1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America


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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by KarlJanisse » Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:24 pm



landisr wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:50 am
KarlJanisse: How is it going? Any progress?

Ron
Hey Ron! And every other helpful person on this forum. Here is an update:

I've run some carb cleaner through it, and tried draining the bowls on carbs 2+4. I've long known than carb 4 was a little limp but as my posters have suggested that may have gotten worse. My fuel mileage has increased slightly (up to 22mpg) but not back to where it was.

Something I didn't previously consider may be affecting this performance beyond what is likely a stuck float pin as well - I am climbing in altitude at the moment. When I was getting 30mpg I was sitting at 150ft ASL now I am just shy of 5500ft ASL and I'm still making my way up. A longtime classics owner (and fellow GL owner) told me it could be wise to re-jet my carbs for around 5000ft as I plan to stay in the 2000-8000ft zone for a little while.

That said, while I have some rudimentary understanding of carb work, and have read docs on Randakks and other sites, I am a bit weary to attempt a disassembly, cleaning or rejetting on my own where I am not anywhere I can stay put in a clean and dry place for a day or two with all the right tools. Originally I had planned to put this work ahead of me in San Diego at around the 7000 mile mark. But with the fuel mileage suffering so much I am concerned with my travel time between stations right now. I am having to reroute at the moment to avoid a planned 120 mile gap between stations as I simply may not be able to make it with a heavy headwind, even whilst carrying a spare gallon on my luggage rack.

Thanks again for all the advice and help guys. And the kind words about my journey and my dad 🙏🏼



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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:05 am

44k on the clock and 44 years old. Theres your problem mister.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by KarlJanisse » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am

Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:05 am
44k on the clock and 44 years old. Theres your problem mister.
What do you mean?

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by pidjones » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:22 pm

KarlJanisse wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am
Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:05 am
44k on the clock and 44 years old. Theres your problem mister.
What do you mean?
I think he is indicating that it is old, and things go wrong with old bikes. What the mileage has to do with it, I don't know.

BTW, I still suggest pulling the plugs for better diagnosis. Spark plugs have long been a solid diagnostic aid for gasoline engines.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by Soupcat 1920 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:49 am

I would suspect a sticking float /float needle. Pull the plug wires off one at a time while the engine is running. If you pull one and it doesn’t change the way the engine is running that’s a problem cylinder. You could try tapping on the associated carburetor to loosen it up. Also , I like sea foam as a fuel system cleaner. Never had a problem with it. Good luck.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:28 am

KarlJanisse wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:21 am
Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:05 am
44k on the clock and 44 years old. Theres your problem mister.
What do you mean?
He means the worst thing you can do to these bikes is let them sit and not be ridden. Corrosion sets in, seals harden. The fact that this bike has an average of only 1000 miles per year over 44 years means that it has sat without being ridden for long stretches of time.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by dingdong » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:39 am

Haven't heard from you in a while. How is the bike doing?

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by KarlJanisse » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:07 am

dingdong wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:39 am
Haven't heard from you in a while. How is the bike doing?
Hey guys - here is an update:

Brought the bike into a shop in El Paso, Texas and completed a valve adjust and checked for dragging brakes (which there were). The bike is running a bit better now and I'm noticing that I may be suffering from terrible wind drag/feedback on my rear wheel that is causing the misfiring and the back wheel is being pulled back by some intense winds.

Last night I hit 10,000km just outside of Tucson, Arizona and my clutch cable snapped :lol: so now I'm calling shops in the area to try and find a replacement.

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by wingingit2 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:43 am

I'm in Hereford and have a few used ones, up for grabs, if you can't find a new one.
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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by KarlJanisse » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:08 pm

wingingit2 wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:43 am
I'm in Hereford and have a few used ones, up for grabs, if you can't find a new one.
PM'd you - I'm literally in Hereford for the next hour if you are around?

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Re: 1976 GL1000 - A Soul's Journey - Ride Across America

Post by wingingit2 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:09 pm

I hope I didn't miss you!!


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