Alrighty...bear with me while I try to explain this here. Keep in mind that I am not very experienced with working on motorcycles...or anything with wheels really. I'd love to learn though. Anyway, here goes, thanks in advance to any help that comes my way!
2001 Vstar 1100 Custom. Bought a couple months back. There have been times where it seemed to act funny. Shutting off on it's own after riding when I put down the kickstand, sounded like it was starting kind of rough. But hey, what do I know, maybe this is how it's supposed to run. being new to motorcycles I don't have anything to compare it to. Just after a new set of shoes, the tip is shot off of the cheap exhaust when I accelerated from stoplight. Soooo I buy a new full exhaust, and install it. I read up and thought I'd try bumping through the re-jetting process (115 main in front, 112.5 in rear, 3 turns on PMS). All ended up going well (after initially installing the wrong size jets).
I decided to check the valve clearance and swap out a worn throttle cable while I was already in the bike. All seemed to go just fine. I made no adjustments to the valves. After putting everything back together, I tried to start the bike (Link to video of first attempt here - https://youtu.be/qsuTOFlih9k
) but no dice. Sounds like it's kicking back? It finally did start, (super high idle) and I noticed smoke coming from the outside of the V on the front cylinder. Someone has suggested that the issue there may just have been oil leaking onto the exhaust, which makes sense. Today I noticed some oil on the ground right under the front tappet cover and exhaust as well. I checked resistance on the TPS. Resistance between blue and black - 5.1kohm (within standard), but resistance between yellow and black was .929kohms. I adjusted the sensor to put it within standard, but it would not go below .91kohms...not sure why that is the case, but maybe it has something to do with the difficulty starting? I checked the battery (all good), but not the cold cranking amps, as I am worried that I could continue to destroy the starter clutch. Pulled both spark plugs as well. I don't have much experience reading plugs, but looks like the bike has been running rich. Hard to say what it will do now though because I just installed a new full exhaust and re-jetted. The front plug is dirty all the way up the threads, while the rear plug is dirty about 1/2 way up the threads. Not sure exactly what that could be telling me...Here's a link to pics of the plugs (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0...sp=sharing
). I'm guessing that there are multiple things going on here, but I'm at a loss. Sorry for the novel...if anyone could point me in the right direction I'd greatly appreciate it!