1975 Goldwing will not idle

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Motorcycle: 1975 GL 1000 Goldwing

1975 Goldwing will not idle

Post by derekwin » Tue May 07, 2013 11:45 pm

Do not know the history of this bike. Just bought it and it will not run below 3000 rpm. Dies out like it is not getting enough fuel. Anybody got any suggestions.

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Fred Camper
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Re: 1975 Goldwing will not idle

Post by Fred Camper » Wed May 08, 2013 9:02 pm

I would bet an ignition issue. The mixture is easier to ignite at higher rpm. So that is where I would look first. Points or electronic ignition?

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Re: 1975 Goldwing will not idle

Post by Placerville » Thu May 09, 2013 2:10 am

Agree with Fred.

You said you don't know the history of this bike, correct? So, have you started with the basics e.g., clean fuel lines, air and fuel filter? You might be starved for either fuel or air. Make sure your fuel pump isn't leaking from the weep hole at the bottom, indicating that the diaphragm is failing. If it is, the pump will have trouble delivering the correct amount of fuel to your carbs. Check your fuel cap and ensure that it's venting properly. If the caps vent (it allows air 'in' only) is partially clogged, your fuel flow will suffer. These are easy things to check. Try to cover all them first before moving on to the more complex possibilities. Almost everything is easier than pulling and rebuilding the carbs.
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