Bike barely idles


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Schwindt84aspen
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Bike barely idles

Postby Schwindt84aspen » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:44 am



Ok, so this bike has been sitting for about 6 years. I have bypassed the fuel tank because of rust for the time being. ( I'm just trying to get it to run). It cranks over but will not start. When it does, I have to hold the choke tight and it only idles, rough to say the least. And very rich. Any input from the throttle and it dies. Now if I remove the air cleaner and poor gas directly into the carb housing I can't get it to start and rev up. But then dies after that gas is used. Any suggestions would be great. I inherited this bike from my only uncle and I need to get it running and on the road as a promise I made to him. Also, where in the heck is everyone getting parts at for these bikes to keep them on the road. I can not find any sites that still carry parts for these old bikes



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Aussie81Interstate
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:40 am

You need to strip and clean the carbs - pretty sure they are gummed up and will need an extra good clean up.

When you have done that see how it runs..

Schwindt84aspen
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Schwindt84aspen » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:03 am

Now would you suggest that I try to run Seafoam into the carbs before I pull them completely apart and see if that doesn't clear things up. Or go straight for pulling the carbs apart.

Rusty Bike
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Rusty Bike » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:13 pm

Don't bother with the Sea Foam, those carbs are a mess, tear it down and rebuild carbs. 6 years setting, you have a lot to do. Study this site, buy every manual and good luck...Rusty

Schwindt84aspen
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Schwindt84aspen » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:18 pm

Yeah. I have read a lot of post on here. I didn't want to double post an issue and I found a lot of information already. Do you know of any web sites that still offer parts for these 84 gl1200. Or any yards that ship parts.

Rusty Bike
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Rusty Bike » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:11 pm

Ebay, but you gota be careful. Know what you want and do some research before pulling the trigger. There is a fair amount of junk on there but it is a good resource if you are patent...Rusty

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julimike54
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby julimike54 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:26 am

Honda still sells some parts for the Wings, I use Western Honda (.com), because the parts normally are not on the local shops shelf. Straight Wings sells good used parts that are from bikes they have stripped, every thing they sell they say works (they are on the web).

Clean the carbs, ie. rebuild! This would be a do it yourself, or send them off to a company to rebuild them for you (parts Randak) (rebuild Pistol Pete or Mike Nixon).

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Rednaxs60
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Re: Bike barely idles

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:34 am

Parts are an issue so you have to be inventive sometimes. Scour the parts fiche for the different years and you may find a suitable substitute. Honda parts fiche is good in that it gives you information such that you can use other sources. This is especially true with seals and bearings. I have gone through a lot of old threads/posts and found information as well. Takes a lot of "data mining" but it's worth it. I also phone places across Canada and have been successful as well.

Good luck.


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