1980 GL1100 Hard to Start Warm


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Wingman80
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1980 GL1100 Hard to Start Warm

Postby Wingman80 » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:41 pm



Hi,
I have a 1980 GL1100. I just moved from Seattle to Jacksonville, and since arriving I have noticed excessive starter cranking times after it is up to operating temperature. When I was in Seattle with the mild climate, I could get her hot, shut her down, and immediately get her to start within less than a second of cranking. Currently It will start with just a short press of the starter button if it is cooled down to ambient temperatures. If I stop for anything less than an hour and get back on to ride, it takes at least 3-5 seconds of cranking before I get ignition. I saw on another thread where it talks about bad batteries and starters causing this, but my battery is less than 4 months old, and I just replaced the starter 3 months ago. The speed of the cranking is the same hot or cold. I am starting to think that it might be my igniters going bad, but am not really sure where to start. (Pun intended) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

V/r,

David



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Re: 1980 GL1100 Hard to Start Warm

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:42 pm

There are different atmospheric conditions at play here.I'm in Louisiana and I did notice a difference starting my wing here compared to the upper mid west.
That said,I'd suggest pulling each spark plug..take a picture of each one(noting what cylinder they came from) and post them so we can kinda tell how the engine is running.
If it's too rich,the plugs will be dark and sooty...a good reason it's hard to start until it gets a good clean breath of air.
You could also put on a spare plug to look at the spark when it's cold and hot.
Igniters seldom(as in I've never seen one) go weak but ignition coils do tend to crack and get poorly.
Also when you first start the bike from cold...let it idle only for 8 seconds..shut it down and lightly tap each header..see if there all equally warm...
Just checking if all 4 of them are actually firing on start up.

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Re: 1980 GL1100 Hard to Start Warm

Postby Wingman80 » Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:08 pm

Thank you! That's great info. Pics and info about the cold start to follow. :)


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