by Erick Kristian
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Honda introduced the VTX 1300, a cruiser motorcycle with a 1,300 cubic centimeter (cc) engine, in 2002. Although Honda motorcycles have a reputation for reliability and quality, they can succumb to specific problems just like other motorcycles. However, the most common mistakes come from poor maintenance and infrequent service. Regular maintenance can prevent many of these common problems. Typical problems include the engine not starting, as well as performance and handling issues.
Check to make sure the motorcycle starts. If it does not start, one or more problems may be occurring. Check the fuel flow to the carburetor; If it does not reach the carburetor, the problem may be due to a faulty fuel line, filter, tank breather, or fuel pump. If fuel is getting into the carburetor, the problem may be a faulty spark plug. Check the ignition wires, pulse generator, coil, and ignition control module (ICM), which is the motorcycle’s computer. Check that the carburetor is not flooded and that the throttle valve is open.
Check the settings if the motorcycle has difficulty starting. If the engine starts but then stalls, the problem may be due to improper use of the choke, a poorly adjusted carburetor, poor quality gasoline, or a faulty ICM. Test cylinder compression and check for stuck valves, a worn cylinder, or a damaged head gasket. Also, the valve may have an incorrect timing.
Check if the engine lacks power. Lift the wheel off the ground and turn it by hand. If it doesn’t turn, the brake could be dragging or your motorcycle may have a damaged wheel bearing or gear bearing. Check the tire pressure; a faulty valve or puncture can result in low pressure. If the motorcycle is having trouble accelerating, the clutch may be slipping or the discs / plates may be damaged. Also, the air filter or muffler may be clogged.