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by bruce swaybill
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Gold Wing single carb solution
Replies: 9
Views: 2616

Re: Gold Wing single carb solution

I'm curious, now that you a single carb to avoid a lack of synchronization and by retaining the original four curved runners you still have the vacuum ports, what does a synch tool show the vacuum difference is between inlet ports? That will illustrate any remaining imbalance due to the new manifol...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Highway speed question
Replies: 13
Views: 968

Re: Highway speed question

From 1974 to 1987 the national maximum speed limit was 55mph. The ‘81 you have is from the heart of that period. It was intended for 55-60mph touring. Today it’s seems a little buzzy at today’s hiway speeds. My ‘83 will fly along happily at 5k rpm doing 80mph until I get too tired to ride further. L...
by bruce swaybill
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: RPM and gear speed
Replies: 28
Views: 5696

Re: RPM and gear speed

also .... how did you replace the baffles?
The original mufflers are sealed....and the shop manual does not include this procedure.

Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: RPM and gear speed
Replies: 28
Views: 5696

Re: RPM and gear speed

One thing to consider, in addition to the already mentioned speedo and tach errors, is the outside diameter of the tires. This can be different even with the same spec, ie 120/90-18. The 18 is the rim diameter not the outside and the 90 aspect ratio is rounded to the nearest 0 or 5. Each tire model ...
by bruce swaybill
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Front brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Front brakes

How about a picture of the problem?
by bruce swaybill
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Gold Wing single carb solution
Replies: 9
Views: 2616

Re: Gold Wing single carb solution

For seemingly decades, there has been many many discussions/blogs on the pros and cons of four carbs with individual runners vs one carb and a manifold feeding the four runners. I'm curious, now that you a single carb to avoid a lack of synchronization and by retaining the original four curved runne...
by bruce swaybill
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: What is this
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: What is this

That's not a stock Honda item. It's not in any documentation or manuals I own or have seen. Definitely an aftermarket add-on.

What is it wired to?
by bruce swaybill
Fri May 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Final Drive Misaligned ?
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Final Drive Misaligned ?

Do you have any pictures showing what you describe?
by bruce swaybill
Fri May 12, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Front brake caliper Question, seals in my kits are too small
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Front brake caliper Question, seals in my kits are too small

Your '83 has linked brakes, which means that the rear brake pedal operates the rear brake and the front right caliper. Your front brake lever operates the front left caliper only. The rear and front left caliper have 32mm pistons. The front right has 25mm pistons. My calipers were marked with a 32 a...
by bruce swaybill
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Brake piston size
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Brake piston size

Your '83 has linked brakes, which means that the rear brake pedal operates the rear brake and the front right caliper. Your front brake lever operates the front left caliper only. The rear and front left caliper have 32mm pistons. The front right has 25mm pistons. My calipers were marked with a 32 a...
by bruce swaybill
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: gl1100 master cylinder bore size
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: gl1100 master cylinder bore size

Yes. What size do you have now?
When you increase the bore diameter, the brake will need less lever travel for the same caliper piston displacement ( = brake force ).

Hope this helps.
Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Just changed the head gaskets, now thete is a noise
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Just changed the head gaskets, now thete is a noise

It sounds like the valve timing is off and a piston is hitting a valve. I know this sound from experience when a worn timing belt slipped and threw off the camshaft timing. Take off the timing belt covers and see if a belt/sprocket seems to slow down coincident to the knocking sound; that's the pist...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: progressive 412s
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: progressive 412s

One of 416s has leaked it's oil and now won't hold air for very long. I've been thinking about the 412s also and I'm glad to see so many are happy with them.
One thing not mentioned by anyone is which spring rate do you have: standard or heavy duty?

