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Ok fellas, on my 1200 I have started to get a water drip from what appears to be in between the front engine cover (large) and the block, right on the very bottom. My buddy Al`s has a small leak in the same spot as does my brothers 1200 also. So thats 3 in my circle of life that I know off, have you guys had the same leak?. And second my choke lever does not stay very well in the choke position it wants to move more towards the run position all by itself. This could be normal and its not an issue im just wondering if you guys 1200s are the same or not?

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My 84 a spy has no drips knock on wood. By water I guess you mean antifreeze? My choke does want to slowly spring back too but works fine
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No leaks on mine.Choke is a bit firm to push, but fine otherwise.

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Don't know about the coolant drip, but with the choke I solved the problem very simply:

I cut a 2.5 cm. piece of thick rubber hose and cut it open creating a kind of open spacer.

Before starting the bike I pull out the choke and put the spacer on the protruding choke cable preventing it from crawling back. This way I can decide when to remove it. You can drill a small hole the end of the rubber spacer and tie it with a fine string to the handle bar so you won't lose it while not in use.
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Coolant could be from hose, etc following to lowest point before falling off ..... or if from where I think you mean, the sign that a new water pump may be in the future.

It's not a hard job, just not a real cheap one. In bike, a few gaskets, a new water pump, and silicate free AF/coolant mixture.

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Ok fellas, on my 1200 I have started to get a water drip from what appears to be in between the front engine cover (large) and the block, right on the very bottom. My buddy Al`s has a small leak in the same spot as does my brothers 1200 also. So thats 3 in my circle of life that I know off, have you guys had the same leak?. And second my choke lever does not stay very well in the choke position it wants to move more towards the run position all by itself. This could be normal and its not an issue im just wondering if you guys 1200s are the same or not?

Thx, Roy.
Three of you at the same time?
The bad news is that you all need new water pumps.
The good news, maybe you can get a better price for three at a time.


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I had a small drip on mine and it turned out to be the overflow hose that ran from the radiator to the reserve tank also the choke on mine does the same thing i usually carry a small pocket knife and when i start it up i wedge it in thr for a while until im ready to ride

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Don't know about the coolant drip, but with the choke I solved the problem very simply:

I cut a 2.5 cm. piece of thick rubber hose and cut it open creating a kind of open spacer.

Before starting the bike I pull out the choke and put the spacer on the protruding choke cable preventing it from crawling back. This way I can decide when to remove it. You can drill a small hole the end of the rubber spacer and tie it with a fine string to the handle bar so you won't lose it while not in use.
With all due respect I have a more simple fix. Just loosen the two Clutch Master Cylinder clamp bolts a turn or two. Push the MC a little closer to the grip pinching the choke lever a little. Tighten up the clamp bolts.

That's what i did on my 85 Aspy and it worked like a charm.

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are you sure this can be done on 1100/1200 as well?
I looked again and the choke lever is located on the hanlebar just in front of the speedometer(GL1100), and there is nowhere near something it can be pinched against.
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are you sure this can be done on 1100/1200 as well?
I looked again and the choke lever is located on the hanlebar just in front of the speedometer(GL1100), and there is nowhere near something it can be pinched against.
It won't work on the 1000 and 1100 but he was asking about the 1200. I've had 3 GL1200's and I used that method to control the friction on 2 of them. The 1200 STD is fine but then I've never had the controls off the bars.

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