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I bought a used 2004 Shadow with 800 miles on it. I recently got the bike’s carbs clean and it runs fine. It’s just that when I run out of gas on the regular tank setting, my reserve doesn’t work. The tank could most likely need a cleaning. Is that it or something else? Thanks
 

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Though I have a VLX, I cant comment on which of the following issue. Your reserve position is blocked due to crud in tank and the fuel doesn't flow at all.

Alternatively, if its similar to my previous Yamaha where I got out of fuel without any notice and got stranded two times, is there is a inner tube for reserve and it 'fell off'. So the main position will get till last drop and when it runs out of fuel, the tank is bone dry.

May be you can check the tank if any fuel is left when it runs out of fuel in main. If you can see fuel possibly your reserve is blocked due to crud. Clean it up or worst case replace this:


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I had this problem. It was the filter on the petcock that goes up into the tank.

Clean tank, filter and petcock, shouldn't take long.
 
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