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I've got a 2003 Vegas with about 17k miles on it. The idle seems to be pretty low. Sometimes the bike will die at stoplights, or even when slowing down to turn.

Don't know if it's connected, but there's been another problem building up along with it. A while back it started sputtering and backfiring if it wasn't warmed up enough. Wasn't a problem at first, but now it's gotten so it takes a long time to warm up, and sometimes even then there's still a backfire.

Anyone have any ideas? How hard it is to adjust the idle? Or is this something I'd better have done in the shop?

Thanks for any suggestions!
 

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Spotox,
My dad had a similar problem with his bike, he owns a 2005 Kinpin. It started out with a rough idle and turned into loud backfire. It would take an extremely long time to warm up but once it did it would snap out of it. Before he got it fixed he was having a hard time starting it. We initially thought that maybe the air filter was clogged. We discovered it wasn't that bad but cleaned it anyway. He ended up bringing it into the local shop to have the throttle body cleaned and changed the plugs. It took about an hour +/- of shop time to have it cleaned just as an FYI. He got it back and it runs like new. Hope you find some useful info. in there.
 

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Sounds like the same problem

Hello Gashouse Gorilla,

Sounds like my bike has the same story as yours, right down to checking the filter. Thanks for the info. At least I can know a little better what to ask the mechanic when I go in.
 

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...How hard it is to adjust the idle?...
Haven't had to do it for some time now on my Victory, so my info might be a little off, but it's very easy to do. First, roll back the black rubber covers on both throttle cables. One of them is the idle (I think bottom, but not sure). Loosen the jam nut so you can adjust the tension - do not use pliers for this, at the least you should use crescent wrenchs, and the best thing would be to have the correct size wrench. The easiest way to know if you're doing it correctly is to have the bike running while you do this. Turning it one way will cause the idle speed to slow down, turning it the other will speed it up. I think you want to shoot for the 1000 RPM mark. Once you have it idling where you want it, tighten the jam nut back up. Doesn't need to be locked down with superman force, just nice and snug. Roll the rubber boots back up and take her for a spin. Let me know if you have any questions.
 

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I took a look at the cables to see if I could adjust the idle the way you suggested. They're side-by-side, with neither being lower than the other, so I can't tell which goes to the throttle. With both cables the nut seems pretty tight and I'm afraid of snapping something. Maybe if I knew more about it I would feel comfortable, but I'm thinking I probably should let a professional do it. But thanks for the suggestions and advice. I appreciate the help.
 

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One thing I have found that is good to do is clean the throttle body once a year or so. This takes the idle right back up to par without any adjustments.
 

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I have a 2003 vegas that is acting like its running out of fuel. When I cruise at 60 MPH in 5'th gear it has a hesitation about every mile or so and if I crack it wide open it does not go above 3500 to 4000 RPM's. Has anyone heard of faulty fuel pumps or bad fuel pressure sensor's? My local dealer has a fuel pump for a little over $500. The filter and lines are fine no clogs.
 

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Never mind I took it to the dealer and it ended up being the fuel pump. When it gets hot the pressure drops from 50 PSI to 30 PSI. It looks like I am out the $500 bills.
 
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