Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )


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Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )

Postby SilverDave » Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:12 pm



I have a Gl1200 with re-built and totally cleaned carbs, and head gaskets ... It runs like a charm , when warmed up...
After the rebuild, it has needed a full choke to start ... and all that's OK ...
but ....
The choke lever needs to be actually held down at "open " for about a minute ...
If not it slowly slides back and stalls the engine , until its warmed up to one bar .

I do have two working hands( now) so its not that much of a hassle to hold it fully open , while I put on a glove .... but ...

Is there a simple way to add just a bit more " Friction " to the choke lever / cable system....so it will stay "open " for just a few minutes ??

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Re: Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )

Postby Mooseman » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:11 pm

If you loosen the clutch mount to the handle bars you can move it closer and tighter towards the switch mount and kind of pinch the choke lever enough to hold. May have to loosen the switch housing also to tighten that space up and create enough friction to maintain the choke lever. I had the same problem on mine but that was over 4 years ago. That's how I did it.
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Re: Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )

Postby SilverDave » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:11 pm

So cool !! Thank you Mooseman ... I just love easy fixes like that :

Using a 5 mm Allen hex key, just loosen one of the clutch housing bolts,
tap it ever so gently with a rubber mallet ( or maybe just your fist !)...
in order to slide the clutch handle housing outwards( towards the handgrip )... maybe a 1/4 of a mm or less...
and tighten up the loosened bolt .... PERFECT !!!

Choke now sits where I put it !!
I suppose if I wanted to fiddle with it a bit, I could set it so it crept sloooowwwwly back in as the engine warmed up...


Thanks ever so much !!

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Re: Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )

Postby Mooseman » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:36 pm

Your Welcome..... Glad it worked for you. The only tension is the enricher valve that the choke works, all 4. It doesn't pull off by itself as the engine warms up. It's done manually and as you found out unless loose. I use it when cold till I hit 3rd gear and then it's off. That way I don't forget. Maybe a little longer if its really cold and I have a few stop sings or lights.
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Re: Tightening 1200 Choke lever ( slightly )

Postby wilmo » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:53 pm

Would have been nice if Honda had added a light on the dash that lets you know the choke is on.... After all, on mine there are 3 slots in the dash where they could have put an indicator.




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