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I really wish I was more knowledgable on how to fix my own bike. I just got it back from the shop. They put in a new fuel pump, petcock, fuel line and filter. Basically I have a whole new fuel system. They claim they cleaned the carb out as well.
The problem is the bike still tends to bog. It takes awhile for it to warm up. Once it warms up, things are fine, but for whatever reason, it seems like it takes too long for this to happen. It bogs and sputters when I try to take off from a stop sign or stop light. Sometimes it will sputter or bog when I get up to speeds of about 35-40. Any ideas on what is causing this? Could it be because it is colder now? Does a bike need time to adjust to the new parts? I can't afford to take it back to the shop for any more work at this time. I'm going to try and find a manual to start learning how to fix things myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

It's a VL800 2003 Anniversary Edition. Thanks all.
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Take it back. they have not fixed it. My '03 runs like a raped ape 1 min after it starts.

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How cold is it there? What kind of fuel you feedin it?
Round here it's in the 40's and we can only get the 10% ethanol crap, makes the bike run like crap and take forever to warm up. Pretty much have to leave the choke at the first notch for an unreasonable amount of time (like 5 minutes or more often longer) before she warms up enough to run worth a dam without it and even then until the watered down ethanol (it loves to absorb water and settle out of the gas when temps drop) that settled out gets burned off still has fits of bogging and backfiring.

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Yes, it's been around 45-50 in the morning when I ride to work. Perhaps I need to use a better grade gas. I took it for a ride last night and once it was warmed up it seemed to run just fine. I just thought it was an unusually long time for it to warm up. If it continues to act up the next few days I'm taking it back to the shop. Thanks for the input fellas.
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I have an 03 and it has 23,000 miles on it and has always been cold natured ( especially in cold weather). I have found that if i leave the choke/enrichment pulled out a little for the first 3 or so miles, it runs great. These bikes are mostly all cold natured. The next time it starts bogging, reach down with your left hand and pull the choke out until it stops bogging. Then push it back in after a few miles.
There is nothing WRONG with your bike, it is just a combination of factory lean condition and restrictive intake/exhaust.
Yes, you can make it better, IF you want to open up the intake, add an aftermarket exhaust, and rejet the carb. Too much money, when you can just pull the choke out a little. Just my 2c
Plus, i would run some seafoam thru the fuel system to finish cleaning it out.

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How cold is it there? What kind of fuel you feedin it?
Round here it's in the 40's and we can only get the 10% ethanol crap, makes the bike run like crap and take forever to warm up. Pretty much have to leave the choke at the first notch for an unreasonable amount of time (like 5 minutes or more often longer) before she warms up enough to run worth a dam without it and even then until the watered down ethanol (it loves to absorb water and settle out of the gas when temps drop) that settled out gets burned off still has fits of bogging and backfiring.

+1 Short of rejetting it's just something I got used to. I run with the choke on the first notch for about 10 minutes if the temp is in the 50's or lower. Apart from that it runs great!

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Hi guys,

I really wish I was more knowledgable on how to fix my own bike...
Welcome to school! Best of all, it's FREE! Unless you consider the cost of trial and error, which I totally encourage you to do

I agree with utilizing the "choke" for a bit, as you start out in the AM. Also, I think I'd take it back to the shop and let them know that the symptom hasn't changed. I don't know how much they charged you, but whatever it was is too much. See about a reduction in labor, at least.

That said, rejetting your carbs is not a bad idea. Tons of info about that on the site, but it basically means you add more gas into the carb (at least more than the stock jets do).

In any event, I hope you have a blast working on your bike!

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It sounds like a choke issue to me as well. My old bike had similar symptoms when the weather got colder. Try letting the bike warm up before riding and like other have mentioned play around with the choke. The good part about it is it doesn't cost anything to find out if it helps.
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I have a 2002 VL800, 35K miles that I bought this summer and am having the same problem bogging as described in the beginning of this thread. I ride to work daily, about 35 miles, at highway speeds. In the summer and fall it ran great. It is getting progressively worse the colder it gets. It was 32 degrees when I left for work today. I could not get above 70 mph on the interstate and it was in obvious distress. I can feel it surging, bucking like it is starved. Is it water condensing in the fuel? I fill up three 5 gallon cans with fuel and the use out of that for a couple of weeks...could that be an issue? Is there something I need to add to the fuel? I use 89 octane, 10% ethanol, because there is really no choice.

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Try pulling the choke out partially next time the running issue rears it's head, and if that seems to help the machine to run stronger, then You'll need to re-jet for the colder temps, which are usually accompanied by a slight change in barometric pressure.

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