78 GL1000


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Goldnugget
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78 GL1000

Postby Goldnugget » Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:55 pm



I just purchased a 78GL1000. I got it to running pretty good. It idles good. It revs up good but when i take it out it has hardly any power. The down tubes from the carbs on the right side are cooler than the ones on the left. What should i check next?



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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby SnoBrdr » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:02 pm

Goldnugget wrote:I just purchased a 78GL1000. I got it to running pretty good. It idles good. It revs up good but when i take it out it has hardly any power. The down tubes from the carbs on the right side are cooler than the ones on the left. What should i check next?


How long has the bike sat?

Read this: http://www.randakksblog.com/starting-a-gl1000-after-a-long-lay-up/

Probably needs the carbs done at the least.

Belts are a must as well.

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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby Goldnugget » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:10 pm

Thanks. He said it set up about a year i guess.

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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby SnoBrdr » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:23 pm

Goldnugget wrote:Thanks. He said it set up about a year i guess.


A year can be a long time with stale gas sitting in the carbs. Who knows if he ever had the carbs rebuilt either.

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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby Goldnugget » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:50 pm

I flushed out the carbs by applying pressure to the tank with pure gas with added cleaners. They dont leak. I took top of the carbs off and cleaned and polished the draft tubes( or what ever they are called). It cranks good and will idle well also. I just checked out the points this evening. They look good but i took a small screwdriver just to softly scrap any corrosion off. I didnt not loosen the points. Now it wont crank at all. I guess i will have to reset the gap. I have a lot to learn. This is the first GW i have ever owned.

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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby Goldnugget » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:29 pm

Got it running again...whew!!!!! The points and timing are easy now that what to do.

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Re: 78 GL1000

Postby Goldnugget » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:55 pm

UPDATE.....#1 and #3 wires were crossed. It runs great now. I paid $550 for it plus a battery and plugs and gas. It didnt run when i got it. Couple of weeks of foolin with it and now it runs great!!!!!




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