1500 Gold Wing gas smell


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1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby kboaz2001 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:00 am



When I ride my 1992 Gold Wing 1500, people riding behind me complain of a gasoline smell. I just had the carburetors synced, and change the spark plugs, but I am still getting feedback on the gasoline smell. Any suggestions? :?:



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Re: 1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby dingdong » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:08 am

If those behind you can smell fuel then I would guess the bike is running very rich. One cause could be the choke isn't shutting off completely. You say the carbs were synced. Why? Just because or was there a particular reason? Was anything else done to the carbs at that time? Pull the plugs and see how they are burning. If the carbs are rich the plugs will be black and sooty.
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Re: 1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:23 am

As mentioned, you either have a gas leak, which you would notice when the bike was parked, or you are running very rich. Look at the spark plugs, they should be a nice Tan (Brown) color, if they are black, then you are running rich.. It could also be the tank vent hose not being connected/routed correctly, That might cause some fuel to be sucked out of the vent pipe when you are driving along (I am clutching at straws with this idea!) so you would only smell something when the bike is moving. I have never heard of this but it's the only other thought I had!!

Good luck finding the cause, but I suspect it's your choke circuit.. What sort of MPG do you get?

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Re: 1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby kboaz2001 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:44 pm

I am getting about 25mpg, which I understand is very poor for a Gold Wing. I just bought the bike last year, and have been getting input on the gas smell every time I group ride.

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Re: 1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:31 pm

Given the poor gas mileage and the gas smell, I suspect your choke circuits are not turning off. I think a carb overhaul is in you near future!! :lol:

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Re: 1500 Gold Wing gas smell

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:10 pm

thrasherg wrote:As mentioned, you either have a gas leak, which you would notice when the bike was parked


I've seen a fuel leak on the pressure side (after the pump) that disappeared when it was parked, because there wasn't enough pressure to squirt the fuel out the pinhole. Let the bike idle and see if you can smell fuel around the engine area - but I'd put my money on carb settings/problems.




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