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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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1985 GL1200 Runs On Starter Fluid Then Dies

Hi guys I have a 1985 GL1200 that im working on the bike has sat for a six weeks so drained the tank put new gas in it, installed a new car fuel pump, and took out the old ratty air filter it was bad. The bike will start and run if Im spraying carb fluid in it but once I stop spraying the engine eventually sputters and stops. Can someone give me advice on what I should do in order to keep the bike running on gasonline lol instead of the starter fulid?
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First off, are you getting gas all the way to the carbs? Crack open the bowl drains on the bottom of each carb. Does gas come out?

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If you're trying to run it without the air filter you've found the problem.
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Yea the other air filter had a rats nest in it so im ordering a new one and going to clean all the carbs, clean the hoses and hopefully that will get the bike back up and running.
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You did open the petcock on left side of tank?

Just a thought, otherwise sounds like no fuel getting through carbs ... are you just starting on idle or are you opening throttle?


My guess, gummed up carbs.

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Guys I messed up this bike is a fuel injected bike no carbs right? ok below is what I have done so far.

Hi guys don't laugh but just figured out that my 1985 fuel injected bike doesn't have carbs after I set out this morning all ready to take them off and clean them, so im seeking help in figuring out what I can do in order to get this bike running. First all the fairings , radio etc are off the bike and yesterday i took off the rat infested air breather and sprayed starting fluid where the breather was and the bike started right up.

My problem is when it doesnt have starter fluid the bike wont run, I checked the fuel pump and it is working and yes checked all fuses and yes my on off switch is set to on. Any ideas on why it wont run? ........thanks Todd
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First off, are you getting gas all the way to the carbs? Crack open the bowl drains on the bottom of each carb. Does gas come out?


I thought this 1985 1200 had carbs only to figure out its a fuel injected bike so no carbs right?
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Please update your profile to include the correct year and model of bike. And put a city in there while you're at it.
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Then once we know what kind of motorcycle we are dealing with, maybe we can give you more helpful answers.

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My problem is when it doesnt have starter fluid the bike wont run, I checked the fuel pump and it is working and yes checked all fuses and yes my on off switch is set to on. Any ideas on why it wont run? ........thanks Todd

Are you sure the fuel pump is working and putting out proper pressure? Not looking at the manual but most EFI runs at 40 psi or so. If it has the signals to run the ignition the fuel injection should work also. And quit running it on starting fluid before you ruin the engine.
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And quit running it on starting fluid before you ruin the engine.
Since it's FI, check the codes on the ECM FIRST.
The fuel pump should run by simply turning the key on. It should stop after @ 3 seconds or so. Dave is correct. FI pumps should be able to produce 40psi plus. If your pump is running, the injectors are not operating. You can check the injectors by stethoscope while cranking, or, with the engine stopped, and the key ON, quickly snapping the throttle should cause them to "click" momentarily. Check the codes first. I said that twice, it must be important.

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