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I have a 85 GL 1200 the other mornining it was cool about 50 went to start the bike it cranked over about 3 times then the starter spun free let it stop and tryed again she fired right up.Since that time it has done the same thing a few other times warm and cold it has also spun without engaging a time or 2. I guess the long and short of it is my starter going or the bendix and how difficult is it to change out?I am handy with a wrench altho bike's are not myfirst choice iprefer atruck then cars and then bike's. They seem to need some one with hands the size of a 8 year old to work on them.
 

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My GL1100 does that sometimes in the cold... There is answers to this in FAQS Forum...

In all likelyhood, your starter is fine...

If lot of cold weather starting, switching to 1 grade lighter oil is the most common suggestion...
 

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Hello Long Shot, In cold weather with 10-40 oil you may get it once in a while. Folks here have said it may however be a tale tale sign of a prob sometime in the future. I bet if you change to a lighter oil, or wait till a warmer day it may go away. At least mine has, and I have read similar posts here before. BTW, I'm from Stockton/Woodston area and have a friend, Chuck Look living in Norton. I rode my New 78 home from Stockton last summer.. Welcome to this great forum.:waving:
 

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Also try some Seafoam in the crankcase. Add per instructions on the can and run it for about 200 miles just before your next oil change. It'll clean out a lot of the varnish buildup in the engine and on the clutch assembly.
 

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Bagmaster has good advise. My bike does it sometimes when cold, or if the oil is getting time to change.(dirty) Flush engine with seafoam......... may take a couple-three applications to get cleaned out. Keep flushing and draining every couple hundred miles until oil comes out clean. It should help. A thinner oil when cold as stated will help too.
 

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Thanks for the input i just did the after winter sevice so i'll wait for warmer weather.I like the sea foam idea and will try it when i get closer to the next service.
 
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