Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Anderson, SC, USA
Model: 1984 GL1200 Interstate
New GL1200 Wing owner and a starting problem
Alright so I just bought a 1984 GL1200 Interstate. I rode it on Sunday and it started on the first rotation of the engine and ran great! Rode it around 30 miles and stopped several times and restarted, no issues. The PO told me that when it got really cold outside you had to bump start it and then the starter would work properly the rest of the day.
Well, it was only about 46 degrees fahrenheit today and last night. I had it dropped off last night and STILL cannot get the starter to engage the motor and crank the bike up.
It was running great sunday but here is what happens now that I have it:
I press the start button. The starter just spins freely until it winds down. Nothing happens at all in the motor.
This annoys me because I bought this bike not expecting to have to work on it already...I already own an '84 V65 magna that I have down right now to work on.
Anyways here's what I've done so far: drained the oil and refilled with 5w30 and a quart of marvel mystery oil to clean any gunk out. I tried the starter again after that and it still isn't working. Does it need to sit to push the thick oil out of the starter clutch rollers? How do I get this thing to catch and turn the engine over? All I could think to do at the moment was shake the bike real good with the MMO and fresh oil in it and hoped that a day of sitting would push the thick oil out but I'm at a loss.