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Ive got my bike back. Ive officially rode it 51 miles now, and its pretty fun to ride...not a whole lot of power up top, though, it seems, but in the lower gears I can keep up with my step dads harley. Thats probably just because of the age, and miles, and the way it was treated by whoever owned it before..which wasnt very good. It still has a few bugs to work out, and the carbs need to be cleaned again, but other than that it runs pretty good...I think it can run better though, but whatever. Im just happy that it works. Basically...Im satisfied with this bike.
 

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keep adding sea foam to the gas, and ride it... ride ride ride.. and most of the problems will go away, and the power will come back as well
 

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it should smoke most bigger bike in the lower end but you should still have a good bit of get up and go at 60 plus. x2 on the seafoam, you should be able to go 120 miles on a tank of gas, ride every day and toss a 1/4 can of seafoam in it and see if you see a difference after a week or two.
have the plugs been changed? ngk iridiums if not.
what all did they do to it?
 

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it should smoke most bigger bike in the lower end but you should still have a good bit of get up and go at 60 plus. x2 on the seafoam, you should be able to go 120 miles on a tank of gas, ride every day and toss a 1/4 can of seafoam in it and see if you see a difference after a week or two.
have the plugs been changed? ngk iridiums if not.
what all did they do to it?
Well...they cleaned out the gas tank and put a clean coat in it, and supposedly cleaned the carbs, but they did a **** job...didnt even get the carbs on all the way. I guess they're only good at working on harleys, and cant handle the jap bikes. But luckily I work with a guy who is a great all around mechanic, and has plenty of experience with the vulcan, as he owns a vulcan classic. He actually messed around with it today and accomplished more in 2 hours than the other guys did in 2 months. Im going to have him mess with it again tomorrow, though, because I just went outside and noticed that its leaking a little gas. Not enough to drain my tank, though, so hopefully Ill have enough gas to get around tomorrow. On my way home from work it rode pretty good, but we stopped and it had a little moment where it just wouldnt go and would die when I released the clutch, but after a few minutes or so it started working right again.
 

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Put in the SeaFoam to clean the system and definitely get iridium plugs. I have a 2003 and at 60-65 I'm showing 4000 - 4200 on the tach and there's plenty of power to crank up much higher. If you want extra pep downshift to 4th and you should take off. The bike has plenty of balls.
 

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Well...they cleaned out the gas tank and put a clean coat in it, and supposedly cleaned the carbs, but they did a **** job...didnt even get the carbs on all the way. I guess they're only good at working on harleys, and cant handle the jap bikes. But luckily I work with a guy who is a great all around mechanic, and has plenty of experience with the vulcan, as he owns a vulcan classic. He actually messed around with it today and accomplished more in 2 hours than the other guys did in 2 months. Im going to have him mess with it again tomorrow, though, because I just went outside and noticed that its leaking a little gas. Not enough to drain my tank, though, so hopefully Ill have enough gas to get around tomorrow. On my way home from work it rode pretty good, but we stopped and it had a little moment where it just wouldnt go and would die when I released the clutch, but after a few minutes or so it started working right again.
That was your first mistake, taking it to a shop. all the info you need is right here and if your buddy can give you a few pointers you'll have her running good in no time.
releasing the clutch and dying sounds like your kickstand safety switch maybe, do a search on it in the forums here and clean up the contacts on it.
good luck!
 

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That was your first mistake, taking it to a shop. all the info you need is right here and if your buddy can give you a few pointers you'll have her running good in no time.
releasing the clutch and dying sounds like your kickstand safety switch maybe, do a search on it in the forums here and clean up the contacts on it.
good luck!
Hm. Ill check that out. Thanks.
 
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