I just purchased a 1985 Honda Shadow vt500
This is my first post in your forum. Hopefully reading FAQ's and lurking aren't requirements...I'll do my best to be respectful. On to the bike...
It has a hard time starting, but with some carb cleaner in the air intake it will start and run. Timing sounds good (to my untrained ears), but the engine lacks power.
The previous owner said he had the carb cleaned after the bike started bogging down. After that performance improved, but the problem soon returned. He then decided the tank needed cleaning, lost patience and sold the bike to me.
Does anyone have any advice as far as cleaning the tank and carb again? Could the problem lie elsewhere?
The only other bike I've had was an '86 BMW rs100, and it never really needed any repair. I am willing and able to try fixing this Honda myself with a little expert advice from you kind folks. I plan on getting the manual a.s.a.p.
Sidenote--As of this post, the bike is still at the previous owner's house. I'm going to bring it home in a truck in a few hours.