How to Troubleshoot a Honda Goldwing GL1200

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How to Troubleshoot a Honda Goldwing GL1200
Honda has a long history in motorcycle racing. (Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

The Honda Goldwing GL1200 is a 1,182cc (cubic cylinder) touring motorcycle first released in 1984 and discontinued by 1988. Hondas are known for their reliability and the Honda Goldwing GL1200 is no exception. However, even the best bikes may encounter some problems. The best way to avoid costly repairs is by performing regular maintenance on the vehicle. A through servicing can help spot trouble before it turns into something costly to repair.

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  1. 1

    Change the oil and replace old fuel with fresh gas. If the bike is coming out of storage there are special fuel additives that can help get the bike back to optimal running condition. These can be purchased from a motorcycle parts supply store and are generally

  2. 2

    Check the battery. If the bike has not been ridden in a while then the battery may have lost its charge. This is especially true if the bike is just being taken out of storage. In fact, it is rare to have a battery hold a charge all winter while in storage -- unless it has a trickle charger.

  3. 3

    Check the spark plugs. It is recommended that the plugs be changed after being taken out from storage. If the bike does not start the issues could be with a faulty spark plug. A spark plug tester can be purchased at any motorcycle/car parts supply store for less than £6 as of February 2011. It is a handy tool to have around. Make sure there is no debris or corrosion on the plug.

  4. 4

    Check the fuel and air filters. These can easily become clogged -- more so the air filter -- after heavy riding. Remove any dirt and debris from the filter. If the filter is in really bad shape, it should be replaced.

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