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My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:19 am



Here are a couple of pics of my 99 1500 that I took delivery on last night. It has only 3600 original miles on it. As part of the deal, I had a lot of work done on it. Tune up, timing belts, carbs rebuilt, new hoses, oil and filter and coolant change. I took her for a short 150 mile ride last night. She runs a little rough at lower speeds and seems to have a bit of a flat spot when accelerating from a stop light. It also is loping a little at idle. I am going put half a can of Seafoam in it an put about 500 miles on it this weekend and see if it works its way out. Otherwise, I will take it back to the shop.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby billbob » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:56 pm

Great looking wing,i got a 98 se about a month ago,1st thing I did was run seafoam in the 1st two tanks 1/2 can at a time ,it helps.Good luck with your wing and enjoy it. :D

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Re: My new 1500

Postby Mag » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:26 pm

Keep us up to date on your trials, I am sure the Seafoam should clear stuff out, fingers crossed.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby redial » Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:07 pm

Nice looking GW. I trust you are really happy on your miles of smiles.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bustedwing » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:41 am

Congratulations on the new to you ride, it looks like a beautiful bike. I had the same problem with an 85 that had sat for a long time, hesitation on acceleration. SeaFoam worked great, took three tanks before it finally settled down but that's cheaper than carb rebuild. In your case, once you run a few tank fulls then a tank of clean fuel thru it then you should feel improvement. Good luck, ride safe.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby themainviking » Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:09 am

Sure is purdy... Congrats to you.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby jim mccarty » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:50 pm

A few years back, someone told me to add 3 to 4 ounces of "Marvel Mystery Oil" to a tank of gas every 3rd or 4th tank.
Supposedly kept it clean & running right. Don't know if it helped or not, but made me feel better.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby rodee71 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:44 pm

With only 3600 miles on it, it has obviously been sitting a lot. Mine had too, and I ended up having the fuel tank, the lines, the fuel pump, and the carbs cleaned, and a new fuel filter, by a dealer, to get her running right. Evidently, the PO hadn't filled the tank before parking her, and the tank walls flaked and clogged everything. Just saying, check the filter. Beautiful bike, enjoy.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:04 am

Thanks! I did a plus 600 mile ride on her yesterday and it's still acting up. Idles rough, sometime won't idle at all, obvious off idle flat spot and cutting out around 2000 rpm when not under load, ok under load. Carbs I were rebuilt, fuel filter changed, fuel lines replaced and the tank is clean. I ran Seafoam half can per tank on all 3 tanks yesterday, I will pick up another can this morning and add some to the next tank when I head home tomorrow morning. I don't think the tech synced the carbs, so it goes back to the shop on Tuesday!
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Re: My new 1500

Postby Mag » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:13 am

Ugh :( But you will be happy when it runs the way it should....

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Re: My new 1500

Postby bustedwing » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:39 am

Keep in mind that while SeaFoam attacks whatever is in your fuel system, it surrounds it and tries to make it burnable. But during the time it's working your engine may not run any better until you get all of the treatment out and clean fuel in. Good luck, ride safe.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:18 pm

I will take it back to the shop I got it from on Tuesday, they did all the work on it and they will make it right. I do a good amount of business with them getting parts for my Virago's and other bikes. Reverse doesn't work either, so they have to fix that. Good news I averaged 40 mpg on my ride yesterday.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bustedwing » Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:58 pm

That is decent fuel milage and I think the more you ride it the better it will get as far as smoothness. But if you have to take it in to have reverse repaired anyway then having them check it out would be worth while. Hopefully they can get the problem straightened out.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby Harp » Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:20 pm

Nice lookin' bike - enjoy!
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:20 am

I rode home this morning, another 150 miles, so that's 750 for the weekend. Running isn't any better and I ran two cans of Seafoam thru it. So to the shop it goes in the morning. I don't think they synced the carbs and its possible I have a vacuum leak as well. It was getting louder as I got close to my son's place on Saturday, so yesterday afternoon I check the mufflers and both clamps were loose, one had a bolt missing and the support bolts for the mufflers were loose as well. Makes one wonder what else got missed.........
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bustedwing » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:54 am

