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On start up when moving on first gear it starts to like shake just like if you did not give it enough gas

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  • claudeloyer Jul 09, 2010

    also the RPM goes eratic. the rpm goes up and down from .07 to 1.3. I was told that the carb needed to be adjusted equaly and maybe cleaned. can you clarify

    thanks for the help



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In an auto mobile the shake when you start rolling can be associated with a bad universal joint in the drive line. You could center stand the bike and spin the rear wheel by hand to see if this is the issue . You would probably have to buy a shaft assembly to fix that type of problem. I think you may be dealing with fuel issue probably related to two different things. Early GL1000's need to have the carb tops removed and cleaned at least once a year so the pistons do not stick. This will stop erratic behavior of the bike especially during take off . The other issue that can cause poor take off is ethanol fuel. Early wings prefer no ethanol fuel . The shake or noise is often pre-ignition/knocking/pinging/shaking caused by the fuel burning to soon and too lean. It can also cause you to turn up the idle so it does not stall when at a stop light. No ethanol fuel will cause you to have to turn down the idle or it will be idling too fast to shift in first gear. Again this is more common with the GL1000 but may also affect the GL1100.Remember the bikes were designed to run on 96 octane of real gas. Fortunately the GL1000 will run on 91 octane no ethanol. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

Testimonial: "thanks it might be very helpful since i m taking the carb off for cleaning on monday. hope it was the only problem"


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