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dan3200
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Location: Mounds, OK.
Motorcycle: 1979 GL1000 stock
1980 GL1100I Interstate

Old Wings

Postby dan3200 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:45 pm



Just wanted to drop in, I have been working on a "Ready To RUN" GL100 for the last 12 years.
It seem like every time I get one thing fixed something else breaks and I have to shelf it till get more pennies for parts.
Granted it a blast to work on the bike, but I wish I could ride it more, guess I'll just have to settle for my trusty MAGNA 750 for transport.
Winter is a good time to work on things.



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HALBUDD
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Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200a&1985GL1200A & 1996 gl 1500 aspy. us army 74-77

Re: Old Wings

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:56 pm

dan3200 12years thats a long time,hope most of it was spent riding. Hal
A woman that can use tools is worth her weight in gold !!

ARKnapp
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Location: Orangeville, ON
Motorcycle: 1980-1100

Re: Old Wings

Postby ARKnapp » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:31 am

An old wing needs constant care but you must start by making it a new old wing by updating every system, like electrical, engine, brakes, suspension etc to an as new condition. Without doing the real maintenance will a start point you will forever be behind the 8 ball.

When the bike is as new condition that starting point is the new beginning of wear and with properly timed PM you can then govern the breakdowns.

I have a 1980, 31 year old 1100. I did the correct thing and rebuilt it from the ground up by inspecting everything, tearing it apart and putting it back together and removing the crap repairs done by the 8 PO. Now 6 years later it has never let me down, but I do routine and timely PM to keep it as built in 1980.

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Re: Old Wings

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:56 am

ARKnapp wrote:An old wing needs constant care but you must start by making it a new old wing by updating every system, like electrical, engine, brakes, suspension etc to an as new condition. Without doing the real maintenance will a start point you will forever be behind the 8 ball.

When the bike is as new condition that starting point is the new beginning of wear and with properly timed PM you can then govern the breakdowns.

I have a 1980, 31 year old 1100. I did the correct thing and rebuilt it from the ground up by inspecting everything, tearing it apart and putting it back together and removing the crap repairs done by the 8 PO. Now 6 years later it has never let me down, but I do routine and timely PM to keep it as built in 1980.


I couldn't agree more with this. More than anything, this applies to the electrical system, I think. I was astounded by just how much crap had been installed by incompetent PO's...I repeatedly kept shaking my head wondering what they were thinking.

wingnzj
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Location: Aloha, OR
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100I

Re: Old Wings

Postby wingnzj » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:33 pm

When you get a nice older wing that has had PO's that think they know what they are doing and don't. I spent 20 hours repairing all the messed up wiring in the fairing. Repairing the broken fairing because someone cut to large of hole without supporting the area. Replacing all the wireing under the seat back to the tail and turn lights.

Since the sun is shining no working on her, taking her out for a ride. :D




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