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Old 13th December 2017
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Just bought a near pristine, totally stock 95 XL883 Standard with 2000 original miles. It runs great up to 70mph but I cannot get it over 85mph top speed. I had a new 74 XLCH that would run 109 and a 69 XLH with windshield and bags that the speedometer showed 115 with my wife on the back. I've owned a number of Sportsters and never had one this slow. Maybe it will get faster when it gets more miles on it? My dealer says they need to rich up the carb and a less restrictive air filter etc, I didn't need that on my other Sportsters for them to hit 100mph. Please help.
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Is the throttle adjusted so that it'll fully open?
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YES-----It just won't pick up speed in 5th. In 4th it will run up quicker but without a tach I.m afraid of over revving it.
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YES-----It just won't pick up speed in 5th. In 4th it will run up quicker but without a tach I.m afraid of over revving it.


Does it have adjustable pushrods? Sounds like a tuneup and compression health check


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It should have a rev limiter. Rev it up in 4th before you up shift to 5th.
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Stock petcock? I was gifted a pretty chrome (Chinese) one once that could not deliver enough fuel. Stumbled at WOT. Replaced it with a higher quality one, problem solved.
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Weird, are you gently gaining speed or are you opening throttle wide open? If gently, you may still be on the needle and maybe a blocked main jet, or you may even find the main lying in the bottom of float bowl. What happens when it will not go any faster? does it stutter or stay clean? If you are on wide open throttle does it get better if you close throttle slightly? Take air filter off and double check you are getting full throttle movement.
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A few years back my brother bought a 2003 883 and complained of the same thing. He was getting great fuel milage out of it....turned out to be a split diapham in the carb, fuel milage is not so good now
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Yep, nice one Geezer. That's something else to check while the air cleaners off. Make sure the slide goes up and down smoothly.
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