84 GL1200 I throttle


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HankJr
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84 GL1200 I throttle

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What’s going on boys. Just picked up a GL1200 last week. Drained the gas, replaced spark plugs and battery and she starts great. The throttle is super sticky. I roll on the throttle and it doesn’t want to snap back it kinda just stays there. Also. It idles around 1400 RPM. Any ideas?? Can’t wait to ride this old pig. BTW pick it up for $500. Why are people just giving these awesome bikes away


joecoolsuncle
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throttle lock partially on?
HankJr
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I don’t think so it seems free. When I put the lock on it works well. It just feels sticky.
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Start with your basics. Lubing up the throttle cable would be my first thought since that's pretty much common to all bikes. Next I'd disconnect the fuel line and try working the linkage back and forth to see if the problem is there, if so a can of carb cleaner would help get the gunk off the linkage.
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HankJr wrote: Tue Dec 14, 2021 12:01 pm Why are people just giving these awesome bikes away
Probably because it's 37 years old. Too old to be a modern bike, but not old enough to be a collector's item, yet. All things have their price curve. This is the bottom for those. I remember all the cheap old cars that I bought when I was young. I would be set for life if I had kept them all.
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thanks for the help guys. The cable was dry. she is snappy now. These old bikes are so not to bad to work on.
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All my bikes are 30+ years old. I try to ride year round so keeping the cables lubed and fluids fresh are important in maintaining a classic. The bonus is lifetime collector vehicle plates 🤔😍. Besides, retro is big right now.

I've had good luck with Teflon lube spray keeping my cables nice and smooth. Typically, when I get a bike that hasn't seen the light of day for many years, cables, brakes, and electrical connections are frozen and must be cleaned or replaced.
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Re: 84 GL1200 I throttle

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Glad you got it freely moving. On my 87 when I first got it it was not snapping back at all. My problem was that the adjusters at the throttle were too tight. I re-adjusted them a bit and it started snapping back right away. I did lube them as well because you never know what the PO did. I lube them every year.

Just posting this in case at some point you have a problem with the snappy return in the future. The cables do stretch a bit after a while, and they occasionally need re-adjusting.

Happy New Year and safe riding.


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