First issue with new "old" bike


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Corkster52
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First issue with new "old" bike

Postby Corkster52 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:30 pm



Okay, been riding my newly purchased 88 GL1500 for over a month without so much as a hiccup, until today. Was coming back from Michigan after purchasing a Hi-Vis jacket and at 75 MPH I started to lose power. It dropped to 65 then 55 and I pulled off to the shoulder. Revved the engine and all sounded fine. Started out again, got to 55 and it happened again. Took an exit and stopped to top off the gas tank. Drove city streets the rest of the way with no issues. Thinking it might be the fuel filter as it seemed to be starving for fuel, I removed it and the inlet side looked like it was full of rust-colored gas. Changed it and added about 4 ounces of Seafoam. Ran it up to 85 on a back road and it all seemed fine. Does this make sense to those of you seasoned riders? Thanks



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Re: First issue with new "old" bike

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:22 pm

I would be looking to drain the gas tank. Sounds like the Previous owner has got water in the gas (probably from being parked up for a while). That usually causes rust and that blocks injectors and filters. I would try and completely drain the tank, save the gas for the lawnmower, and fill the wing with new gas, modern gas has more and more Ethanol in it which absorbs water, so the problem will only get worse for all of us as time goes on!!

Gary

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Re: First issue with new "old" bike

Postby Corkster52 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:47 am

From the number of times I talked to the previous owner, he rode it daily for several years. He needed the money from the sale of the bike to buy a truck, but what you are saying makes sense as the material may have been laying in the bottom of the tank for some time. Come to think of it, even though I have ridden over 150 miles before needing to fill up,I was around 130 and had been "putting on the burners" more than usual on that ride. I will see if I can figure out how to drain the fuel. Thanks

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Re: First issue with new "old" bike

Postby Corkster52 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:05 am

Ran several riding tests yesterday to see if I could get my blue baby to duplicate the behavior. Not only did she take it in stride, the throttle response seemed to be better. I even had a friend ride it to make sure it wasn't wishful thinking. Not sure if was just the filter or the filter combined with the Seafoam I added. BTW, found Seafoam priced at $7.99 a can at Farm and Tractor Supply. Thanks for the feedback!

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Re: First issue with new "old" bike

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:12 pm

You might also want to check the fuel cap. If the vent in the cap is clogged, it won't let air into the tank to replace what is being used, and you'll get similar symptoms. It will be more evident if the tank is full.




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