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This is a 1984 1200 that will not start and back fires thru the exhaust and carbs

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Hello
Back fire is an indication that the bike is firing incorrectly.
Your timing chain is probably stretched, due to the year.
inproper valve timing due to stretched timing chain will make the bike backfire.

I have other thoughts like stuck valves or inproper sparkplug wires on wrong plug,
i always start with easier and less expensive method.
1st check your sparkplug wires to make sure they are on the right plug.
2nd pull sparkplugs and do compression and leakdown test.
3rd pull componets to see if valves are opening and closing, (valve clearance check)
4th if valves are good, then timing chain is probably stretched.
5th if timing chain and timing marks are good, and valves are good, then proceed to
testing the signal generator to make sure your getting a signal to the cdi,
6th if you have a signal to cdi, the cdi tells which coil to fire. either # 1&4 or # 2&3.
if signal generator is working, but coils aren't firing right then its the cdi.
obviously your coils work because its firing, just back firing.

Thats all it could be from easiest to hardest.
Good luck and have a great weekend.
Big Al

Posted on May 21, 2011

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