1985 GL1200 "quites for no reason"

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1985 GL1200 "quites for no reason"

Post by roc_spence » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:57 am

I have a very intermittant problem. My bike runs great.. then just quites for no reason. I have no spark or power to the fule pump. Everything else electrical seems to work well... lights, horn etc. I leave it for a few minutes.. starts right uo and runs again...sometimes for the rest of the day... other time quites again a few times. Seems to happen more after is has run for a while and then shut off...but not always. I have chaged out the CDI box, coils, ignition switch, kill switch, new battery...almost everything I can think of.... nothing solves the problem yet. I have not changed the pusle generators... someone said to have both of them quit ( are there really 2 ) at the same time was veery unlikely...
HELP... any ideas??

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Re: 1985 GL1200 "quites for no reason"

Post by tricky » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:37 am

That is a symptom of the pulse generators.

When they are cool they are fine but when heated they will fail.

Given those symptoms those should have been the first thing to change.

They can also cause mis-firing etc.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 "quites for no reason"

Post by ekcyclerepair » Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:22 am

I agree with Tricky. This is a fairly common problem. Replacing your pulse generators will probably take care of it.


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Re: 1985 GL1200 "quites for no reason"

Post by jkb » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:46 am

I have 1986 GL1200 Aspencade with same intermittent problem described on your 85. Have you replaced pulse generators as suggested by 2 others? Has this taken care of your problem? Anything else you've learned about this problem since you originally posted? Thank you, Jon

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