Question about 1984 Honda GL 1200 Aspencade Gold Wing

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Here one for you, it runs smooth, lots of power... It sounds like a John Deere tractor? No leaks in muffler! No one knows...LOL

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Use the "shade tree stethoscope" - a length of 1/4" vinyl tubing with one end in your ear. Use the other end to search the exhaust header and collector areas for the source of the sound.

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