Dry Fuel Tank


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Dry Fuel Tank

Postby BikerNewsman » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:52 pm



I just went out to measure the amount of fuel in the tank so I could put the appropriate amount(s) of Sta-Bil Ethanol Treatment and fuel system cleaner in my new (to me) '85 GL1200 LTD, assuming the previous owner had left some fuel in the tank for me (yes, I should know better than to assume) and found the tank dry. I put a soft rubber hose, with cloth taped to the end, in all the way to the bottom and found absolutely no moisture at all. Since there is not now, nor has there ever been, any type of drip spots under the bike I have to assume (again) it was delivered (by trailer) with the fuel tank dry approximately 3 weeks ago. When I opened the cap there was pressure (it blew some dust away from the area surrounding the tube) so I know the tank has no holes in it and the cap seals properly.

Oh, before you ask, I haven't started it since taking posession because the battery was dead. That's been replaced and this is the first time it would have been started in about 4 months. It ran when I did a quick cursory check of it early this past Fall.

Is there any special procedure I need to follow when re-introducing fuel through the system, or anything, other than leaks, to watch or listen for? Aside from running out of gas once I've never had any dealings with an empty fuel tank for either a bike or a car.


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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby D2D » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:27 pm

I'd put a clean fuel filter in line first, then add about a gallon of gas to the tank, flip the petcock to reserve and let the fuel flow into the filter and check for rust before I'd start attempting to start. I'd also open the drain plugs on the carbs and see if there is any old fuel in them and what condition it's in. If they are dry too, chances are the PO drained everything before storage.

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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:41 pm

What D2D said but I would add some sea foam in with the gas just so it will get to the carbs faster and help clean out any varnish that may be in your fuel system and carbs. You may want to let this mixture set in your carbs for a day or so let it work its magic. Hal
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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby seabee_ » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:17 pm

I would contact the PO and asked if he drained it before storing it. If not, it's possible the fuel could have flowed thru the carbs into the cylinders. Pull the oil dipstick and see it level is high or there is smell of fuel. If so, if you start it it could hydro lock. If not sure I would pull plugs and hit starter with kill switch on and see if fuel comes out of plug holes.
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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby youcantoo » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:26 am

D2D wrote:I'd put a clean fuel filter in line first, then add about a gallon of gas to the tank, flip the petcock to reserve and let the fuel flow into the filter and check for rust before I'd start attempting to start. I'd also open the drain plugs on the carbs and see if there is any old fuel in them and what condition it's in. If they are dry too, chances are the PO drained everything before storage.


What reserve position. There is none on the 1200. Not on my 84 or according to the Clymer manual. According to the manual there is either an on or off position. Seeing that they have an electric fuel pump, it would not be necessary to do anyway.

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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby D2D » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:28 am

Perhaps you are right in this case, however there is a petcock assembly made for the GL1200 that does have a reserve.


Honda OEM 16950-371-025 Fuel Petcock (Gas Tap) for GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200 that replaces 16950-371-015. This petcock provides a "reserve" function that did not appear on the now discontinued original GL1200 petcock.
Fuel petcock gas tap Goldwing GL1000 GL1100 GL1200 OEM
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Re: Dry Fuel Tank

Postby BikerNewsman » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:33 pm

Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my question. I truly appreciate the input. This model has the EFI so the carb solutions that apply to most other bikes are not applicable here, however I will definitely replace the fuel filter and after letting some fuel sit in the tank overnight will drain that to see what, if anything, comes out with the fuel. The valve, like most other things on this bike, is original, therefore it does not have a "reserve" position. Perhaps if/when the time comes to replace it I'll change it over to the one described since it appears an original replacement will be hard to come by. This does pose a question however... if there's no reserve tank, then how would a reserve positon on the petcock make any difference???

I'm going tomorrow (Tues) to get some aerosol rust inhibitor for the tank and will let that sit overnight before I put fuel in the tank, then will use some Sea Foam or other fuel system cleaner in the first gallon of fuel I run through the engine. After that, since it's difficult in my area to find non-ethanol fuel, I'll be using the Sta-Bil ethanol treatment unless there's some drawback I'm not aware of. I use it regularly in my truck and have not seen any negative effects. As for contacting the PO about the tank being drained for storage... I wish I could, and would have already done so, but they are on an extended backpacking trip and it's anyone's guess when they'll decide to go into a town and make contact. :(


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