Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?


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Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:57 pm



The '80 Interstate has had a lot of work done to it thus far...

I have adjusted and tuned or replaceed as much and many of the maintenance items that I can.
When I found the valves were adjusted WAY tight I fixed that as well and the bike runs like a sewing machine...

ONCE IT IS WARMED UP ... :?

When it is cold it barely runs, then catches on another cylinder , then sputters and spits until it can finally get all 4 firing and hot...
That can take a minute or two and then with the choke on it will start to stay running on it's own...
Then after a brief run in period it will start running excellent like I expect a Goldwing should...

The only thing I can think to do at this point is maybe a good carb cleaning,,but I have NO EXPERIENCE with that and hesitate to tear it down and make it worse ....I can live with it being a warm weather runner as my son will rarely ride when it is cold anyway...only I am nuts enought to do that it seems....but a nagging thought in the back of my mind says ...maybe...just maybe...I could get it running better...

And IF that is the case perhaps the fuel economy on the 1980 would get better than the 35 MPG average we've experienced so far (mostly short rides and not on the highway)

My plans for spring are this...
TIRES
BATTERY
Seafoam in every tank for bettter running and cleaner innards...

And that was/is it..!...but maybe carbs...? :roll:

Or is this thing just a cold blooded beastie...? 8-)



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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby portugeezer » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:44 pm

I think you just need to clean the jets then reset the floats and do a carb sync. I live about an hour or so from you. I will come by in the spring and give you a hand. After that you will know how to clean up your carbs! :D

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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby doctorpaul » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:02 pm

Are you running pure gasoline or an ethanol blend?
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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:30 pm

portugeezer wrote:I think you just need to clean the jets then reset the floats and do a carb sync. I live about an hour or so from you. I will come by in the spring and give you a hand. After that you will know how to clean up your carbs! :D


THAT WOULD BE AWESOME...! I'll buy lunch ! What a nice offer...I am very grateful ...Thanks...

doctorpaul wrote:Are you running pure gasoline or an ethanol blend?


I live in an area that has the reformulated fuel and ethanol 10%. It works OKAY in my 1500...but the 1100 is a bit more fussy with it's carbs it seems...I do see the difference when I ride out west and get some real gas...the mileage and performance go way up...
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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:
portugeezer wrote:I think you just need to clean the jets then reset the floats and do a carb sync. I live about an hour or so from you. I will come by in the spring and give you a hand. After that you will know how to clean up your carbs! :D


THAT WOULD BE AWESOME...! I'll buy lunch ! What a nice offer...I am very grateful ...Thanks...

doctorpaul wrote:Are you running pure gasoline or an ethanol blend?


I live in an area that has the reformulated fuel and ethanol 10%. It works OKAY in my 1500...but the 1100 is a bit more fussy with it's carbs it seems...I do see the difference when I ride out west and get some real gas...the mileage and performance go way up...

How much does your mileage and performance go up using "real" gas? Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:57 pm

When I get out of the reformulated gas area I live i I can usually get 3-4 MPG MORE than usual..
That is close to 10% which is a lot in my opinion...
The ethanol is not the same....
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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:16 am

If you're working on a 32 year old bike, and you can't recall when the carbs were removed for cleaning, well, it's time.
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Re: Cold blooded beast...? Or something else..?

Postby Wingsconsin » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:46 am

SteveB123 wrote:If you're working on a 32 year old bike, and you can't recall when the carbs were removed for cleaning, well, it's time.

The bike is new-to-me this year...It runs 'okay' but does not deliver the fuel economy I would've hoped for at low to mid 30's.
The previous owner was 'lax' on the maintenance as the bike was used less & less (I found low fluids and lack of attention to details in several places) so I wold bet the carbs were equally ignored. I feel it is running to rich but the spark plugs show normal so it has me confused. With no practical experience removing and cleaning carbs this will be a challenge to me.

Fortunately for me Portugeezer has kindly offered to visit in spring and walk me through it so I am hopeful things will get better.


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