I recently purchased a 76 GL1000 with 18K miles. It is a little hard to start but seems to run well, although it won't idle well, and the temp guage quickly moves off the chart but the cooling fans won't run...where should I start?
check the fuse box. if the bike is been sitting a lot those old fuses may have need some contact cleaner. after that, connect the fan directly to battery and see if it runs. if it does is then the thermoswitch.
Welcome GL Joe to a great forum. I'm sure you will enjoy the knowledge from this site and hope that you would maybe put in the area you live in, as you may have a member next door to you. The best in the New Year to you and yours. Doug.