Ok, so I attacked the wife's trike this week. (2003 Intruder Volusia w/Lehman kit). VL-800. Bike was down on power when pulling hills. Had a crap load of projects going,so I took it to a stealership. A week and a half later I'm told compression is 125 and I need an overhaul, to the tune of $3000.
Well, I had already done a comp test and they were 180 dry, so needless to say, the bike came home and I told the service manager what I thought of their so called mechanic. I had noticed the plugs were snow white so I knew the previous owner had done a bafflectemy without re-jetting or even adjusting. Of course, when we bought it we were told the shop had it and synced the carbs. Not knowing Volusia's, I thought they were like my Marauder with twin carbs. (ha... stupid me). Anyway, I took the carb apart and it definitely had new inards. However, nobody had drilled the plug so you could adjust the carb from the outside. I did that and re-assembled. While tank was off, I went after the valves and discovered I couldn't even force a .004 guage under the intake, or a .007 on the exhaust.
After reading a few of the posts here, I went to work on adjusting them. Had to make my own tool with a piece of round stock, and a travel trailer screw (square head fits perfect)
Lot's of cussing and wishing my fingers were smaller, I got it done.
Put the bike back together and fired her up. What a difference. snappy throttle response, seems to have power.
Couldn't take her out because I spotted a small drip of fuel coming from somewhere under the tank. Pulled it back off and now, the big question. How can I run this thing without the tank so I can find that pesky drip? Anybody??