Spring start-up issues...


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bubba9710
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Spring start-up issues...

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Hey gang...

Time to pick your brilliant brains. Went to fire up the '81 GL1100 yesterday. Battery was stone dead. So...I boosted off my truck. It started. Ran like garbage. Idled ok but...under any power it bogged heavy, shuddered, and then stalled. Now I am about to admit a cardinal sin - so please be gentle - I didn't ride it hardly at all last summer (major work issues, packing, moving, etc) and it sat all winter with a very small amount of fuel in it. I poured in Sea Foam yesterday. Added premium fuel. Started it but it still ran like junk. I assume a gummed up fuel filter - I bought a new one today and was hoping to run out what was in the lines and then install the new filter.

Prior to doing a fuel filter change, I did an oil change. There was fuel in the crank...heavy flooding is my guess on that. I changed the oil and filter. Switched the fuel feed to "off" to start it and burn the lines clean for the filter switch.

Still with me? I went to boost and...nothing. A click but not a single fire. I am planning to pick up a new battery tomorrow so that I can try starting without boosting.

My end question...which this has all been leading to...is there any chance that I fried something boosting? Lights all go on. Gauges all work. Horn works. Starter clicks. But she doesn't fire. The truck was running and, like when I boost another car, I had someone add some rpms to give "extra juice". Now I worry I have used too much juice. I just don't want to find out that I cooked the old girl, she's been really good to me and I would like to be good back.

Help for the helpless but not hopeless?

Preacher


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Re: Spring start-up issues...

Post by winguyjo »

since your battery is clearly dead, wait and see what happens with a new one installed. in future, when jump starting with an automotive battery, make sure that the booster vehicle is NOT running.
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Pam
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Post by Pam »

Yes wait on the new battery. I have see batteries on lawn mowers etc that were so bad the had to be removed/completely disconnected before the bike/mower would run. They seem to suck up all the voltage being made.
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1978 Kawasaki KZ400 (Jezebel - sold)
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Re: Spring start-up issues...

Post by bubba9710 »

PHEW!!! One new battery later, a new fuel filter, and she’s purring like a kitten!! Gotta love the durability of the Wing. So relieved. Now to get her all cleaned up and rolling along. Thanks all!
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Re: Spring start-up issues...

Post by wezx »

As I posted in another thread and I’ve seen multiple people mention, Goldwings are definitely power hungry on start-up. Just replaced my battery a month ago and it cranked like crazy but would not fire. Put in new battery...started right up.


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