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    Fiance's friend bought a 1996 Honda Shadow American Classic Edition 1100 (V Twin 2 carb liquid cooled 10k miles) to take her motorcycle test and ride. Took her test and was scared of bike so it sat (full of gas) last 6 years. She wants to sell it... Her boyfriend put a battery in it and would crank but not fire. My fiance volunteered me to fix it. Drained tank and carb bowls put fresh gas with seafoam in it.. Cranked and nothing. Plugs were wet and dark. Fuel pump didn't push anything so I replaced fuel pump and filter (manual called for removing rear wheel/fender/swing arm/obtaining peace between all men etc.. Obviously I didn't do all that. Got pump and filter replaced.. Wouldn't start (but now pushing fuel good). I asked on a vt1100 forum (FB) if there was any odd ignition related thing that is prone to failure (coils, pickup coil, etc) my spark tested didn't fit well in deep cylinder hole when I replaced plugs so I couldn't see if I had spark. Didn't feel like poking voltmeter everywhere without more info...

    Every answer was "clean carbs" or "take to dealer... I bought some starting fluid and that did the trick. Let it idle for 15 min to let seafoam treated gas works its way through everything.. Then could Rev it easily... All fixed.

    I guess I was expecting some good solid" next step" advice specific to this bike... Like we would get on the RSC. I started reading some threads.... "they are out of the factory plugs (same ones we use NGK 5129) but they have - 9 instead of - 7 can I use that instead?" People answered "probably be fine get split fires". Lots of threads like that.

    I don't know of any other forum (certainly none I have been on) that give as technical or detailed advice as this one.

    LET'S RIDE

  • #2
    This site is much more technical than social. Other sites not so much.

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    • #3
      So what is friend gonna do with the bike now?

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      • #4
        I belong to a couple other forums also one for my Super Duty and one for a car I have and by far this site makes all others pathetic in comparison. Way more people interested in helping and will to walk you through things you are maybe not as comfortable doing. The others if you’re not a mechanic you are pretty much SOL when trying to get help.

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        • #5
          I'm not a FB user so not sure if I can weigh in appropriately. I belong to a Toyota based forum that is pretty good and reminds me some of here although it's membership is much larger. I've made a friend or two over there as well. So some similarity to here. Another Yamaha board that is decent but still not RSC...although most of it is about other models I'm not as interested in.

          I just don't have a lot of faith in FB or YouTube for that matter. There are a lot of wannabes that like to come off as "experts". I've been around the block a time or two and can usually look at a post and smell something fishy and search deeper. It's not very often I see something here I question. So those days when this site was down were very sad for me. This is one place I check daily. The others are more when I have time. Take it for what it's worth.

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