I rode my bike for a quick errand today. It began with a quick trip to the gas station just a few blocks away to top off the tank. I then proceeded to the nearest Burger King, which happened to be just another couple blocks down the road. I went in to order, and it took about 10 minutes before I was able to hit the road again on the bike. As I was waiting at the stoplight by the B-King, the engine stumbled once very hard amidst an otherwise smooth idle from what was clearly the engine backfiring through the carb(s). The stumble was so hard that the bike lurched slightly to the side from the torque effect of the rapid change in engine speed. The bike ran fine after that, and I'm puzzled what could've caused that backfire. The bike should be in a very healthy state of tune (it has all of 400 miles on the odometer - 300 miles is specified in the manual for break-in). Have any other VTR owners experienced this sort of thing? Was it the short trips that didn't allow the engine to warm fully? This is my first V-twin, as all my other bikes have been 4-cyls and a single.
This bike is definitely an acquired taste. Although I love the TORQUE, I do miss the smoothness of the inline fours.
--2000 VTR1000F Super Hawk