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I have a 1982 GL500 and have the same problem. When it has been sitting for several weeks I have found that if I pull full choke and twist the throttle 10 times it will start on the carb that has the accelerator pump. I usually have to do that 4 or 5 times and then it keeps running. The person I bought this bike from said that after sitting all winter he would remove the 2 screws the carb sync gauges connect to and squirt a couple of squirts of gasoline in the manifold, replace the screws, and it would start right up. I have not needed to try that so I am not sure if it works but it sounds reasonable to me. Billrod
 

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mr. softie,

Do you have the vacuum petcock or no. It sounds like it could be a problem even if it was working properly.
 

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mr. softie,

I think you have probably just solved the problem for most owners. Billrod
 
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