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Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:53 am



I'm thinking about buying this wing from nephew. He said he bought it rode it once and it died. He has no idea how to work on it. It is buried in the snow I just dug it out yesterday. The tags say 09 so it's been awhile. Had a blue tarp covering it so first time I laid eyes on it. Hoping to go back today and load on trailer. I'm sure I will have to go through it before being able to ride. My hope is to get to run for summer and then do a gregs winter project on it.
Just a lump
Just a lump
Looks good so far.
Looks good so far.
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From the back
From the back



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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby thrasherg » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:52 am

Looks very promising.. Fingers crossed there is nothing seriously wrong with it.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:44 am

looks good so far, keep us posted on what you find out............. 8-)
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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby bustedwing » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:05 pm

Before you even crank the engine, drain all fuel from the tank, take the carbs off and if you know how at least clean them out, but it's better to get rebuild kits and do it right. You mayhave trouble with varnish in the carbs and getting them cleaned out. Once you get it running you should also replace the timing belts due to age unless you have proof they were changed shortly before it was parked. Good luck, enjoy your new to you ride.
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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby maestro319 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:05 pm

Woo Hoo !!! That's a great find. How come I never fall into anything like that???

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby redial » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:51 pm

After sitting out in the cold and snow for four years, be careful with some of the tupperware as it may have become brittle from the extremes of temperatures. I see you are at the North Pole, Alaska, but according to my georgraphy, none of the North Poles are in Alaska, at present, but I guess I could watch this space.

As others have said, take things slowly and enjoy your GW for the limited amount of riding time that you get, up there. I would also be changing the brake, clutch, and coolants in the GW as well, and I couldnt imagine that the battery will be much good. Let the group know how you get on with this amazing find.
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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:39 am

The tires will be shot and there is a very good chance that some mice have built a nest inside the bike somewhere. Hopefully they didn't chew on the wiring.
Best to see how much rust is inside the gas tank. Pull the plugs and skirt a little ATF in each cylinder to help lube things before you try to turn it over. Drain all gas, including that in the floats. Add a full can of SeaFoam to the fresh gas you put in the tank after it is repaired from all the rust inside. New fuel filter as well. Once you get it fired up, let it run at idle for extended periods with the SeaFoam in the gas to loosen up all the varnish in the slow speed jets. You will probably have to do that several times. If no improvement, then it's time to remove carbs and get them cleaned.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:46 am

Thanks for all the input everyone. The wing is home and thawing out. Looks good except a little wet on lower rad hose you'll see in pics.
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It's very dirty of course.
It's very dirty of course.
seat in good shape.
seat in good shape.
Paint looks good.
Paint looks good.
This could be anything bike has 58,718 miles on it. found paperwork that has been serviced about 2,000miles ago. They put 5w-40 syn oil in it. More details and pics as things progress. Oh looked in gas tank clean as a whistle. 15 below zero this morning can dream of summer!!!!
This could be anything bike has 58,718 miles on it. found paperwork that has been serviced about 2,000miles ago. They put 5w-40 syn oil in it. More details and pics as things progress. Oh looked in gas tank clean as a whistle. 15 below zero this morning can dream of summer!!!!

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:04 am

Chance are, Engine is fine, when you expect the worst [another engine] and then you find out it's in good working order then you should be really pleased..It's fine I'm sure..That's the worst case scenaro.. Great find, happy Uncle and Nephew... :D Post your progress please...lots of photo's, videos ect. :D

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby Pam » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:47 am

Hopefully those little varmits havn't built any nests in the nooks and cranies on the bike.. She looks real good. Let her warn up good and go slow

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:29 am

Drained old fuel last night. Stinky stuff at least the petcock was off. Hook a battery up to it to see if it would turn over, And got the dreaded click. More details later.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby Possum51 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:54 pm

steve 302 wrote:Drained old fuel last night. Stinky stuff at least the petcock was off. Hook a battery up to it to see if it would turn over, And got the dreaded click. More details later.

got the same "click" with my GL1200 after I got it, turned out to be a stuck starter solenoid at the battery, jumped across it with screw driver, engine spun over fine. Replace solenoid. Hope this helps.
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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:52 pm

Maybe it would be better to spin the engine by hand rather than a vigorous starter shot...

You could do a few things to do that...
1) Put it in gear and try to rotate the rear wheel slowly
2) Find the stator bolt in the cover on the rear of the engine to actually turn it slowly by wrench while watching it spin a little...
(I am sure someone can find a link the tutorial on this... valve adjustment DIY viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2229 )

Just spinning an engine could cause a problem if things aren't right inside..a broken belt, seized piston, etc. etc. could all do damage that can be avoided.
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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:51 am

That's why I advised to add a little ATF down each cylinder after removing the plugs. Stick rags/paper towels in the plug holes and let it set a couple of days. Put the bike in gear, remove the rags/paper towels and then try turning the rear wheel to see if it spins over. If things are 'stuck' that will help to lube the cylinders/rings.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:09 am

First off I didn't hit starter button to turn over just wanted to see if it would engage. I pulled plugs last night they don't look to bad. Put marvel mystery oil in clyinders then put in fifth gear and slowly but surely worked tire back and forth. It turned over pretty good no interferance. Got starter to engage tapped sileniod with small ballpeen hammer. Guess I'll be ordering one of those soon. Turned engine over a few times has spark. Then left it for the night to soak.
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They don't look bad for sitting so long.
They don't look bad for sitting so long.
This is the 25,000 mile service out of honda book. this is what they used when last service about 2000 miles ago.
This is the 25,000 mile service out of honda book. this is what they used when last service about 2000 miles ago.
A few bonus items.
A few bonus items.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:16 am

Their is a few things Ihave not figured out yet(see pics) maybe one of you knows.
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This looks like a add on by po.
This looks like a add on by po.
Is this all part of orginal intercom?
Is this all part of orginal intercom?

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby thrasherg » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:44 am

That's an autocomplete bike intercom, we have the same handlebar switch on my wife's vt750.. They are very good intercoms, but it's getting to be quite old now.. You push the red button to talk, the little toggle switch has 3 positions, mute, auto and manual. Mute means the intercom doesn't amplify when someone speaks, the auto position means the intercom senses one someone speaks and amplifies the speech, the third position just amplifies the sound when you push the red button.. I hope that makes sense.

This intercom is aftermarket, not original.

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Re: Blue tarp surprise

Postby steve 302 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:51 am

Thanks thrasherg will look into that. Starter dosen't sound good. Put finger over spark plug holes lots of compression. But starter almost stops. So I put plugs back in and tried turning over. It turned over very slow and struggling to turn. I tried jumping acrossed posts on solenoid same thing. Ground cable in good shape I guess I will end up pulling starter for rebuild. Unless somebody has better suggestion. Oh forgot to mention cables were very hot after cranking like alot of draw on them.




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