Howdy folks- I'm new here, and I have come in search of advice from people who know more about my bike than I do. It's a 2002 v-star 1100 classic. It's spent about a year and a half in the garage, untouched, unloved, unridden (big mistake, yes, but it's a long story involving my wife being pregnant and my twin daughters being born blah blah blah.. Best time of my life, and I just didn't have the time to ride. ) I got back on about two weeks ago, and now (surprise!) there is a problem:
I did not do any proper storage prep, since I wasn't actually planning on quitting riding that day. So when I got the bike out finally, I put a fresh tank of gas in and ran some techron through right off the bat. And it starts just fine. Runs a little rough, but probably needs a tune up. Plugs look good, no evidence of vacuum leaks anywhere, and mileage seems ok. However, once it gets warmed up the rpm's will not come down to normal idle unless the bike is at a 100% complete stop. Like, pretty high rpm's. I have to use the brake and the clutch just to keep it from screaming at stop signs and so forth. But the moment I hit that full stop (and not an inch before) the rpm's drop down to normal idle.
Now I know what some of you are thinking, and it's not a stuck cable. All cables are good, linkages are clean and move fine. I've seen a few other posts on various boards about this identical problem and the suggestion is always that the accelerator cable is sticky. But I know that's not the case here and here's why: If I'm at a stop, in neutral, and I push the bike forward or backward with my feet, using no throttle at all, then the rpm's shoot right up until I come to a stop again. Even if I push back two feet, up go the rpm's.
Is there anything besides the speed sensor that's linked directly to the rotation of the wheels? Maybe the air induction system somehow? Does the speed sensor do anything at all other than send signal to the speedometer and odometer? Like, does it control a vacuum solenoid somewhere?? Maybe that's a silly question, I don't really know.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance to all.