Irecently bought a GL1100 (1981) with 54000 kms on the clock. Should I be concerned that it rattles on tickover but clears when revved? Also if it sits on the side stand overnighr there is a bit of smoke on startup.
smoke is normal.... is the rattle like there is something falling apart toward the rear of the engine? yes that is normal too, it is the primary chain, should go away when the bike warms up and smooths out
Sorry tickover is our strange English way of saying "idle".
I'll checkout the IDLE speed this morning. I'm new to Goldwings and this site but very impressed with the level of help you've all given.
I too am new to the forum and having just purchased my first Wing back in July, the folks here on this Forum have been a wealth of information and always willing to offer assistance.
I have an '81 1100 Interstate and I also have that ticking\rattling sound when I start up and idle but it goes away quickly and then the bike runs just fine. I have never had the carbs synched (yet) and my idle is about 1100 rpm.
Idle should be set at 950 and should run smoothly there, if not something is not right. I can idle mine down to 500 and it still runs smoothly after it's warm. Idling over 1,000 not a good idea IMO.
Parking it on the center stand or putting a small piece of wood 1/2" think under the side stand will reduce oil seepage and the start up smoking. If you use the wood turn the wheel toward the side stand side when parking..so it doesn't want to lean the other way and fall over.
If it's synched, and all cylinders are running right and it rattles something is lose..primary chain most likely but the sound is the key to knowing what. If it goes away as you increase speed and comes back when you slow down even when warm depending on the sound..chain or bearings most likely but there is other stuff that it could be???
If you use a mechanics stethoscope..or a dowel pressed to the engine in various spots you should be able to isolate the sound.
I've increased the idle to 1000rpm (it was set at just below 900rpm)and to my pleasant suprise the rattle has completelly gone. For what reason could increasing the idle speed from 950 to 1000 be detrimental to the bikes performance both mechanically or in use? I tried dropping mine down to 500rpm and it sounded like someone had poured a bucket of bolts into the engine. Has anyone got a suggestion for the best oil to use in my GL's engine and transmission?