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hey guys, Just Bought an 82 Honda GL500 Silverwing last week. She's a beaut and named her Gloria. But thats not the point, for the first couple of days she ran Optimally. Then it poured yesterday and ever since then shes been idling very odd (not that the rain is the cause, at least I don't think it was). Basically, when I got back on her, I cut her on and she cranked fine however she was idling at around 700. I'd pop her into first gear with and she would cut off, I guess stall out. Eventually I figured out how to turn the idle screw on the bottom of the carburetor. This got me through the rest of the day.

Now, Ill start her up in the morning and she will idle around 850rpm. I would turn the idle screw up to 1100rpm. Then pop into first gear and start her off. I've noticed that I now have to rev the engine a lot higher (somewhere around 4000rpm) in order to engage the clutch without stalling out. This was not the case when I first bought her. Ill take her to school, then park her in the sun all day. When I get back on her at the end of the day and start her off, I'm no longer idling at 1100rpm. But at 4000rpm. Also the choke doesn't seem to make a difference any more. When I pull it out nothing happens.

I've asked around and People have told me to clean the carb and possible check for vacuum leaks. Does anyone have any idea as to what my be causing this? I'm not really knowledgeable with bikes, but I downloaded the service manual and would really like to learn, if at all possible I'd like to fix the issue myself.

Thanks for the help.
 

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I would check for spark on both cylinders and possibly clean the carbs and check for leaks in the carb boots.

Others with more knowledge are sure to chime in soon. Good luck. Ride safe!
 

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Sounds like she was/is running on 1 cylinder. Check for water in the spark plug wells and be sure the drain holes
in the heads are clear.
 
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Have a look at your spark plug boots and in the spark plug wells. Look at the sides of the head for a small hole and make sure it is clear. It is there to drain rain water out of the spark plug well and wasps seem to pack them with mud the world over.

I suspect you're starting up and running on one cylinder.
 

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Yeah, that kinda scared me too!! This is/was my G-Loria that Corey (WiscoKid here) has now. No chance for these problems at all.

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Well looks like I may have to change her name. Wouldn't want to step on any ones toes...
Anyways you guys were spot on with the spark plug and spark plug wells. One of the drainage holes was clogged with red dirt. Cleared it out this morning took her to school and shes back to normal. Gonna get a service done on her this week, just to have a professional look for anything that I may miss, after which I'll probably be changing the fluids myself, once I figure that out.

Another issue I have is that for some reason every time I ride her my shorts end up wet. Just above my upper left knee. Now I've read that these bikes are liquid cooled, so I assume its just condensation from the engine, however I thought I should ask you guys. I don't think it could be the seat because Its been redone and I've tried pushing water out of it and theres nothing.

Any Ideas?
 

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Your bike is Gloria. Joels/Coreys bike is G-loria.

Anyway, you likely have a coolant leak. Look at the rear left of the motor below the carbs where the chrome tube goes in. There are 4 possible culprits right here. Mechanical seal/weephole. chrome tube O ring, pump cover O ring and the thermostat bypass hose on top of the pump cover.
 

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If my shorts get wet it means I have peed my pants.
I ride in ATGATT. All the gear all the time.
Just trying to save myself from pavement rash.
It isn't if you fall it is when you fall.
There are 2 kinds of riders, those that have fallen and those that are going to fall.
 
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Guess you'll have to add depends to the ATGATT:laughing7:
 
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Yeah, us old guys need a lot of support products....depends, Metamucil, prep H, Viagra, hearing aids, eye glasses and so on.
But I am still here wrenching and riding and complaining about my aches and pains.
 
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