Someone didn't do a very good inspection before you took ownership. If you have a vacuum leak it would explain your problem. If you open up either side cover you will see several feet of vacuum lines and all you need is a crack in one to mess things up. And the older your bike gets the more common of a problem it is. My trike is a 1990 and two years ago I replaced every vacuum hose on it. Some were cracked, some were ok but brittle so would be cracking any time. It took me a long time but it was worth the effort.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:02 am

I was told yesterday, the problem was a vacuum line that came loos on one of the carbs. Makes sense! I am supposed to pick it up later today. Don't know what the reverse problem was, they said it worked for them. I will find out this afternoon when I go get the bike.
bustedwing: I will most likely replace all the lines or at least inspect them all this winter after the riding season is done here. Fuel lines were replaced as were vacuum lines that were bad. Don't know which ones or how many were replaced, tho..........
If its running OK, I will do a Reno trip this weekend, then maybe a Carson City, Santa Barbara and back up the Coast Highway over Labor Day weekend.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby bjatwood » Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:20 pm

Nice looking bike. I'm kindof partial to the Spectra Red one's myself! I'm sure it was something pretty simple causing the issue. Our 98 gets just a tad over 40MPG's on the ethanol 87, and mid 40's on the premium grade fuel.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:40 pm

Picked the bike up from the shop yesterday afternoon and took it for a 75 mile run. Still not there. The vacuum leak was part of the problem, but not all of it. The engine is running lean and surges at idle and at speed you can feel it cutting out at cruising speeds. I pulled a plug on the right bank this afternoon and it is totally white. Should be tan or an off-white best case. I am going to make a short run with it tomorrow, 2 or 300 miles and then back to the shop it goes on Tuesday. Hopefully, this is the last time and it will come back running smooth. I have a 1200 mile trip planned over the Labor Day weekend. Filled the tank at 248 miles indicated, took 5.2 gallons. Love the fuel mileage..........
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Re: My new 1500

Postby Mag » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:03 pm

How in the world did you get 47 mpg? That is great, I was at 38 mpg this last tank, but still have to get over the gas gauge issue.

Looks like you are almost there on the bike running right. I was thinking taking the ride from my place down to parents (Sonora, CA) 750 miles, but the bike just is not quite right .... yet. Almost there.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:34 pm

Mag wrote:How in the world did you get 47 mpg? That is great, I was at 38 mpg this last tank, but still have to get over the gas gauge issue.

Looks like you are almost there on the bike running right. I was thinking taking the ride from my place down to parents (Sonora, CA) 750 miles, but the bike just is not quite right .... yet. Almost there.


47 is quite doable - everyday riding on my 1500, one-up, I average around 45 or so.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby Mag » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:47 pm

WingAdmin wrote:47 is quite doable - everyday riding on my 1500, one-up, I average around 45 or so.


Hmmmm, I need to ride more.... ;)

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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:30 pm

On the ride I just took I averaged 43 MPG. Half of the 300 miles was freeway driving and the rest secondary mountain roads.
If you get down to Sonora, Let me know when you are going thru and maybe we can have a cup of coffee. I live about 150 miles north of Sonora just off Highway 49.
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Re: My new 1500

Postby Mag » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:00 pm

If....
- My wife does not need knee surgery
- The snows don't cover the Siskyous
- I don't win the lotto

I should be down there 22nd - 24th.

I have not decided whether I am taking the bike, but with the buzzing and clicking and stuff it is doing, I just do not have the confidence in this one.....yet. So, I might be caging this trip, but I should be on a pattern of visiting twice a year, so if you miss me this time, catch me next, I may have the bike down there next May, that would be a good time, before all the fires that are going on in the hills.

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Re: My new 1500

Postby bstig60 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:58 pm

What's your bike doing???


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