Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Model: 1989 GL1500, 1982 GL1100
GL1100 fuel petcock question
Riding along and the tank is low. The engine splutters. I switch to reserve. We splutter some more. The engine dies.
I'm sitting on the side of the road wondering if I had already been on reserve and now have an empty tank. Check for gas and there is some still in there - deep in there.
I am fairly confident that with the petcock tab point up, that I am on reserve. Second guessing myself. Press the starter. Doesn't fire. Wait, try again. Same result. Wait a while longer. Try again. Battery is getting tired. I'm getting worried. Wait a while longer. Try again. She fires! I make it to the nearest gas station and fill up.
Today, I had the same scenario. This time, I was close to home so that when she fired up, I made a dash for home to check things out.
I turned the fuel off and removed the line from the petcock. Turned it to 'ON' and nothing came out. Turned it to 'RES' and still nothing came out. (Gas cap off the tank) Added a couple of litres to the tank. Same result.
connected a tube to the petcock and blew into it. I hear air blowing into the gas tank when in the 'ON' position. I hear bubbles when I switch to the 'RES' position. I put on a longer tube and sucked, and sure enough, I was able to suck gas through the petcock.
I would have though that gas should flow by gravity when there is gas in the tank and I switch to reserve.
Does anyone know if this is normal?
Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer. George Santayana.