Thanks.
Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: gl1100 interstate steering is heavy
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: gl1100 interstate steering is heavy

Can you tell us what speed range you are describing? Below 10mph? 10-20mph? Above 20? Above 40? These bikes are very stable above 40, moderately so 20-40 and can feel wobbly below 20 if you don't pay attention. At low speeds, the bike's weight try's to turn the wheel more than the tire's contact pat...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Mirrors

I just put the screws back in and polished up the 'ring' left by the rubber gasket. Screws to match the middle two were not available from the Honda dealer nor would they be long enough.

Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Sun May 29, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: re-installing rear wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: re-installing rear wheel

There are two spacers on the left side of the wheel:
A plain cylindrical one between the swing arm and the brake caliper radius arm and a second spacer that has a small flange that fits between the radius arm and the wheel bearing inner race.

Hope this helps.
Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Sat May 28, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Mirrors

Mytown, No real downside to the oem bar mounted mirrors except maybe appearance. I never liked the fairing mounted look and it looks cleaner now. The bar mounted set from the naked GW stay put and I can see everything just fine. The remote radio controls that mount to the left mirror mount hole had ...
by bruce swaybill
Wed May 25, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Mirrors

I gave up re-setting the fairing mounted mirrors every time I hit a bad bump in the road and installed a pair of oem bar mounted mirrors: IMG_3333.JPG IMG_3334.JPG IMG_3336.JPG These are easy to adjust while seated (I have needed to re-adjust them!) and they do not vibrate at all! This is what God i...
by bruce swaybill
Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: strange clutch and up shifting issue
Replies: 4
Views: 438

Re: strange clutch and up shifting issue

So, you ARE releasing the throttle grip when shifting .... Is the grip sticking open? Are both throttle cables intact? One pulls the throttle open, the other pulls, or "pushes" the throttle closed. Is the throttle cam where the lower end of the cables rotating in both directions? Is the return sprin...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Brake bleeding
Replies: 5
Views: 912

Re: Brake bleeding

I read your original post again, and it seems that the master cylinder is not pumping any fluid. The pedal will not have any resistance until the line is full of fluid. Make sure only one bleeder is open at a time. Does the pedal feel hard or soft while pumping? If it is hard, then maybe one of the ...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Front-end wobble - Notice to Goldwing newbies
Replies: 45
Views: 10992

Re: Front-end wobble - Notice to Goldwing newbies

After I got home, I did some research on the Internet and discovered that the wobble is normal. Have any of you experienced guys and gals had a similar experience? Is what you are calling a wobble a fast shake of the bars only or a slow weave of the whole motorcycle? When I first got the bike I fel...
by bruce swaybill
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Brake bleeding
Replies: 5
Views: 912

Re: Brake bleeding

I would suggest "reverse bleeding" the system. There are many videos on YouTube for this. Basically, you pump the fluid from the caliper up to the master cylinder. This seems to work better at removing air bubbles since the fluid is flowing upward. Since you are starting with fresh fluid, you would ...
by bruce swaybill
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Neutral Light
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Neutral Light

I have a different issue with my nuetral light. While replacing the diode fixs the anomoly of the clutch switch turning on the nuetral light, I wonder if it will fix my issue: on my '83 the nuetral light is intermittent and the OD light never works. Any thoughts? :!:

Thanks.
Bruce S.
by bruce swaybill
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: ‘83 GL1100 Fork Brace Stiffener (GL1200's too!)
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: ‘83 GL1100 Fork Brace Stiffener

On the bike ... Before and After... IMG_3827.JPG IMG_3837.JPG Close- ups ... IMG_3839.JPG IMG_3840.JPG IMG_3841.JPG IMG_3842.JPG Applying the "Five Foot Rule", can't see a thing ! IMG_3843.JPG IMG_3844.JPG This is too easy, too inexpensive, and works too well to pass up! I'll see ya out there...
by bruce swaybill
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: ‘83 GL1100 Fork Brace Stiffener (GL1200's too!)
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: ‘83 GL1100 Fork Brace Stiffener

In the drive way ...

The old and new screws


The fit of the stiffener











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