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Gordwing
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cold starting

Postby Gordwing » Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:21 pm



My bike is in the garage but It's been below freezing and it won't start so I can spray storage oil in thru the carbs. Is there something I can spray into the carbs to help fire it up.

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RBGERSON
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Re: cold starting

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:58 pm

start fluid/ether, gas, propane but be careful with that!!!! a little goes a long way..BOOM!!! 8-)
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NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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HawkeyeGL1200
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Re: cold starting

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:16 pm

My personal preference would be to NOT use ether on a gasoline engine. While it probably won't hurt if used sparingly, it makes me cringe at the thought of using it... A better solution may be to ensure the engine is reasonably warm (space heater or a heat lamp will do it... just don't put either too close) and try it a few times with choke on and gas on until it does start. You probably need to charge up the battery really well on a GL1500, as it is my understanding that a slightly weak battery can keep those bikes from starting at all... you may want to pull the battery, place it on a board on the floor and charge it slowly for a few hours, and the put it back in to start the bike.

Gordwing wrote:My bike is in the garage but It's been below freezing and it won't start so I can spray storage oil in thru the carbs. Is there something I can spray into the carbs to help fire it up.

Gordwing
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Fatwing Chris
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Re: cold starting

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:11 pm

+1 on not using ether/quickstart
Just wait until Sunday.It's supposed to be 16* c
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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gordonv
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
1999 GL1500CF
1982 GL1100A

Re: cold starting

Postby gordonv » Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:16 pm

First, you need a charged battery. Biggest complaint with the GL1500 is that if there is not enough power to turn the starter and power the coils. This is when the bike seems to start just after you let go of the start button, and the bike fires up.

The other thing is the chock (enricher).

My question to you would be how well does the bike usually start when cold? Do you need the chock or not?

I turn the chock on. Crank for a little while. Then if no go, turn the chock half off, and start again.

Most of my problem is because it has been sitting for to long between starts, and the battery is a little low. This is why I'm looking at replacing the battery with a Lithium Iron one. Supposedly a 1% discharge per month.

Gordwing
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Re: cold starting

Postby Gordwing » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:39 am

Thanks for the advice. I decided to spray the storage oil into the spark plug holes to winterize and leave the starting until spring. Checking all kinds of other issues while it's down.

Merry Christmas




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