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Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Just because they have been rebuilt doesn't mean there can't still be a problem. You should smoke the 883 without even breathing hard. The reason I feel that you are only running on one cylinder is your comment about no change in acceleration after half throttle and the bike taking forever to warm up. The bike will sound smooth with only one jug firing but will be very sluggish on acceleration and won't go much above 60 mph without going downhill or in a stiff tail wind. I know whereof I speak because I had the high speed jet fall out of its mount in the carb causing the rear cylinder to cut out at anything over 3k RPM. The engine idled smoothly and accelerated nicely until that 3K limit and then would be very sluggish and not accelerate after half throttle. There was no backfiring or even the sound of a misfire, it just got sluggish. I knew something was wrong because this isn't normal. This happened about 2 months AFTER a carb cleaning and rebuild. Also, if the jet was clogged in the first place and was never unclogged, if you haven't felt the way the bike's supposed to run, you wouldn't know the difference. These bikes are really quite fast for a cruiser and can blow the doors off most other cruisers out there. If yours is not doing this, I suspect you are only running on one cylinder.
93 VN 750 "Ursula"
Moved R/R 08Sep06
R/R rewire 17Feb07
New R/R, Installed 14Jun08
New Stator installed 10 Jun08
Maintenance Free Battery 12Jan08