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My 81 Honda gl 1100 was not winterized. Installed new battery. Cranking fine. Wants to start. Smell gas, probably flooded.

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You should drain your gas, gas line, and carbs.
Try putting in some fresh gas and see if it wil fire up.
If not a carb rebuild is more than likely going to be needed.

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