GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!


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GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:10 pm



I took my GL1500 out last night, it was around 30 degrees or so. I was warm, I have some Gerbing's heated gear.

I pulled the bike out of the garage, put the choke on all the way, started it up, it started instantly, as it always does. After a few seconds, I reduced the choke to bring the RPM down.

I finished getting suited up and waiting for the bike to warm up (which did take a bit longer than normal, as it was so cold out). I got on the bike, and noticed the idle was jumping up and down, about every 1 - 1.5 seconds, revving up from idle to about 1000-1500 RPM or so. I cracked the throttle to hold it at around 2,000 rpm, and it still fluctuated - but not as much. I shrugged and wrote it off as "cold air" - maybe it would clear up once it warmed up fully. I set off.

25 minutes later I got off the highway, near my destination. The bike was now idling at 1500 RPM, and still fluctuating. I tried revving to see if it would come back down, but no - it would not idle at below 1500 RPM or so. I spent 5 minutes in traffic like this until I got to my destination. Once I parked, I opened the gas filler door and adjusted the idle back down to a normal 750 RPM or so. However it was still fluctuating a bit.

An hour later, it was time to go home. I started the bike up, and it started fluctuating again just like it was - revving from idle up to 1000-1500 RPM, over and over. I thought; "vacuum leak, brought on by cold weather?" I got on and rode home.

Once I got home, into the garage and got my gear off, I started trying to figure out what was going on. I let it idle, fluctuating up and down, while spraying a bit of starter fluid in and around the area where all the vacuum tubes are, hoping to hear a surge in the engine that would evidence a vacuum leak. No such luck - the engine just kept on fluctuating and surging, up and down.

My wife walked in and asked what was going on. I told her. She asked me one question.

I hit my forehead with my palm, declared myself to be a total idiot, and in two seconds fixed the problem.

Can anyone guess what her question was? :)



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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby Wingnut96 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:20 pm

Well considering that mine does the same thing when I leave the choke partly closed, I'll have to go fer da choke. :mrgreen:

Sure makes you wonder what is wrong with your sled.

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:40 pm

68rsgt0 wrote:Well considering that mine does the same thing when I leave the choke partly closed, I'll have to go fer da choke. :mrgreen:

Sure makes you wonder what is wrong with your sled.


You got it. She walked in, looked at me with my hands up under the skirt of my bike reaching into the innards, bike surging, and says, "did you leave the choke on?"

Apparently she's done it before too, and her bike does the same thing.

So I closed the choke, adjusted the idle back up from the barely-running 250 RPM it dipped down to, and all was well in the world. :)

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby Head » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:55 pm

Did she say, like my wife Heres your sign! They can always come up with the obvious at times.
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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby vtxcandyred » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:23 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
68rsgt0 wrote:Well considering that mine does the same thing when I leave the choke partly closed, I'll have to go fer da choke. :mrgreen:

Sure makes you wonder what is wrong with your sled.


You got it. She walked in, looked at me with my hands up under the skirt of my bike reaching into the innards, bike surging, and says, "did you leave the choke on?"

Apparently she's done it before too, and her bike does the same thing.

So I closed the choke, adjusted the idle back up from the barely-running 250 RPM it dipped down to, and all was well in the world. :)

I got nervous for a second there.

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:36 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
68rsgt0 wrote:Well considering that mine does the same thing when I leave the choke partly closed, I'll have to go fer da choke. :mrgreen:

Sure makes you wonder what is wrong with your sled.


You got it. She walked in, looked at me with my hands up under the skirt of my bike reaching into the innards, bike surging, and says, "did you leave the choke on?"

Apparently she's done it before too, and her bike does the same thing.

So I closed the choke, adjusted the idle back up from the barely-running 250 RPM it dipped down to, and all was well in the world. :)

I got nervous for a second there.


Well it does kind of seem like that, doesn't it? Remove all the side engine covers, reach up under there into the workings... :)

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby emtpcc » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:53 am

Well dang women, think they know everything! ;)

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby rndvanderbilt » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:56 pm

Her question was "Did you leave the choke on?" Yes?
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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:14 pm

rndvanderbilt wrote:Her question was "Did you leave the choke on?" Yes?


Yep!

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby Sempai » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:21 pm

Well, no doubt about it...I'd much rather have a retarded idiot moment than an actual problem with the bike.
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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby tek8550 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:29 am

I had the same problem on my 88. It took me three days to find the problem.Had her almost stripped naked checking for vac. leaks before I found it. When I ziptied the wires leading to the switch for my aux. lights, I also got around the choke cable. Made me feel like an idoit. What I thought was a serious problem, was nothing but inattention to detail. Lucky for me, my wife didn't find it.

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby keithg64 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:43 pm

My wife has all the answers, just ask her. I still love her. She has to deal with me.
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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:27 am

While slipping on gravel and almost dropping my 'new to me 1500' , my beloved yells loud enough for the neighbors to hear.......That things got a reverse doesn't it ?????

It's amazing what you can come up with..
I calmly said..yea..I was just trying to see if I could do it this way first.. I don't want to wear out the "mo-back"button.. :roll:

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:56 am

virgilmobile wrote:While slipping on gravel and almost dropping my 'new to me 1500' , my beloved yells loud enough for the neighbors to hear.......That things got a reverse doesn't it ?????

It's amazing what you can come up with..
I calmly said..yea..I was just trying to see if I could do it this way first.. I don't want to wear out the "mo-back"button.. :roll:


So many times on my 1100 I thought; "I wish this thing had a reverse!"

Now that I have it...I've used it three times, and all three times I didn't REALLY need to use it. :)

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Re: GL1500 - learning the hard way, my wife had the answer!

Postby ka4yqi » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:33 pm

But aint it fun to be able to use it even if you didnt need it? Sometimes I use it just to see what they will say.




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