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1st prob.went for long ride stopped for about 10minutes bike hesitated like it was tight took it home shut it down would barley start when it did was showing 12 volts on guage let it run for a few minutes didn't seem to charge next day started perfect in a few seconds it went right to 14+ volts and starts fine stator 1 year old batery about same 3 yellow wires solidered.1200 Gl 1984. 2nd problem in neutral put in first gear and with clutch about 1/8 inch from handlebar light netural light comes on release clutch light goes of I should add its a little clunky going into 1rst gear thanks in advance
 

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Sounds like it's time for some Seafoam in the oil for a couple hundred miles and then an oil change.

On the charging issue...sorry but I don't have a clue.
 

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Might also be time to remove and clean or rebuild the starter. :gunhead:
 

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i would go with the Seafoam in the crankcase like Broke suggested it might just free up some things for you. afterr the oil change, come back and tell us how it is. Make sure you change the oil filter also at the oil change, gonna have a lot of junk possibly being freed up in there.

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Are you running with accessories on, such as extra lights or riding mostly at lower RPM? That can drain the battery somewhat faster than it will recharge in some cases.


The clunk into 1st gear when engine is cold seems to be a common thing with many 1200s from what I've seen on this forum. Once warm it doesn't happen, at least on my bikes.

The problem with the neutral light being on may be solved with Seafoam as mentioned. The switch for the neutral light is in oil at all times, so a build up of deposits could effect it. Seafoam is available here in Canada at NAPA or Carquest Auto stores. About $9.50 to $11.00.

You're new here aren't you? Welcome, lots of info here...
 

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Just found my 1 yr old battery almost out of water/acid in the cells. If you haven't checked, probably time.
 

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Yes i am new but greatly apriceate it and hopefully some day can maybe be able to help someone else .
 

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What is seafoam ? Read somewere in anoher poast about it but sounded like it was a fuel addditive .
 

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I have never used it myself but reading here I is gonna get me some.I understand you can use it as a gas additive and/or an oil additive. Does great things for carbs, gummed up whatevers, just an allround handy additive.
Welcome to the forums. I also am a newcomer here and I have gotten lots of help and advice from these good peoples.
 

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it is both, follow directions on can add to oil run about 200 mi. drain oil and change filter also add to fuel works pretty good.:action::waving:
 

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I added Seafoam to the new oil in my crankcse and ran the bike for the 200 miles. I couldn't believe what came out of the oil pan when I pulled the drain plug. The oil was black. After chainging the oil and filter I've put300 miles on the bike since the oil change and the oil still looks it's is new oil.



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Added sea foam to both tank and engine . See what happens.
Also really seems like starter is binding if thats possible.
 
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