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My 81 gl 1100 wont hold a charge why pleeeez help

Well if i run it at about 5000 and hold the throttle there and take off the positive cable off the battery it starts to back fire and miss if i leave it on i can ride it about 10 minutes the battery dosent totally die but cant restart untill putting it back on charger i think it is i did not hook up a wire or its a voltage regulator or the alternator or battery if you know pleeeeez help

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Sounds like you battery is shot. Could your battery have been exposed to below freezing weather while not fully charged?? If so you likely froze it this winter and have buckled the plates, If that's a possibility replace it.

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Gl1000 carbs rebuilt, at start up, revs to 3k, wont throttle down, help!!

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Mar 11, 2013 | 1983 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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How do you lube the throttle cables on a 1981 honda goldwing gl 1100. problem is a sticky throttle.


This is a relatively common procedure on many bikes.

1. Remove the screws that clamp the throttle control/switch housing together to gain access to the cable ends. Disconnect the cables from the throttle grip assembly
2. Make a cone of stiff paper and tape it to the end of the cable sheath
3. Hold the cable upright and pour a small amount of thin oil (SAE 10W-30 works fine) into the cone. Work the cable in and out of the sheath for several minutes to help the oil work its way down to the end of the cable.
4. Remove the cone and reconnect the throttle cables, and control/switch housing, and adjust the cables.

That's all there is to it.

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How to change the antifreeze on 81 goldwing gl 1100

pull the return line on the radiator and start the engine. idle at about 1200 rpm til the antifreeze starts trickling out slowly. start adding antifreeze mixture til it starts spraying out at force. stop the motor and top up the tank. close the radiator, run the motor for a minute, then check again, and add or subtract whatever is necessary

Dec 21, 2010 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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What is the recommended tire pressures for an '81 1100 Interstate Goldwing?

the reccomended tire pressure is written on the side of the wheel, it should be close the valve stem .

Aug 13, 2010 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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How do you remove the carburetor on a 1983 Honda GL 1100 Interstate Gold Wing

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May 08, 2010 | 1983 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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How to change throttle cable on a 1974 ts185 suzuki , 1974 not an 81

remove the top of the carburetor and slide pull the spring up compress it hold it inside the slide there is a plate remove it release the spring hold the cable push the carb slide up to the cap the cable end will push out look under the slide you will see the slot the cable end sits in its sloted to remove this position the end to the large side side and remove the slide,spring and cap pay attention to the routing of the cable then remove the cable from the throttle assembly at the handlebar nothing complicated there reverse the process with the new cable

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Can't remember how the throttle housing went back together. Is there an exploded diagram for the 81 GL Interstate throttle?

You should be able to go to and look up your bike. It will give you an exploded diagram of the throttle like you need.

Jul 17, 2009 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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81 gl 1100 won't start

Check the alternator brushes.

May 28, 2009 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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My honda vf 1100 honda wont start after riding,is there a charging problem ? Thanks

Chances are, YES.

Simple chraging system test:
Start motorcycle
Turn HIGH BEAM light ON
Run 10 minutes or until warmed up good
Rev the RPMs to at least 3,000
Remove the positive battery cable

If the motorcycle dies, then there IS a charging sytem failure.
If the motorcycle continues to run, have the battery checked at a local parts store. If they do not know the Cold Cranking amps tell them 235.

If it is a charging system failure, send another question and I can walk you through diagnoses and repair.

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