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Hi all, I have a 1981 GL 1100, my newest problem is going up high in the mountains, like 1500 m the bike surges and has no power, when I get to sea leavel its 95% better, I have changed the main jets from 145 to 140s, it has helped at sea leavel, the bike runs great but not high up? any help would be great.

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Have you tried using different spark plugs? Sometimes a "hotter" plug can help at high altitudes.
 

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Yes hotter and colder, now I am at stock no.8s , I wonder if the slides are sticking or vac. is not holding properly in the chambers?
 

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Today I took all the carbs slides out and polished them up, no marks on them at all, they slide nice in there chambers, I do not know what else to look for or at?

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Actualy...my experience is there isn't much you can do, it is the nature of the beast,unless you carry bottled oxygen to ram in your carbs. The air is thin and that's just the way it is. My only suggestion is using high octane gas. I've cruised through Rogers Pass in Canada, Beartooth Pass in Wyoming, Mt.McKinnley in the Yukon and the Denali Range in Alaska and my bike has to work hard and sounds horrible cruising the heights. Like I said, high octane gas and a good set of plugs is the best you can do.
 

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High octane will probably help out a lot, but in countries where you just get unleaded is there an additive instead?
 

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When riding at higher altitudes, Honda recommends resetting the pilot screws to the "high altitude" setting. The engine requires less fuel due to the thinner air and makes no mention of changing spark plugs. In essence, you want a leaner mixture up there.Don't forget to re-blance the carbs after setting the pilot screws..
 

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Yikes!!! I thought everyone would have access to high octane. In Canada we usualy have the choice of 3 grades. 88, 90, and depending on which sevice station you're at, 92 to 94 octane. If I pull into a gas station and they haven't at least got 92, I'll find another one. We can also purchase octane boost from service stations or auto part outlets.

Also, I wasn't suggesting to change your plugs just because you're going in the mountains, just always run a good set of plugs, and careful if you're always messing with your carbs. Sounds a little labour intensive if you are having to adjust your carbs and jets a couple of times a day running in and out of the big hills.
 
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