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Ok, I'm new to cycling so I'm probably missing the simple answer needed.
I started my 1300C with no problems this morning (bike in neutral, petcock in on position, choke all the way in) the bike ran for a minute or two while I was getting ready to ride, it then stalled on me.

I tried to start it up again and it would not turn over. I then proceeded to pull the choke out and try to start it - probably flooding the tank, still wouldn't start. I left it for 15 min or so and tried again, choke all the way in this time, held the throttle while trying to start it and still nothing.

My very limited knowledge consists of a MSF class, please help.

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When you tried to start it with the choke, did it start at all? Also, are you sure you have plenty of gas in the tank?
 

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When I tried with the choke it did not start, it tried to turn over but never fired up. The gas tank is almost full.
 

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look at the vaccum lines at the petcock... specifically the small one on the left side (towards the front). Ill bet its come off.

-Gonz
 

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look at the vaccum lines at the petcock... specifically the small one on the left side (towards the front). Ill bet its come off.

-Gonz
+1 from me. Been ther done that..:D
 

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I have too... as many times as Ive had that tank off, I know exactly what that symptom is... :)

-Gonz
 

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thanks for the suggestion, I will check it out as soon as I get done working in a few hours.
 

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The large line on the petcock is the fuel line. The small line is the vaccum line.

The Vaccum line opens the petcock to let the fuel flow.

If that doesnt happen, you use the fuel in the line and whats in the bowl (around 20 seconds, give or take) then kaput, and no start condition.

Let us know!

-Gonz
 

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The large line on the petcock is the fuel line. The small line is the vaccum line.

The Vaccum line opens the petcock to let the fuel flow.

If that doesnt happen, you use the fuel in the line and whats in the bowl (around 20 seconds, give or take) then kaput, and no start condition.

Let us know!

-Gonz
+1, EXCLUDING 2003. That year they felt they needed a fuel pump because Honda didn't understand how gravity works. Mine has been removed and it works fine, but I don't have the same lines as the other years.

And none of this helps the original poster, but I wanted to get it in here for those who use search. :)
 

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Flooded VTX

The same thing happened to me. You are right that it is flooded. You may have to pull the plugs and (make sure the plugs/plug wires aren't gorund to the frame) and turn the motor over a couple of times. I would then leave the plugs out for several hours (maybe over night) to let the gas evaporate out. After you put the plugs back in, pull the air breather (is the filter wet with fuel?) and shoot a little ether (starting fluid spray) in the carb as you start the motor.

That's what it took for my bike. Make sure you don't lerave ther choke opened after you start the bike. Use the throttle to warm it up. Leaving the choke opened appears to be the problem. Again this was my experience (VTX 1300S)
 

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You said " bike ran for a minute or two while I was getting ready to ride, it then stalled on me.

Did you check and make sure you did not hit the "Kill Switch" above the throttle grip, and fuel valve on the pit-cock was pointing down?


Sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. Here is what I figured out, I'm pretty sure I flooded the tank, but doing that led me to another problem area.

I noticed as I was trying to get it to start the headlamp was going unusually dim, and as my persistent nature kicked I continued to hit the starter hoping it would start if I just tried "one more time". After many "one more times" I noticed the headlamp got progressively dimmer and the engine stopped trying to turn over altogether. :banghead:

That's when I decided to check the battery, which turned out to be pretty much dead. With the new battery it starts up just fine. The guy at batteries plus said the levels on it were very low and that it was near the end of it's usable life...probably a sales pitch, but this is a recent purchase so I figured a fresh battery wouldn't hurt.
 

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Battery doesn't last long on these mikes. If you are using the choke to start it then you are probably fouling the plugs - pretty common.
Read this.
I don’t know why but it seems that a lot of bikes run fine when
new but after a couple years they seem to start having trouble.
OK some may be able to get away with using the choke but that
may have to do with when the set the carb during assembly.
However most of the time when someone is having trouble
starting their bikes it is usually due to using the
choke/enhancer and fouling the plugs. The choke in these bikes
isn't like the old fashion butterfly you are use to on older
types engines. The choke/enhancer actually dumps a whole lot of
gas directly into the cylinder and fouling the plugs. This is
all caused by the manufacture setting the A/F lean (1 5/8)
turns open to be able to pass EPA standards. If you set the A/f
at 2.5 turns open - most of the time you will not even need to
use the choke even when it is cold out.
Hers a link;
Glen's VTX Garage
http://www.glensvtxgarage.com/
 
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