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New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:45 pm



I've been wanting a Goldwing for years but haven't found one that had the features for the price I could spend. I found a few very old naked wings over the years, but I wanted the fairings and bags. I mentioned to a friend, and fellow motorcycler, today that I had been watching a listing on Craigslist for an '83 Interstate that had been there for a few days now and the price had dropped to $2k. It appeared very clean and was reportedly recently serviced.

This friend I was talking to mentioned he knew of someone who had a Goldwing they were looking to sell for a lot less. He had no idea about the bike so we went to take a look. It turns out he has an '83 Aspencade that he's owned for about a year now but has never ridden due to its size. His preferred bike is the Honda Shadow 450 he bought at the same time. The bike was previously owned by a Goldwing enthusiast who not only owned the bike for a number of years before finally upgrading to a newer model, but managed to put 88k miles on it. Its a nicely dressed Aspencade with the light bar around the back, trailer hitch and passenger floorboards. The only thing that seemed to be missing was the passenger arm rests. The saddle bags were full of spare parts and the original owners manual and a Honda service manual. I wasn't able to start it due to a dead battery but I trust the gentleman who owns it so I don't mind purchasing it without hearing it run. That and the fact that I'm fairly handy with a wrench.

The bike appears to be in very good used condition with no major leaks or other warning signs. The paint is faded and the metalwork is dull but a good polishing should take care of that. The only things I could see actually wrong were there are a couple small tears in the seat cover and the chrome flange over the headlight is broken. I think the headlight trim piece might be aftermarket, as I have seen some bikes with it and some without. When I confirmed the asking price of $500 I bought it on the spot. I will be picking it up next weekend.

Having done a considerable amount of mechanical work over the years I'm not worried about fixing anything. Besides the regular tune-up items, is there anything in particular with this model and year that I should look for, or be overly concerned about? I've been going through the posts here and other than a couple radio issues and general maintenance it doesn't seem like the GL1100 is notorious for problems.

One other question that I've seen mentioned but have yet to find the answer to is if there is an upgrade to the Cassette player? I mean a drop-in CD or MP3 player that will integrate with the stereo control panel/intercom system?



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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Clarencechapman » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:46 am

I think $500 is an extremely good price. MAKE SURE YOU GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE BIKE BEFORE RIDING IT!
I bought one for $1000 a 2 years ago and had someone go through it. Turns out one of the floats sunk and all the gas ended up in the crankcase. But was well worth the purchase.

Congrats on a nice bike.

Clarence

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby punkies » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:42 am

Hi there, make sure to flush all the coolent out and to be on the safe side, get the radiator checked, or you might sit with the problem i have, a blown head gasket, i am in the prosess of replacing both sides, and the radiator.
Morne from South Africa.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:12 am

You got a great deal! The seat tears can be easily mended. I would change the timing belts, and cut out the stator connector. Flush the fluids (coolant, brakes), and go from there.

The original headlight trim is a brushed aluminum, so if yours is chrome, it is aftermarket.

There is no upgrade to the cassette player, but lots of people have wired in aftermarket things, myself included - I have a satellite radio wired into my 1100.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:27 am

Thanks for the replies. I do intend to give the bike a complete tune-up before riding it, coolant flush, oil change, filters, etc. From reading I guess the timing belts seem to be a regular tune up item as well. I know the bike has a bag with some belts in it, so I'll have to check them out when I pick it up.

I was watching a video,



where he has some great additions, including interfacing bluetooth and sat. radio into his existing com system. I'll have to look into that in the future. I'm not worried about adding a CD player, but being able to plug in an MP3 player would be very nice.

Its a little frustrating to have to wait until next weekend to pick it up, but hopefully this week will pass by quickly.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:31 am

Jeeper wrote:I was watching a video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMWYphLP ... re=related , where he has some great additions, including interfacing bluetooth and sat. radio into his existing com system. I'll have to look into that in the future. I'm not worried about adding a CD player, but being able to plug in an MP3 player would be very nice.


Actually, that's my video, of my bike. :)

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:55 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Jeeper wrote:I was watching a video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMWYphLP ... re=related , where he has some great additions, including interfacing bluetooth and sat. radio into his existing com system. I'll have to look into that in the future. I'm not worried about adding a CD player, but being able to plug in an MP3 player would be very nice.


