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retep88
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Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:10 pm
Location: DBQ, Iowa
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade

Hello From Iowa

Postby retep88 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:23 pm



Hello all, I am new!
I am 27 year old mechanical engineer from Iowa and I bought an '82 aspencade at the end of last Summer. I only started riding a couple of years ago; my first bike was an '81 Yamaha 850 midnight special. While that bike was fun and nice to ride, it was low on compression on one cylinder and was too small for me and my wife to ride comfortably for more than 30 minutes (and she really likes to ride with me). I heard about the '82 at work, a friend from work introduced me to his neighbor who was selling the bike for a friend (I knows a guys who knows a guys :) ). It sort of ran, but clearly needed some carb work, tires were old an needed replacing, and the ride height was off so it didn't want to sit on it's side stand right (I would later find out the suspension was shot). I still like it though, I was hooked, I had to have it. So I quickly sold my Yamaha (my wife severely limits the number of toys I can have) for 600, plus another 400 from my toy fund and I had a GL1100 aspencade for $1000. I trailered it home, rolled it in to the garage and got to work.

With the help of this site and Naked Goldwings, I was able to get the bike tore apart, rebuilt the carbs (that's a heck of a story there), rebuild the brakes, tuned up the air system for the shocks, put on a new rear tire (the front would have to wait till the winter), and then put her all back together. I was all excited for my maiden voyage until I got to the curb and it went CLUNK!. The front forks bottomed out, then rear shocks did the same. I had come too far, and the riding season was nearly over in Iowa so I cranked up the air pressure and rode anyway. Never very far, the farthest I went was 20 miles into work to show her to the guys, but over pressurizing the shocks got me by (like 40 psi in the front, 100 psi in the back). The last straw was when I took my wife around the block so she would stop calling it a money pit; we hit a bump and went from a soft tail to a hard tail :(.

this past winter I bought new seals, Progressive springs for the front and rear, new timing belts, a new clutch cable. Then when the garage warmed up enough that I could be out there without freezing I put it all on. While the front was off for the fork rebuild, I got a new front tire, and while the radiator was off for the timing belts (I don't believe anyone that says you could do it with the radiator installed) I had the radiator boiled out and cleaned up. Now she is all back together and running smooth.

Now my only issues are noise speedo cable and some broken tabs on the lower front fairing body panels. the Speedo Cable should be easy, the body panels not so much, I might have to get creative with some fiberglass...



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retep88
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Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:10 pm
Location: DBQ, Iowa
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade

Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby retep88 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:34 pm

AH HA! found the ABS cement trick. I will be trying that instead of fiberglass. I still have all the pieces, just have to stick them back together.

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ram11397
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Joined: Thu May 12, 2011 9:58 pm
Location: Westerly, Rhode Island
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade

Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby ram11397 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:36 pm

welcome to the site we love to pictures lol
Rick
1982 GL 1100 Aspencade

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littlebeaver
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Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Motorcycle: 1981 gl 1100 I , 79 Yamaha XS11
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Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:39 pm

ha ha ha believe it, I have a video of me changing the belts out with the radiator in place...admin has done it as well but he scraped his knuckles up a bit he said... :lol: you did good putting the progressives on,, did you leave the air shock on and rebuild it or just put the 412's on,, I went 412's because I got sick of the air shocks leaking... I also bottomed out after I got the bike...412's are nice with two up riding as well.... Welcome to the site,, lots of great information here... :D

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retep88
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Location: DBQ, Iowa
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Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby retep88 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:42 pm

I rebuild the original air shocks, but replaced the springs. So they are basically 412's but for $30 a side and I can still rebuild them with OEM seals.

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retep88
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Location: DBQ, Iowa
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Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby retep88 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:48 pm

here is what I found when I split the carbs apart on the bench.
'82 carbs on the bench
'82 carbs on the bench

I think I found why it wasn't running so well, that straw was in the wrong spot and it had starved the left side of fuel. I had also found silicon on all the float seals :roll:

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CMReynolds1
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Location: Oregon
Motorcycle: 2013 F6B

Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby CMReynolds1 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:29 pm

There are two people selling parts for an 80/81 Interstate on Craiglist Post ID #'s are: post id: 4976460725 and 4971719843.
One is in SW Washington State, they other just outside of Portland, Oregon.
You might check it out.
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Location: Kapunda, SouthAustralia
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Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby redial » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:00 pm

Welcome, from the Deep Deep South. That was a good introduction. The joys of Goldwinging will be yours for a long time, so if you look after the GW, it will give you many miles of smiles.
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wally
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Location: Yale, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade

Re: Hello From Iowa

Postby wally » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:04 pm

Hi and welcome! I've got the same bike and have to rebuild/replace the shocks, procrastinated thru winter and now riding season is here so in a quandary of what I'm going to do.




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