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With bike parking season coming in the great white north, I'm thinking of do a bit of preventative maintenance over the winter. I have a GL1200a 1985, that runs great, but has a few quirks I'd like to deal with:



a) If it sits too long (3-7 days) with the fuel petcock on, the left front cylinder gets a bunch of gas it in, forming a hydraulic lock when you go to start it.

b)There's a new noise in the front end, that could be a wind noise, or a wheel bearing, or brake pads rubbing. Bearing area is cool to touch though, and I have some brake pad left. Also though it could be the bearings in either the water pump or the idler pulleys on the timing belt.



Anyway, I was thinking to cure problem (a), to pull the carbs this winter and redo all the rubber bits and new jets etc. (probably not me though - never done carb work before). I might just pull the carb and get someone to do it. I hate to mess with it otherwise though, because it runs really well.



For problem (b), I thought for the cost of it, I might change the front brake pads and wheel bearings.



I need new tires soon, so I was thinking of pulling both wheels, and getting them changed over winter. I thought while they're off, could do the rear bearings, the rear pads, the fork oil, and maybe the steering head bearings.



With a bike this old (though only 57K km) do these sound like sensible things to do? The whole cost wouldn't be too high, but it would give me a little peace of mind next year - and some wrench time on my baby too.



Thoughts? (especially on the carbs - do I risk screwing up good carbs?)



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if you need carb parts... http://www.randakks.com is the place.. for the float valves only at the dealer. jets can be reused, carbs are no big deal, well it may look very complicated, but once you have them on the bench, its easy cake. just do one by one and use the others as reference in case you dont remember where things go.

about the front end noise. give a better description. will it go away if you gently push the brakes? if its only while driving its wheel related, if it happens at idle, then its the engine.
 

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It only happens while driving, and doesn't seem to be RPM related, so I agree - seems more like wheel related. Also thought that it started just after I removed and replaced some fairing panels a few weeks back. I thought maybe I changed something in there, and it's a wind noise related to that. It's not very loud, but just bugs me, cause it's new. I think it gets louder when I hit a head-wind gust, but not totally sure.



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Would be a great time for that single carburetor conversion...
 

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Frank vH wrote:
With bike parking season coming in the great white north, I'm thinking of do a bit of preventative maintenance over the winter. I have a GL1200a 1985, that runs great, but has a few quirks I'd like to deal with:

a) If it sits too long (3-7 days) with the fuel petcock on, the left front cylinder gets a bunch of gas it in, forming a hydraulic lock when you go to start it.
Honestly, my solution to this would be not to leave it sitting with the petcock on. :)
 

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If the carbs were ok, I would not mes with them. I have petchock I will ggive you if you PM me and send me your address. It come off my 90 GL1100 Parts Bike. I do not know if it leks now or not, bit It never did before I tore it down. as for the Front Wheels, I'd chech/replace the bearings, and aoso change out the spark plug wires. Get some Good Resistor Wires from NAPA, cut them down, and install them.
For my winter season, I'm spendoing time on my 83 Aspy, and I am goiing to replace anything that I can find that has a problem, or something I do not know about. First were the Belts, The P/O had put on the right Head Gasket, so I put tje left on, drained the oil, and had coolant in it, and I am now in the middle process on installing a water pump. One on it was shot. I just got through flushing the engine and Radiator. New fluids on everything, and start a log like my 80.I am going to put nitrogen in my tires. (Run it in my 80, and never have to check my air) Gonna go through my brake system, and repair my faring, and tighten my Mirrors. also, Tighten any loose parts bolts, and give the engine a good cleaning.
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