85 gl1200 I


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Oldaway20
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85 gl1200 I

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New bike to me. Hasn't been used in a year and a half. So after fresh fuel and new filter. New plugs as well. Not even a sputter. Oh did get a couple sputters after a little fuel in plug port.
Gummed carbs ??? What's the next thing to try.

Similar experiences and solutions are welcome. Battery must be junk too. Get nothing without jumping from my van even though charger says battery is fine.
Thanks.



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If it spins free, check fuel pump is pumping gas.
Clean carbs properly.
New gas filter.

http://www.randakksblog.com/old-school- ... g-methods/

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Thanks.
Turns over great with jump. Smelled fuel after pulling plug but electrode was a little blue.
I'll try fuel pump. If it's carbs, I'm probably out of my league.

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Hoosier Jack
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Get your manual and go down the maintenance list. I have fallen in love with the fuel filter from Randakk. Less than $20 and it can be cleaned out forever. Whatever forever means. Already saved a ton of crap from my carbs.

Pics of your new bike?

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Thanks Jack.
Just put on new filter as a starting point not I'll put the Randakk in memory bank for next time.
Going to tackle fuel pump next. A little intimidated by the carb removal/cleaning bit.
Keeping fingers crossed. I'll post some pics soon. What do you ride and would like to see pics as well. What part of the country are you from? Hoosier probably is a clue.

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You need to test the fuel pump before you start disassembling the thing. There are manuals here to help. I would imagine that it is a mechanical pump, but not sure on the 1200s, someone else will have to chime in on that. If so then just pull the line going into the carb and see if gas s coming out. Obviously you have to catch the gas so the garage, and bike, don't go up in a blaze of fiyah. These carbs get gummed up in a very short time, carbs are carbs. Besides you don't know if the PO cleaned them. I'll bet that the carbs are plugged up and you will need a kit for each one. Let others with 1200s tell you where the most affordable ones can be found.

Here is one how to article: https://axleaddict.com/motorcycles/gold ... r-cleaning

Not as exotic as you might think. Organization is the key. Randakk has a good article as well. I ride an 82 1100 and live in Terre Haute, IN.

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Thanks for the advice. Just heard about seafoam today. Any input ??

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For me sea foam worked wonders, having said that, I did tear them all apart to clean them

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Thanks Fred. Bike hasn't been running in year or so says previous owner. I've not heard run yet. Anxious.

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I'm in the same boat, just bought an 84 that hasn't ran in 4 years, the carbs were a real mess, but if you take your time it isn't that hard, just have to take a lot of pictures and do one carb at a time to avoid mixing the parts, I found a good deal on Ebay for the carb kits, shop around and you'll be fine

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I know that's what I'm gonna have to do. If only I didn't work so much. No time it seems. So a little seafoam and a prayer first.

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there is a nice how-to on YouTube

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I watched a couple. The one that appears to be a CB900 (which I've owned) looks to be the one I'll try, hopefully tommorow.



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