Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Model: GL1200 Interstate
Some questions on my 86 1200 restoration. Trying to diagnose a few issues.
Ya'll have been more than helpful with my project of getting my 86 1200 up and running, and she is, and shes running pretty decent except I have a few questions for you guys.
1) The shift lever is a little too high for my liking, is there an easy way to raise it? It looks like it's way back and behind the exhaust headers. Do I have to remove anything to get to it?
2) I need to have my choke on almost full for a good 5 minutes, before I can take it off and get it to idle at 900rpm. However when riding, the throttle is pretty choppy, it's been getting better, but it takes a second to respond to input, and takes a second to respond when I let off. It's most noticeable when changing gears. When I shift up, and give it gas, it takes a second to respond, and then jumps forward and starts accelerating, how can I smooth out my throttle? I have not sync'd them, as I don't have an item to do this.
I'm going to order some new air intake orings, and try and replace my air return under the carb (anyone have a good place to order a rebuild for it? In general any tips from anyone on getting it running smoothly with no issues? I've had the carbs off twice, and rebuilt it with a rebuild kit.
3) My temp gauge works perfectly, and works intune with my radiator fan, BUT my gas gauge does not work at all, the needle goes to empty when the bike is off, but when on, with a full fresh tank, it sits in the white just above the red E, how can I diagnose this issue? This is literally the only non working item on the bike, every turn signal, every bulb, every latch, every lock, everything else works including the clarion fm/am cassette player.
4) A huge issue - when I hit the front brake, even at a rolling speed, the forks dive down like nuts, I'd venture to say there's probably no fluid in it, I'm trying not to do a rebuild of them unless necessary to save money, so I might try just putting new fluid in first. Does anyone have a method, or good guide on how to put in fork oil without it dumping all over the garage?
Thank you guys