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I believe the idle on my 2004 is lower than any bike I've owned. I looked for a way to dial it in and then read somewhere that you have to adjust it at the throttle cables. Also, good idea to clean throttle body.

It has 11,000 + on the clock and I'm not ready to tear into it just yet.

Don't have a tach but guess idle is around 700 rpm. This causes some choking at some of the stops. Once it has warmed up some, not really a problem but it definitely needs adjusting.

So are throttle cables the only way to bring up idle?

List of things to do:
1)change oil
2)change plugs
3)lube clutch
4)clean throttle body... change out fuel filter while in there
5)check air filter
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Low idle is the first sign of dirty throttle bodies ... You really should start there first .

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Also , make sure your battery terminals are clean and tight !

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when you bought the bike did you get the owners book. If not at the bottom of Victory home page its there and it would be a good read for you. Like you have to put bike straight up and down to check oil screwing dip stick all the way in to get true reading.
Yes you can adjust idle with throttle cable. If you go to the for sale forum here you might find a tack for your bike
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You may want to check the throttle bodies. When the get dirty, the bike will idle lower and start to run rich.
I had to do it about every 7-8000 miles on my 05.

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I know about the throttle bodies now. I'm surprised that this is a recurring maintenance issue. I'm a generalist when it comes to taking care of a bike. I don't mind the normal upkeep but removing the tank to get at them is not my idea of a normal routine. It does look simple to do various wrenching tasks, i.e., oil/filter, spark plugs.

Is that the main air filter under the tank? Is the fuel filter there too!?

Dang! I've got to get the bike books on my phone and start studying.

I guess I'll have get my mechanic to help out... he won't be happy!

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Once you take the tank off once or twice , it will be like changing your under trousers , I can have mine off in 5 minutes .....

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Once you take the tank off once or twice , it will be like changing your under trousers , I can have mine off in 5 minutes .....
If I got good enough reason, mine come off much faster. Lol!



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If I got good enough reason, mine come off much faster. Lol!
Ain't that the truth!!

Yeah, like everyone said, it's not a big deal to remove the tank. A couple of things to know will help though. Run the tank down to at least 1/4 tank so it's not so heavy with gas and be careful when removing the fuel line from the tank or where it plugs into at the other end. Different folks prefer one or the other.

What a lot of people do to put off cleaning the TB's until they have the time and inclination is to simply raise the idle. You will need to lower it when you do clean the TB's. To do this look under the tank on the left side towards the back for a Philips head screw. Mine is kind of a brass color if I remember right. A long skinny Phillips screw driver will reach it. Turn it right to raise the idle speed. You want the idle to be at 1000 when warm. You have the idle lever on the left grip housing for when it's cold. This is not a choke. It simply raises the idle speed. You can also use this to keep the idle up but I find it to be a pain. I'd rather just have it on when cold then kick it completely off when warm and let the idle adjustment under the tank take it from there. Your choice.
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I can stand outside for 5 minutes and I'm drenching wet... even without shirt or pants. The tank will wait! In the meantime, I'll twist the little screw, add sea foam, fill er up and ride. I'll brave the heat/humidity this weekend to change oil at least... maybe plugs too!

I appreciate you guys chiming in. It's a fun little bike and needs some tlc. I enjoy riding much more knowing that everything is in good shape except the nut riding it.
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