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Offline detfan68

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2009 XL 883C
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:54:19 AM »

Ok letís see if I can make this legible. Not sure how to explain whatís going on.

Once I shift into 5th gear and get cruising for a bit, it suddenly starts slowing and when I get back on it, it struggles to pick up speed again so I know at this point I need to get to a lower gear.

So when I pull the clutch in(and roll off the throttle) it starts to just rev, and at the same time (with clutch pulled in) slows me down as if Iím engine breaking, but Iím not. Clutch is still pulled in. Then suddenly it stops and Iím able to get back on it.

Again. Only happens in 5th gear and at higher speeds. 60 and up

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 10:24:35 AM »
 :scratch: sounds odd, only in 5th, but some things to cross off your list
any new mods ? new wheels tire combo, primary ? fluids okay ?
1) clutch adjustments, rolling on the throttle, does the engine rev excessively?
2) any sounds from the front or back wheel/brakes, as if they were locking up  :unsure:
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 10:27:06 AM »
Itís all stock. Nothing that you asked has happened.

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 11:31:34 AM »
It could possibly be a blocked vent on the gas tank. Otherwise I'm a bit stumped.
It almost sounds like sumping, but I don't think Sportsters are known for that.
Has there been a time when you checked the engine oil when it was cold and added some, possibly overfilling it? (Always run the motor for a few minutes before checking and adding.)
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 11:47:35 AM »
Stumped as well. Itís so odd that Iíve had a hard time explaining it   
Oil etc. etc. is all fine. Up to this point itís been Harley maintained. They canít even look at it for 10 days. So frustrating.

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 11:49:06 AM »
Itís all stock. Nothing that you asked has happened.
MY 93 1200 is all stock, but just after a top end rebuild the carb got some garbage in the jets due to a bad (missing) gas filter, so stock or not there are things to check.
if you say it's losing power in 5th ? "suddenly starts slowing and when I get back on it, it struggles to pick up speed again" and
"when I pull the clutch in(and roll off the throttle) it starts to just rev"   sounds like a possible vacuum issue (petcock) gas flow issue  :nix:
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 11:50:41 AM »
Yea thatís where Iím lost. No clue how to check that. Also itís fuel injected if that helps

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018, 12:48:32 PM »
FI - may be easier to diagnose, checking with the cap off, and ignition on, check for sounds of fuel you could have a busted fuel line. hopefully someone with FI skill will chime in..
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2018, 01:23:26 PM »
I have to agree with Hossamania and Pete_Vit on fuel.
Fuel starvation........you have a dirt problem, bad injector, or dirty injector(s).
Try some Sea Foam in the fuel tank.
If it was my bike I'd pour in a half can of Sea Foam to about three gals....... run it for about twenty miles and see what happens.
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2018, 04:13:29 PM »
Ive noticed my oil cap keeps popping up every time I ride it. Just figured out that was in wrong..Could that be an issue?

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2018, 04:19:31 PM »
Also what is this turnable thing between the throttle and break cable? It looks like a star. Sort of?

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2018, 06:22:54 PM »
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2018, 07:49:26 PM »
Also what is this turnable thing between the throttle and break cable? It looks like a star. Sort of?

That is your throttle lock. You can tighten it to hold your throttle in place so you can let go to help the fatigue in your hand. Keep it loose when not in use. If your throttle feels sticky, it's because that is dragging. I leave mine completely loose when not in use.
It is NOT a cruise control.

Ive noticed my oil cap keeps popping up every time I ride it. Just figured out that was in wrong..Could that be an issue?

It could be. See how it does now that it is correct.
What speed are you going when you shift into 5th gear and cruise?

Do you have an owners manual? If so, read through it completely. If not, get one, read through it completely.
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2018, 07:53:43 PM »
Well over 60. Itís happened twice. Once on the expressway, and the other day around 60 ish.

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2018, 08:02:55 PM »
Hopefully the oil cap will take care of it.
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2018, 06:25:02 AM »
you mentioned oil cap popping out or wanting to pop out? is the oil bag (reservoir) over full? on a Sporty you check the oil level standing it up, the oil level should not be full in the reservoir that is up to the neck, there's an oil level mark at the bottom of the oil stick, that's where it needs to be.

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correction: 2004 an up check oil level on the side stand  :emsad:
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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2018, 08:50:15 AM »
Nope oil is good.

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2018, 02:45:31 PM »
Just gonna let Harley figure it out. Have a service plan until next month may as well just let them solve it for me. Plus I think
My rear brakes need looked at anyway.

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Re: 2009 XL 883C
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2018, 05:58:11 AM »
Just gonna let Harley figure it out. Have a service plan until next month may as well just let them solve it for me. Plus I think
My rear brakes need looked at anyway.
  :up: if you are paying for a plan may as well use it, personally, I've had bad luck with the dealership service folks finding anything, good luck to you and keep us updated if they find anything  :unsure:
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