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    First of all, you do NOT have a "CDI". No GS...

    First of all, you do NOT have a "CDI". No GS ever left the factory with a CDI-type ignition.

    What you DO have is just a basic ELECTRONIC ignition. The older-style mechanical points are replaced...
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    It does not really matter. wymple suggests that...

    It does not really matter. wymple suggests that it matters to the plugs, but you have to realize that the coil is in the middle of the high-voltage circuit. That means that on one of the two plugs,...
  3. Thread: towing a trailer

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    No, just mounted "normally", much like the...

    No, just mounted "normally", much like the picture that Gustov shows.



    Just the same as if you have a trailer behind your car. :-k

    Some states do not require trailer license plates. Others...
  4. Thread: towing a trailer

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    When I got my first trailer (in 1978), I talked...

    When I got my first trailer (in 1978), I talked with a guy that said NOT having a swivel hitch saved his trailer. :-k

    He hit something with the left trailer wheel that tipped the trailer up. When...
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    I have never had a commercial "swivel hitch" on...

    I have never had a commercial "swivel hitch" on any of my trailers. To answer your question, I could put the bike on the side stand (so it's leaning a bit to the left), then lift the left-side...
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    Steve, reporting for duty, Sir! :encouragement: ...

    Steve, reporting for duty, Sir! :encouragement:

    Red, you have two options in my opinion.
    1. Look for a (MUCH) lighter trailer.
    2. Find a different tow vehicle.

    Sorry, but there is no...
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    The ground might actually be the mounting ears,...

    The ground might actually be the mounting ears, not the screw you show.

    As Rich and Rick mention, the connection to the starter button is the yellow/red wire that is hanging below the solenoid. ...
  8. Agreed. :encouragement: .

    Agreed. :encouragement:

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    Yes, they are both BS32, but the spacing between...

    Yes, they are both BS32, but the spacing between carbs 2 and 3 is different. It's possible to change, but not easily, as you need to change the throttle shaft(s), "choke" linkage, fuel fitting and...
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    Your swingarm pivots are tapered roller bearings....

    Your swingarm pivots are tapered roller bearings. Quite a bit more durable than the needle bearings in the chain-driven bikes. At some time during the ownership of each of my bikes (all shafties,...
  11. It might not be vacuum, it could be PRESSURE in...

    It might not be vacuum, it could be PRESSURE in the bowls. :-k

    Along that line of thought, what is the status of the carb vents? A surprising number of new owners don't understand where all the...
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    Don't just watch it, ... REPLACE IT. .

    Don't just watch it, ... REPLACE IT.

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  13. Thread: Less is more...

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    I'll go one step farther, showing which bike has...

    I'll go one step farther, showing which bike has what.
  14. Thread: Less is more...

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    I whole-heartedly agree. :encouragement: In...

    I whole-heartedly agree. :encouragement:

    In fact, I have every one of the items in the "NG" list (except the sidecar, sissy bar, heated seat and hand grips)
    and none of the items in the "OK"...
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    Check the bottom mount. The 850 shocks have eyes...

    Check the bottom mount. The 850 shocks have eyes at both ends, some 750s are eye/fork.

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    I have one of those cases on an 850L that is...

    I have one of those cases on an 850L that is about to be sold. I will look at the electrical connections before it leaves here.

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  17. I would say they are 6mm, as they fit on 6mm...

    I would say they are 6mm, as they fit on 6mm bolt.

    If your local hardware store does not have much metric, get a 1/4" washer.

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    Yeah, right. :-\\\ .

    Yeah, right. :-\\\

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    Yes, that is a KG top case. They also made hard...

    Yes, that is a KG top case. They also made hard saddlebags, but what everyone knows them for is the luggage rack and its optional sissy bar.

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    Where did you find an '81 GS with points? :-k ...

    Where did you find an '81 GS with points? :-k

    As far as I know, all GSes sold in the US had electronic ignition, starting with the 1980 model....
  21. We have enjoyed a few tours through the museum,...

    We have enjoyed a few tours through the museum, our first one was hosted/guided by Dale.
    Fantastic man, wonderful host, you couldn't help but enjoy his enthusiasm for motorcycles.

    He will be...
  22. I have a 4-into-1 of unknown origin on my 850G...

    I have a 4-into-1 of unknown origin on my 850G and my son has a MAC Tri-Y on his 1000G. Neither one of them has to be removed for oil changes....
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    If the 1000 is a shaftie, yes. If it's...

    If the 1000 is a shaftie, yes. If it's chain-driven, probably not.

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    Usually, it's even more expensive to NOT get...

    Usually, it's even more expensive to NOT get genuine washers. :-k

    That's because you will likely have to do it over, and get the genuine washers that you should have gotten the first time....
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    I believe that pushing the lever down does engage...

    I believe that pushing the lever down does engage the "choke".

    How long have you had this bike and/or how much do you know of its history?

    If it starts without the "choke", something is...
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