85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting


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BornBAD928
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85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby BornBAD928 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:08 pm



hi all new here and need help, I have a 1985 Goldwing GL1200L SEI limited anniversary edition, replaced starter now bike turns over like it was a new bike again BUT won't start, I know it is getting fuel since after awhile you can smell it any thoughts anyone all are welcome

quick rundown
1 bike was ran end of last season to get to my house, shut it off and sat until now
2 starter was bad so put in new one yesterday and a new battery bike now turns over perfectly BUT doesn't start, not even a sputter
3 all lights come on, slight dim on trying to start bike everything appears to be working just won't start



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maintainer
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Re: 85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby maintainer » Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:57 pm

Spray a little starting fluid into the air cleaner housing and try it.
It that doesn't get it to at least try to start you have no spark (ignition).
1982 GL 1100 Interstate SOLD
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Re: 85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby tom84std » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:42 pm

Get down to the three basics. Spark, fuel and compression. It was running at one time. Did anything happen? Fuel in the tank and is it pumping? Loosen the pressure side of the pump and slide the hose off. Aim it into a coffee can and watch it pump a few seconds. With all the gasoline cleaned up, pull the plugs, or at least one and lay it against the side of the engine, hold it against the engine with a rag, crank and watch for a spark. Is the handlebar run switch closed? This'll point you into the right direction at least. If you've got compressed air, blow the dirt and debris from around the plugs before you remove them. Avoid dropping dirt into the combustion chambers.

Edit: Maintainer, I typed that post up and walked away, forgetting to hit "submit"
Came back an hour later and hit "submit" and you had posted in the mean time.
Starting fluid could be a good shortcut to avoid pulling plugs. I guess it depends on whether you've got any.

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Re: 85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby redial » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:59 pm

I had a devil of a time trying to start my 250 after I had left some fuel in there for a couple of months without riding. Try some fresh fuel as well.
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Re: 85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby BornBAD928 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:15 am

Thank you all for your replies I think it was bad gas from sitting, after adding new gas it finally fired up

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Re: 85 GL1200L SEI turning over but not starting

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:00 am

Good to read you found your problem. Last time mine wouldn't start, it was because some clown flipped my kill switch to "off" and it took me 5 minutes to figure it out... :-(

BornBAD928 wrote:Thank you all for your replies I think it was bad gas from sitting, after adding new gas it finally fired up


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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