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My VTX 1300 just started to backfire during acceleration at lower rpms this morning. Each time I shift it back fires a bit (several times in a row) and then accelerates normally. I can hear a clicking noise coming from the from of the engine just prior to the backfires. The bike was sufficiently warmed up.

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You should change spark plugs. If you you have after market pipes you need to have it rejeted or the problem will continue.

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