Bike won't start

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Bike won't start

Post by BearWing »

My GL 1500 has been "sitting" in my gararge for almost two years.... I'm trying to get it started again but I'm not having any luck.
I changed the oil, refilled it with new gas, and added a new battery. The bike cranks fine but will not turn over, it almost turned over and started after I added some gas to the plugs, but just refuses to turn over.
Does anybody have any secreat formulas that might help me get it started.?
I'm at my wits end..!

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Re: Bike won't start

Post by DenverWinger »

Sounds like not getting fuel. A couple possibilities:

Test the petcock valve - you can bypass it temporarily to test.

To test fuel pump you can disconnect the fuel line and put a long hose on the pump output. Take a glass jar and raise it up to head height and put that extra gas hose you attached to fuel pump outlet in the jar. Run a jumper wire from the "+" side of battery to the "B" terminal on top of fuel pump mounting plate on top of fuel tank to run the pump. If it fills the jar easily, fuel pump is good. If it has a hard time filling the jar, it's a weak or failed fuel pump.
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Re: Bike won't start

Post by Charlie1Horse »

If it won't turn over you probably have a bad battery, solenoid, or starter. If it won't crank up you probably have a fuel or spark problem. the fuel problem has been described previously but you can take the left side cover off and pull the last spark plug wire off. Then stick another spark plug in the wire and ground the bottom of the plug to the engine and observe if there is spark at the tip of the plug. If you have spark, it is probably a fuel problem. Check the fuel pump and the petcock and the fuel filter. Rebuild kits are available for the petcock.
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