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Rode mu 83 GL1100I to work the other day. Temps in the low 30's. Worked all day. Went to start the bike to return home the starter spins but the motor doesn't turn over. Pushed the bike got it started and rode it home. Ishut it down and restarted with no problem. Next day I went to use it and it did the same thing.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this type of issue? Also starter is only about 1 1/2 years old.
 

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sounds like the starter pawls are hanging up try some MMO to help clean the internal part of the engine but you must drain some oil out as to not overfill ride it for awhile to lube it up then change your oil and filter
 

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Common issue with lower temps. If you are close to oil change time, you could also put a few ounces of SeaFoam I. The crank case and ride 'er easy for about 50 miles. Change oil. Consider a lighter weight.
 

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Bought my first Gold wing...1980' Naked Gs1100 two days ago. I have a stupid question....how do you get to the fuel lid? I turn the key, but it doesn't open. I don't know if something is wrong or if i am just stupid.

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Bought my first Gold wing...1980' Naked Gs1100 two days ago. I have a stupid question....how do you get to the fuel lid? I turn the key, but it doesn't open. I don't know if something is wrong or if i am just stupid.

Help please.
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sounds like the starter pawls are hanging up try some MMO to help clean the internal part of the engine but you must drain some oil out as to not overfill ride it for awhile to lube it up then change your oil and filter
It's the starter clutch gummed up and or the wrong oil being used. What oil are you using? History of the bike, yours and PO? Mileage on the bike?

As said drain out a qt of oil, replace with qt of MMO, yes it works, ride the bike for 200-300 miles in 1 ride to get good and hot as well as loosen the gunk in the case, go home and immediately, repeat immediately drain out all the Oil while its hot to get the sludge out and change the filter, put in Delo400LE 15w40, Walmart @$13/gal. Many members use it even in Canada year round with many miles of touring. It has proven itself to do the job. I have been using it for over 65,000 miles of use in my 1100 and 1500 and no problems as well as in the bikes I work on for friends. It's a low sulfur diesel oil, some use the Rotella. Your choice. No need for expensive oils in these bikes, Honda designed them to hold up in many rugged conditions, just have to have regular maintenance, 3,000-5,000 miles oil changes. Lots of local short rides requires 3,000 mile changes as the motor doesn't warm up enough to burn out moisture and the oil gets combustion residue in it and causes the gunk to build up.

Do a forum search on starter spinning and not catching. It's the springs and blocks in the starter clutch not engaging.
 
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