Good afternoon. I am a long time Gold Wing owner, and have a 'situation.' I became disabled after being injured while flying with the U.S. Coast Guard. I have rehabbed enough to be able to ride, but my 1994 Aspencade has been sitting for a couple years without being ridden or started. I've tried the gas additive hoping to get the sticky junk unstuck, but I'm now in need of real maintenence for my bike. I am not able to tackle it myself anymore, though I wish I could. Is there a Wing riderin the Seattle/Issaquah/North Bend corridor that might recommend someone? When I first moved here from my last duty station in Sacramento, CA I tried I-90 Motorsports, but the bike just didn't really run smoothly, so I was hoping for two things; I was hoping not to have to spend another thousand dollars to get it running, and I was hoping to help someone who needed the work. I so appreciate any assistance you might offer. This site is such a gold mine!
As I recall, I used SeaFoam, and in a 'generous' concentration. You know, try the directions first and then give it a little bonus. While I was able to get it home from the storage unit, it was either full on or wanted to die. I celebrated having it home, but it sure is agonizing not being able to ride it. Kind of like when I grew up in Wisconsin getting a bicycle for Christmas and then waiting for the weather to break. Forehead pressed against the window < okay, its a fivehead now, but back then it was a forehead '8)>
Greetings from Alabama! Change the oil, I would try contuining using the seafoam through a few tanks of 93 Octane fuel and ride it on the interstate at around 70 as long as I could. A set of new plugs would probably help along with a new fuel filter. Make sure your timing belts have not cracked over the years. That would be an expensive OUCH.
There are some members here who have used seafoam directly into their fuel lines, bypassing the fuel tank, but I have never done that. Hopefully someone could help you on this.
Nightrider, at this point the bike won't make any power. The last time I tried, it would start, but only stayed running through some serious throttle jockeying. If I tried to put the bike under any power though, like taking off, it would die. Not being a Wing mech, I don't know if that means a sticky jet or what. I just know that it cost me a cool thousand bucks to get it running when I got here to Washington, and one would think I'd have kept it running after that. I took a couple nasty falls though (not on the bike) and wasn't able to start the bike regularly. Now I don't have that thousand bucks to get it running again (I have a son in college now) but I badly want to ride. 'Tis the season here, and I am chomping at the bit! Thank you all who are trying to help me, I so appreciate it. If someone knows a local garage mechanic that does this kind of work, I'd gladly pay him, that way he makes a living and hopefully I don't have to take such a beating on the labor costs. If there is a fix though, like the SeaFoam, I'm happy to try it. Man, I just want to ride! Thanks,
` I would dump in a couple of cans of Sea Foam in the tank, then start that thing and keep jockying the throttle around as much as you can to keep it running a while. After it warms up a little bit, shut it down and let it set overnight.
Next day, do the same procedure again. I am willing to betcha a box of donuts, that will get it to where you can ride it and really clear it out.
Okay, here's the deal; I took Mardonna's advice, and added another can of SeaFoam to the wing. I went and bought yet another new battery (these things are about disposable, no?) and then I started her up. I ran the bike for quite some time, and got her good and warmed up. I ended up with a really smooth running wing, and it was idling like it did when it was brand new! Now that is good news! So, I blipped the throttle a few times and it seemed like it was time to take a ride. So, took an hour ride, and it ended up pretty much like last time. When I would try to take off from a full stop, it wanted to die and die and die. But if I was under acceleration, it ran like the raped ape that it used to be. Sadly, it is hard to keep a bike under acceleration at all times. At some point you have to coast, right? If anyone has ideas I'd love to hear them, Is this a low speed jet or something? Oh - one last thing. If the bike is warm and sitting still, it can sit there and idle with no choke or anything and it is sweet sounding. If you try to take off without revving to about 4500 - 5000 rpms, it is going to die. Hope this helps some to get the symptoms across. If I could get the low speed/low rmp stuff under control, I'd be all set. Thanks, all - I appreciate the help.
I'm headed out now. This is pretty much what it has been doing though. I'll go pick up a fuel filter. Is the vacuum operated shutoff valve a dealer item, or something I should pick up online? I seem to remember hearing at one time that this was a part that was quite spendy at the dealer, but could be had for a decent price online. Thanks all, now we're getting somewhere! (Heck, I had wind in my face yesterday - I KNOW we're getting somewhere.) Thanks again,
That's odd. I know I input that information at some point, but when I looked it sure enough was missing. It has been updated. I live in Washington State, due east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascades. Beautiful country. I appreciate the information on where to get a rebuild kit, and that is on my next order of business.
Well, I took another hour ride this morning. The bike wants to ride at higher rpms, but lower than 2500 rpm and it wants to die under power. Of course, that is just about where one needs to be any time you're not hot rodding, highway riding or hitting the twisties aggressively - like around town '8( Man, I surely do hope I'm not heading for carb rebuilds. Just the thought of peeling all of that candy red skin just gives me nightmares. Current situation: full tank, full complement of SeaFoam, currently we have a high speed only Gold Wing. Thanks,