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  • Rough running/idle, no power

    Posted by Linda on September 24, 2023 at 11:30 am

    We have a 2003 vegas with about 130,000 miles on it. Bike is ridden every year. While on a ride the bike started running rough, no power, wouldn’t idle. But it will start up, no problem. We got it home and tested the fuel pump and it tested fine but we pulled it out to check the filters and the tank. Visually looks good. The fuel pump was replaced at a Victory dealership about 10 years ago. About 5 years ago we put a power commander on it. The only issue we’ve had till now has been the fuel pump relay. It occasionally will start to run rough so we replace the relay and then runs great. Why does the relay go bad? Does this have anything to do with the current issue? Should we have the fuel pump checked?

    Rylan replied 2 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Rylan

    September 26, 2023 at 6:41 am

    I do not know. When the bike gets to a certain age and mileage there are so many factors that I wouldn’t be able to make a guess.

    I’ve had a looooong string of people that leave critical parts of their issues out of their description. Like, we’ll go round and round talking through a weird issue, and only after a weeks worth of emails do I find out “oh, by the way, this bike was totaled, had been on fire, was rebuilt by an idiot, who then stored it outside for a couple of years, then we replaced the wire harness with something we found on Ebay, and so on, and so on. *face palm*

    The answer is usually in the history of the bike. Only when I see the bike in person and say “hey, this frame is burnt and rusty, and this wire harness is routed wrong, the wrong spark plugs are in it, the XXX thing is installed wrong, the YYY thing is upside down, and so on until we whittle down all the little issues that built up to where you are now.

    The parts about your message that raised my eyebrows were: it eats through relays? Weird, never seen that before. And then you said something about a “current issue”. What’s the current issue? This is where you tell me the stock voltage regulator was replaced by a cheap Amazon import (or whatever) and then I say “well shit, you should have said that right off the bat!”

    Basically start from where the bike was running flawlessly, analyze the changes that were made after that, and BE HONEST with yourself. Don’t ever say “well it can’t be the XXX part, I just bought a new one! Well, it can’t be the XXX thing, my Harley never had a problem with a XXX thing.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  Rylan.
  • Linda

    September 27, 2023 at 9:43 pm


    Thank you for the information. But we found oil in the weather pack plug between the stator and the regulator. It was FULL of oil! Don’t know how that happened 😕. Seems to have been the cause of our problem. Have you ever heard of this happening? Cleaned out the plug, then put the bike back together and took it for a test drive. So far so good. Will take it for a longer ride tomorrow.



    • Rylan

      September 28, 2023 at 4:51 am

      That is not uncommon and shouldn’t be an issue. Oil from inside the engine is wicking through the wires.