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PCFree50
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I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby PCFree50 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:22 pm



Just got my first Gold Wing Interstate two days ago. I have been riding a 1976 Honda 750-four and I am excited to have my first "cruiser." The bike does have some issues. First, on fork seems to have oil coming out around the seal. I checked the air pressure and some nasty oil came out when I saw it had 12PSI and went to bleed some out. Nasty greenish grey oil. Looks like it has water mixed in? Then the rear shocks don't hold air. So I looked up this forum to find out that the service manual is a purchase only and the vendor is out of stock. Really? What do I do? I am nervous about the brakes on this bike as the guy who I got it from bought it with the brakes taken apart and he put them back together but they seem to hang up sometimes. I also doubt he used DOT-4 fluid when he said he bled them. The front exhaust tube seems to leak where it enters the main pipe and I noticed the clamp on one side is rusted almost completely off.
I hope to work on these issues over the winter but without a manual, I am concerned what to do. I hope this group will be a good resource.

Pete



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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby aj1500 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:24 am

Welcome aboard
there is a ton of knowledge here to be found between the how to articles and the one on one help you will get from members
I rode an 86 Aspy for a little over 6 years and loved it.
there are a few things that you should look at doing first to save yourself some major heartache down the road. 1st being if you can't confirm the belts have been replaced,, replace them now
it's not a bad job and is well worth the 50.00 or so dollars
as for the seal in the front forks leaking and nasty oil, you might want to just go ahead and look at removing them to do a reseal and oil change
while your there might want to consider going to progressive springs. also 12 PSI is a bit much, I think 6 or 8 is the MAX
with progressive springs there is no need for air in the forks
for the rear, soap everything down good when it's full of air to help find the leak, could just be a loose connection or leaking hose

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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby harvey01 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:41 am

PCFree50, You might want to check with: www.helminc.com
They print and sell all Honda owner, shop, electrical, and parts manuals. They do not have all manuals at all times, but when they get enough orders they do print enough copies for all who have expressed a desire. These manuals are exactly the same as the ones from the Honda dealer and the same ones used by the Honda techs.

I doubt if most Honda dealers still have a service manual on hand for a Wing that old. I know when I have taken my 81 CBX to the shop, I will normally take the service manual with it much to the relief of the techs.
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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby MikeB » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:57 pm

PCFree50 wrote:...So I looked up this forum to find out that the service manual is a purchase only and the vendor is out of stock. Really? What do I do?


Try this site Pete https://blog.hookedonsprockets.com/2014/02/23/free-honda-goldwing-service-manuals/. The GL1200 A&D service manual is for a 1984 I think but it will be better than nothing by a long shot.

Haynes also prints a service manual for your GL1200. It is Haynes publication 2199.
Dennis Kirk https://www.denniskirk.com/360310.sku?ad=9455875849 sells them for about $32. You may also find it on the web somewhere as a download.
I found one using this url: http://www.goldwingchrome.com/Manuals/GL1200/Honda%20Goldwing%20GL1200%201984%20to%201987%20Haynes%20Workshop%20Manual.pdf
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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby Happytrails » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:15 pm

Welcome to the forums. If it were me I'd buy a used manual off ebay such as..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-Goldwing-GL1200-Japanese-Motorcycle-Service-Repair-Manual-1984-1987-Book-/122188603435?hash=item1c7302202b:g:HkkAAOSwh2xYBoLQ
If you keep looking you will probably find one for the price and in the condition you want. And I'd recommend getting the Honda service manual.

If the fork seals are leaking I believe you can still buy the parts and the fork oil probably could use changing. Changing the timing belts is a good idea too. If the brakes are hanging up you might want to take a caliper apart and see how everything looks. They are simple to rebuild and you should be able to find the rubber parts to do it. You may need to clean up the pistons a little if they are corroded. The bikes are really well engineered but usually need some tlc due to neglect.
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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby PCFree50 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:17 pm

The back shocks are not holding air. Is it usually a shock thing or an air line thing?

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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby PCFree50 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:00 pm

Happytrails wrote:Welcome to the forums. If it were me I'd buy a used manual off ebay such as..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-Goldwing-GL1200-Japanese-Motorcycle-Service-Repair-Manual-1984-1987-Book-/122188603435?hash=item1c7302202b:g:HkkAAOSwh2xYBoLQ
If you keep looking you will probably find one for the price and in the condition you want. And I'd recommend getting the Honda service manual.

If the fork seals are leaking I believe you can still buy the parts and the fork oil probably could use changing. Changing the timing belts is a good idea too. If the brakes are hanging up you might want to take a caliper apart and see how everything looks. They are simple to rebuild and you should be able to find the rubber parts to do it. You may need to clean up the pistons a little if they are corroded. The bikes are really well engineered but usually need some tlc due to neglect.


I followed your ebay link and bought the manual they had listed. When it gets here I will dive in! Thanks!

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Re: I'm a new member and new Gold Wing owner

Postby Happytrails » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:24 pm

Glad it helped. Looked like a good deal price/condition. :D


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