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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Bad backfire

My 06 backfires badly when upshifting ( almost without fail from 1 to 2 and a lot less from 3 up)
I have a power commander on the bike-could it be that it needs to be re mapped ? The charge to put the bike on the
dyno is $350-a tad bit expensive. Is there anything else I can look at that may be causing this problem ?
I have no idea as to when plugs etc were last changed on the bike.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 08:09 AM
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Does it also backfire if you rev it up in one gear, and then throttle off to compression brake?

If it backfires when you compression brake, does it stop if you crack the throttle open just a bit?

If the bike is only backfiring when you upshift, it might be your timing between the throttle and clutch, if you are shutting the throttle off just before you clutch in, or just after

another possibility: maybe you are reving up almost to the point of hitting the rev limiter, then when you pull the clutch in the engine jumps higher, and the limiter kills the spark, flooding the exhaust with gas.
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Thanks for those points KCW-the answer is "no" to both your first and second questions. I'll try shifting from 1 to 2 quicker and see
what happens.
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another question for clarification: is the bike sounding off one loud BANG! like a gunshot or is it sputtering and popping

backfiring is a very generic term

on my V4 royal star when I accelerate hard and shift fast the bike makes a noticeable BROWGH sound everytime I upshift. If I intentionally throttle off and then shift it doesnt make that sound

The RS and my VS650 both pop and crackle when I compression brake unless I crack the throttle a bit.

I have seen a harley with loud exhaust go by and do the shotgun blast with a bright flash out the muffler everytime he shifted. (it was nighttime). I dont know if he had set up the bike to do that intentionally? If it was my ride it would drive me nuts.

When I had air cooled VWs I discovered if I took my foot off the gas at 40mph in 3rd gear, turned the ignition (key) off, pumped the gas quick, then turn the key back on it would backfire like a shotgun.

I thought it was great... until I blew a $100 aftermarket muffler in half, split it right open.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Took the bike for a ride yesterday-tried shifting shorter ( shifted up to 2 very shortly after take off) and bike didnt backfire. To answer
your question the bike was sounding like a gunshot when shifting longer. Seems like the shorter shifting sorts the problem. I drove around for ages to to try and get the bike to make a BROWGH sound but no luck lol !! anyway KCW thanks for the input-much appreciated.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 10:18 AM
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I did experience some back firing before the stator in my 2014 Vstar 650 failed. Not being a mechanic I can't really provide further details. Not sure if this is appropriate to your issue or not.
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Maybe check your gas as well. When I first got my 2010 Strat, I was using premium like the dealer said, but I would sometimes get it at grocery store gas stations or anywhere else I could find it cheap. I used to get a single, loud gunshot blast backfire when I'd upshift. Having not put 2+2 together I stopped in and asked the mechanic at the dealership about it and he asked where I was getting it. When I told him he told me to stick with stations that only sell top tier gas like Shell & BP. I did and haven't had an issue since.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 10:41 AM
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You also need high octane.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 07:53 AM
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I had the same problem and overcome it by fitting a Memjet remapping device. It cost me a couple of hundred but totally solved the problem plus gave me more power and better fuel consumption. It simply plugs into your Air flow sensor and has a dial from 0 to 9. Mine runs best set on 8 when its cold weather and 5 in summer. I bought it in eBay last year.
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Another cause of some backfiring/popping noise when downshifting valve clearance. Have you ever had them checked?
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