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MSGT-R
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Old owner, new member

Postby MSGT-R » Thu May 07, 2009 10:40 am



It took typing in the correct phrase while looking for a wiring diagram to find this site.

Hi, I'm not the Goldwing owner, my husband is. I'm the mechanic :roll:

There are currently two wings in our garage:
81 GL1100 Interstate and an 05 GL1800. My husband is a fast learner, but it's usually me that pushes the repairs or accessories. We totally restored the 81, and in the process, the radio quit working. I think it's been hooked up wrong, but didn't have the Clarion-1 diagram until yesterday. I'm a happy camper now! The 81 is for sale now that the 05 is parked in the garage. My ride is a lot smaller in size, it's a V65 Magna.


Don't spook the road sheep.

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Re: Old owner, new member

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 07, 2009 11:43 am

Welcome to the site! Glad we could help out with your radio wiring.

What did you have to do to restore the 1100? Curious as to how you like the 1100 compared to the 1800.

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Re: Old owner, new member

Postby MSGT-R » Thu May 07, 2009 12:19 pm

The 1100, although in good shape, spent 10 years under a cover in Palm Springs. Everything rubber had to be replaced, everything had to be regreased, the carbs had to be rebuilt and the tank flushed. The stator wiring was cooked and the battery suffered for it (and so did the chrome on the tailpipe below). We repainted and re-upholstered it. It has full Progressive suspension, Superbrace and Galfer front lines for safety. It sports Metzler ME880s.

My husband rode it for about 3 years when I scored an 1800 on e-bay. He's had his butt non-stop on it ever since. I got a second seat for the 1100, cut it waaay down so I could ride it. We had planned on riding it to deliver it for a sale that fell through. I'm riding it today for someone to look at it. Being 5'1", I'm not ever going to be comfortable with the weight and mass. I prefer my V65 because it's 100 pounds lighter and more responsive than the 1100 (which is fine for cruising). The V65 also has a 6th gear. You cannot compare an 1100 with an 1800, the differences in technology over the past 20+ years are too great.
Don't spook the road sheep.

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Re: Old owner, new member

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu May 07, 2009 7:02 pm

hello and welcome to goldwing docs msgt-r
'99 ST1100, '93 se
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.... william

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Re: Old owner, new member

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 07, 2009 9:04 pm

I'm 6'0", but I'm all legs, and the 1800 is just a bit too cramped for me - I end up with stiff, painful knees after only 20-30 minutes or so.

I think I will keep the 1100 for another few years, and then find myself a 1999 or 2000 1500SE with the lowest mileage I can find, then start the whole process over again.

The plan is to sell the 1100 and buy the 1500...but I kind of suspect I'll just end up with both. :)




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