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So, I got the bike out the other day after a couple of weeks off. It was running great, but then it started losing power all of a sudden. It even killed on me once or twice. Then I started hearing some loud clattering, but could not figure out where it was coming from. Then it finally just smoothed out and ran fine the rest of the way to the office, and for the 21 mile ride home. I parked it, then started thinking about what the problems could be. I spoke to a mechanic at a local shop, and he thought the clattering might be the acct's not holding good tension, but it was only a guess.

Then, I got to thinking about how much oil I put into the thing, and determined I was putting too much in. I was told by a shop there was supposed to be 5 liters of oil in the engine. I finally noticed the "4l" stamped on the side of the engine, and figured that might be part of my problem as well. So, I drained down the oil until I could see the level at the top of the sight glass.

Well, to make a long story longer, I got the thing out yesterday to go make sales calls. I had to drive 20 miles or so. It started out running great, then all of a sudden a total loss of power. It finally dawned on me that the new key I had the locksmith make was very long, and had a wide black plastic top on it. I noticed that the tach was vibrating and bouncing against the key to the point where it shut the thing off.

So, I ground off the edges of the key, and the bike has been running flawlessly since. I don't know what the clattering was, but it could have been somehow related to the key being turned off or partially off or something. All I can say is that it has not been an issue since.

Ya live and learn I guess.:doh:
 

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Daily rider
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Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.
 

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if you are going to rub the pegs you need better tires , if you hit a rock or crack with ****ty tires you will hurt your bike , oh you may get hurt too . :beerchug: get better tires :beerchug:

Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.
 

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Old Twistie Sticks Rider
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Yep, good catch...
I usually scraped the right side more than the left, I guess it is because on a right hand turn you are on the inside and it is sharper...
Anyway be cautious especially with a worn tire...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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Thanks. Going on a 200 mi ride tomorrow, and it's been running great. Getting close to needing to replace the rear tire, though. Not sure what I'm going to go with, though. I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well. I like to take them fast, when I can tell there's not gravel all over the place. I scraped and pushed up the left footpeg the other day. Wasn't expecting that. I thought the kickstand or side stand would hit before the footpeg. Having loads of fun, though.
I have a friend who rides a Shadow 1100. He says he makes sparks on almost every corner. It works well at night for getting tailgaters to drop back. I guess they think he is going down, when they see sparks.
 

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CWO3 Navy (Retired)
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Sounds like you need one of the VN750 grills to make you feel better about this.

I keep hitting the kill switch for some reason and wonder why it dies....
 

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I like the stock Bridgestone. It hugs the corners well.
Get Metzeler ME 880's if you want to see a tire that hugs the corners well. They are so far beyond the Bridgestones it isn't even funny.
 

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