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Need some guidance from my GW brethren. Getting bike ( 1981 GL 1100S)ready for Floridas' prime riding season ( late fall, winter, early spring). Battery would only click the solenoid. It was 4 years old and wouldn't take a full charge, so I replaced it. New battery clicked solenoid louder, starter seemed to be bound up, finally started to spin and bike started. Exhaust was full of fuel. When it spit it all out, ran fine. Some background; this bike has always been finicky when stone cold. Won't tolerate ANY choke and very little fuel or it will flood. Once it starts and warms up, always runs fine. I am a carburation idiot, but any input would be appreciated. Planning on running some Seafoam thru it. That's the extent of my fuel system capabilities.
 

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Your floats are sticking open and allowing gas to get into the cylinders while sitting. Shut the petcock off while it is sitting. If bad enough you can get hydrolock(do a forum search). Not good. Bent rods and or valves are costly.
Have you replaced the fuel filter yearly? Napa #3011 @ $5.
Seafoam may help, put a can in a fresh tank of gas, ride 10-15 miles twisties (LOL in FL) go home, idle for 15 minutes to get into the idle circuits(watch temp doesn't overheat)
Turn of bike and petcock and park it for a couple days. Then go out for a ride to empty the tank (the fun part!)
If flooding continues you may need to rebuild the carbs.
 

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Thanks, newday. I always close the petcock when it's sitting. Been a bad boy re: fuel filter. Been paranoid about it since reading about the Emgo issue, but not paranoid enough to get off my ass and change it! Will do so ASAP plus the Seafoam regimen. We do have some twisties here in rural central Florida; you just have to know where to look. BTW, if that's Snowshoe in West Virginia in your avatar pic, I've been there.
 

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Yes there are a few 90° corners at section boundaries. I was working in Kissimme for a couple months in '77 and more recently drive my Snowbird mom down to S Tampabay area.

Yup Snowshoe last Nov. @ the 20th on my way back from 13,000 3 1/2 months.

Napa filters are good. Wixs makes them.
 

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Thanks again. Stopping at NAPA store on my way home today.
I ain't much for skiing but I told my buddy who has a condo at Snowshoe that I'd like to come back with my bike. Plenty of twisties around there!
 
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