Actually, that's my video, of my bike. :)


Then I know I've come to the right place. Just let me know when you put together the how-to on adding bluetooth to your comm system. :)

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:43 pm

I had thought about that for a while, but I didn't, just because it's really not a DIY project. I pulled apart a bluetooth earpiece, and had to do some surface-mount rework (soldering) under a microscope in order to get it to a state where I could interface it into my bike. Not many people have the equipment or know-how to do that sort of thing.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:16 pm

I guess if I had read the forums a bit more before posting I would have known that the video I posed was yours wingadmin. I just now got to the thread where you posted the walk around videos. Funny thing I just happened to find them while searching for Goldwings on Youtube. I liked a few of the modifications you have done, including the headlight modulator.

Stupid question time, I was watching one video and I noticed the bike owner had two chrome posts on top of his handlebars, one on each side. They kind of look like a large chess pawn about 3 inches tall. The bike I'm purchasing has one on the right side of the handlebar. Is this just a post to hang a helmet from when parked or do they serve another purpose?

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:52 pm

You got it, that's exactly what they're for. They screw into the place where mirrors mount on the bike if it is naked (i.e. unfaired).

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby TKM » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:54 am

Great find--only new timing belts--cross over belts may be sourced cheaper
Cheers Terry


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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:01 pm

I brought the new (to me) bike home today. Of course after weeks of beautiful weather, sometimes reaching the 80s, today we had to get 3 inches of wet snow. It needs to be cleaned up, tuned up and warmed up, but here it is. If you can see in the pictures, the pad on the front of the trunk needs to be reupholstered and the pockets on each side of it are missing, other than that its pretty complete.






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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Clarencechapman » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:30 pm

Hey!!!!
Same color scheme as mine!!!!
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby bikersmurff » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:15 pm

what is it with goldwing riders and all the bling we put on are bikes (which i am guilty of all so) the aftermarket supplyers are to blame for tempting us :D .Just think how much quicker we would go with out all that weight!!.But alass getting some were quicker is not as importent as looking good while doing it :lol:

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby actionpack » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:08 pm

good looking sled , some elbow grease and tlc u will be good to go
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:52 am

Looks great and an absolute bargain for $500.. A bit of polish and she will shine!!

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby actionpack » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:40 pm

thrasherg wrote:Looks great and an absolute bargain for $500.. A bit of polish and she will shine!!

looks like ya got a old jd setting there , what yr is it if u don't mind me asking
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby Jeeper » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:09 pm

actionpack wrote:looks like ya got a old jd setting there , what yr is it if u don't mind me asking


Actually I have 3 112s. A '69 hydraulic, a '70 hydraulic and a '17 electric lift. The '69 and the '71 run great, the '70 is my parts machine at the moment. I have about 5 mower decks, a tiller, 2 snowblowers, 2 cabs and 1 model 50 cart.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby actionpack » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:24 pm

cool , i could tell by the wheels they were older 1's
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby cheeprider » Sat May 01, 2010 2:11 pm

Looks go to me. Way to go.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby blackbird » Sat May 01, 2010 8:22 pm

I too am a new owner of an '83 GL1100A. Not running at this moment, as the previous owner (now 87 years old, and owner of no less than 4 Goldwings in his riding career) had not done anything with it for several years. I am now in the process of cleaning out the tank, will be changing the other fluids and belts. I do have one question: I bought a new battery and when I hooked it up to make sure the engine would at least turn over, the battery posts (positive side) got pretty hot. I only cranked the engine a few times. Any thoughts as to what might cause this(maybe the cables not secured tight enough) or what? Thanks, Blackbird

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby actionpack » Sat May 01, 2010 8:34 pm

maybe check the terminal on the starter and see if it has a good connection , check grounds , check the dog bone fuse if it still has 1 , they get hot on the connnections and can go bad , hope this helps , if not i would check starter , maybe some 1 esle will be by with better info
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby blackbird » Sat May 01, 2010 8:47 pm

Thanks, I'll start there.

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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby actionpack » Sat May 01, 2010 9:10 pm

blackbird wrote:Thanks, I'll start there.
was the started turning the engine over good , or was it slow cranking
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Re: New '83 GL1100A

Postby blackbird » Sun May 02, 2010 12:02 am

It was turning over slowly




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