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1985 1200 aspencade, i sold this bike 18 years ago, bought it back from same needs a lot of work cosmetically,which will be easy enough. my main problem is an inability to tick over,very rough running. i have changed the fuel filter, checked the coils as per the clymer manual, drained the carbs,all to no avail. i need it to be running well before any restoration work begins just to remove any clutter from my brain, thanks, Terry.

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I drove a Goldwing home like that and was mad at myself for not putting the spark plug caps on that I had in my pocket the whole time. Go match up a set of 5000 OHM "NGK" brand spark plug caps and replace all of the old plug caps. They simply unscrew off of the end of the wire. The new caps screw right on. Do not worry about the double rain covers ( they will fit with the NGK plug caps) they really are not necessary. It sounds too simple but I think you will be surprised when this works. You can test the caps with a voltage meter they should read 5000 OHMS no higher or lower. The resisters burn out with time and performance suffers. Let me know how this works for you. The NGK brand plug caps are like the OEM caps (same brand) but they will only cost around $5 each.

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