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Motorcycle: 1980 gl1100 interstate

New owner here

Postby addicted » Sun May 24, 2015 9:51 pm



Hello, I just got what I think is a good deal on a 1980 gl1100 interstate. I bought it from the original owners and it was always garaged, it has 36k on it.the bike is in beautiful shape! I paid 800 dollars for it, it does need a few things as it sat for a while though. I have ordered fork seals,shock seals, timing belts,cam and crank seals and idler pulleys to retrofit as per a thread here.I'm having goldwingcarbs.com do the carbs for me, the carbs are the only thing I'm not willing to spend the time on doing myself. I anticipate having it done and riding in a few months, can't wait to go for a long ride somewhere!

I'm going to change all the fluids and lubricate areas in need of it and put new tires on it . Question, is there anything I should check on this model that I haven't thought of yet?



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Re: New owner here

Postby RoadRogue » Mon May 25, 2015 12:19 am

Welcome to the group. Check the three yellow wires at the connection just in front of the battery, remove the plug and solder the wires if the plug looks cooked. Change out the dog bone fuse for a modern blade fuse and holder. Otherwise it would seem you have a good plan for the work you need to do. If you get lost just ask us and someone will be along to help you with any issues you may encounter. Dont forget to read the how to articles. Post a pic when you get a chance, we love pics. 8-)
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: New owner here

Postby bstig60 » Mon May 25, 2015 9:42 am

Welcome to the group.
Bill

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Re: New owner here

Postby addicted » Mon May 25, 2015 3:48 pm

It had a bunch of Chrome stuff on it I didn't like at a ll, I took most of it off still have one thing left on the front to remove. I'll put up pics of before and after.
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redial
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Re: New owner here

Postby redial » Mon May 25, 2015 10:26 pm

Looking good! One thing I suggest is to keep a log of the things that you change, how much it cost to purchase the parts, and about how long it took you to do the work. Otherwise, it sounds like you have the job well in hand.

But you had better get some pain killers in, because your facial cheeks will hurt - from all the grinning you will do :D as you ride your GW.
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Re: New owner here

Postby Aloha Tom » Tue May 26, 2015 12:37 am

This site has been incredible for getting me thru the first few months of owing, and owning, a 94 1500SE
The steering bearings were far worse than we imagined the condition to be at 120kmiles, along with new Progressive springs yadayada,
the usual things a used bike is going to need

Ck your bushings for the swingarm, the steering bearings for any rough or dead spots in range of travel, and make some new ground wires Good grounds never hurt any vehicle :)

A water bottle holder is very handy. So many hours can roll by, you dont realize how dehydrated, windblown and sunbaked you really are!
Tip for all: If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! per medical Doctor
Liquid UP for riding,,water that is

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Re: New owner here

Postby Aloha Tom » Tue May 26, 2015 12:47 am

A set of LED aftermarket driving lights will make your Wing a 24 hour machine!
Mount on the engine guards or under cowl, you can get a narrow, distance beam and a wider 30 degree spread for lighting up a 2 lane road from one edge to the other
ck ebay or your preferred buying site for units from overseas, worth the short wait to get them for the dollars saved

Low power draw is the bonus to LED, convert what you can on the front running lights, rear lights-brakes etc. to make you more visible.
Hard to believe people cant see us!! :roll:

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Re: New owner here

Postby CMReynolds1 » Tue May 26, 2015 9:04 am

She looks pretty darn good. Congrats. I would like to recommend you check your tires, sidewalls especially. They are the only thing between you road rash. Here is a link that I started and many of the others added more info. It has a lot of great info from all of the posters!

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=27542
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Re: New owner here

Postby addicted » Tue May 26, 2015 8:52 pm

Thanks for the tips guys! Just got my crank seal today the rest of the parts should show up tomorrow. Sending the carbs out Thursday so she should be up and running soon. Definitely getting new tires,who knows how old they are plus the rear has a bubble from shock oil.i think my first trip might be up Mt washington so excited to get riding!

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Re: New owner here

Postby bstig60 » Tue May 26, 2015 9:21 pm

Odds are you will have some back vacuum lines. I would suggest replacing them while you have the carbs off. They have a habit of developing a leak at the 90 degree bends. Check them and anything that is hard or brittle replace it.
Bill

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Re: New owner here

Postby Aloha Tom » Wed May 27, 2015 10:45 am

good call on the vac lines,,sure enough there will be a leak in the hardest spot to reach - because you were right there!!!!

I second the motion on fixing the stator connector- the 3 wires coming from it to a plug often come loose, rust or otherwise melt the plastic housing of the connector, not cool!

Honda sells the`Goldwing update kit` with new connector and wires you splice in
Or junk the connector and make your own, or simply splice the wires together- will need some new length to fix the melting-corrosion issues

this problem goes from the 1980s 110 3 wheel vehicles, thru the shadow line and Goldwings for many years!
Ck if you have the 3 wire stator = you NEED to do this fix
my 86 shadow was found to have the melted part-- right after I read about someone else having a FIRE under the seat!!

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Re: New owner here

Postby littlebeaver » Wed May 27, 2015 11:14 am

Welcome to the site... Enjoy your ride man.... :D




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