Sunday I broke off the door cover to my bike and until then had never read the little sticker inside stating I should be running 91 or higher octane in my bike. Prior to this instance I had noticed a slight stalling problem on starting from a stop at a light or something when running on 93. So I switched back to 87 as the 93 was from a crappy gas station.
But i figured I would again fill from a better place with 93 that morning due to what I read on my now broken door cover
Everything seemed fine, no issues, bike ran great, was a short ride with a decent breakfast in between. Haha!
Then rode to work Monday and back no issues as well as yesterday (Tuesday) all about 35-50 minute rides depending on traffic and which route I took. I decided after I would swing by my place, grab a glass of water then head to my folks place another 45-50 minutes away.
Now at this point, I was at about 80 miles into my tank of 93, figuring i had plenty of gas... So I'm cruising, knowing full well i have plenty of gas until i get to my hometown and id fill up when i was leaving... well my gas consumption went way down, I mean I think i get around 130 miles on a tank with a 2.4-2.5 gallon fill each time, this fill it was more like 95-100 miles if I was lucky (not sure as I didn't reset the trip counter).
So anyways, about 3/4s the way there, the bike starts bucking like its running low on gas or being starved, so I pull over immediately and the bike cuts out. try starting with bike in 1st... nothing, try in neutral... nothing. Put the fuel switch to reserve, again, nothing. Put fuel switch back to out. I then pull the key out, open and close tank cover, and slosh the bike side to side to make sure i'm not out of gas completely and there was still a decent amount in there.
Let her sit another second and bam she fired right up, and off I was with no issue. Filled her up (with 87) when I got into my town, let her sit about 40 minutes while i visited the folks and then headed home again, with no issue at all.
Now I cruise at around 3500-4500 rpm based on gear and speed I'm traveling. and generally am in 2nd, or 3rd gear while doing so. and I had been riding about an hour and 45 minutes which is probably not my longest stint on the bike at once yet....
My bike wasn't overheating, no out of the ordinary lights on, everything seemed fine, just this random bucking...
What the hell happened?!?!? is this the phantom out of gas thing i've seen mentioned here?
Is there something I should check/replace?
P.S. by the end of the ride home, I thought my keister had fallen right off of me... man I wish that meanstreak seat didn't push me forward so far...
would one of those AGM batteries or new spark plugs prevent this from occuring again?
Thanks, and sorry for the long winded post.
P.S.S. I would also like to add that I was at 6668.5 miles when this happened... LOL