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waldburger56
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1970 H.D. Hardtail

Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby waldburger56 » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:57 pm



Greetings, I am brand new here, and brand new to Goldwings! I am the new owner of a 1982 GL1100, I think Interstate. It has 22,000 miles (original) on it and has been parked in covered and heated garage for many years. The former owner passed on, and the son started it while on the center stand weekly and ran it to normal operating temp and cycled it up and down thru the gears. Other than an idle problem, and needing tires, it seems in very good shape. I rode it home (carefully) and other than the fact it wants to idle at 2800 to 3000 rpm, it seems to be in good shape. (used 1.5 gallons U.S. in 84 miles) I have changed the oil and filter, replaced the air filter and I am now looking for someone to rebuild and synch the carbs for a price under an arm and leg. anyone have any suggestions as to what else I need to do to insure this bike remains running and reliable?

Thank you ALL in advance for your consideration and advice!

Jeff in Portland, Oregon



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trike lady
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Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby trike lady » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:34 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
Do you have any small 'Mom & Pop' shops in your area that can handle bikes with multi-carb set ups?
Have you changed out the coolant? Use a silicate free one, you can also use the Honda Automobile Coolant this is what I have been told by those who changed it and they said the only difference was the color.
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Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:09 am

You should be thinking about changing all the fluids (Brake, coolant, engine, transmission, etc) you have already done some, but most importantly look at changing the timing belts. They do not like to be left static for long periods of time (Years) and if they fail it is a major expense to fix. As the bike sounds to be running very well (Except the idle, but I suspect that will be fixed with a carb clean and just using the bike) it would be wise to change the 2 timing belts before they fail..

Gary

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waldburger56
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1982 H.D. FLH
1970 H.D. Hardtail

Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby waldburger56 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:04 pm

Thank you for the information! Thus far this is what I have done: oil and filter change, chassis lube, brake fluid flush and fill. I am going to our local Honda auto dealer after lunch to get the coolant so I can drain, flush and fill the cooling system. I am still on the hunt for a smaller shop to have the carbs cleaned and synched, as of right now, the cheapest quote I have gotten is $400.00. I am not cheap mind you, but I still have to put new tires on this beast, and after reading your responses here, I am going to change out the timing belts.

Once again, thank you!

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Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:12 pm

Do look on this site for timing belts, the Honda ones are very expensive there are many good aftermarket belts (Napa, etc) that are much much cheaper than the Honda but labor charges can be quite steep if you are not doing the work yourself!! There are several "HOW TO's" on this site for changing the belts that are worth looking at and might convince you to do it yourself and save a nice bit of money!!

If the idle is too high but you can ride with it, I would suggest putting some sea foam in your gas tank and riding a few tank fulls of gas (with sea foam) and see if that cleans it up? It's not as good as actually dismantling the carbs, but it might be good enough to get the bike running nicely and it's a lot cheaper than paying someone to clean the carbs. If it does cure the problem, then keep running with sea foam for a few more tank fulls just to completely clean the fuel system.

Gary

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Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:16 pm

Welcome to the site.... :D

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Re: Brand new to this board, and to Goldwings!

Postby waldburger56 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:46 pm

Thank you Gary for the tip, as soon as I read it I went up to the local auto parts store and got a can of Seafoam ($9.99 USD) and before I left their lot I poured in the recommended amount and then filled the tank. I will give that a try and if it improves I will take your advice and continue to add it for 4 or 5 more tanks full!

I found a of timing belts for the reasonable cost of $43.00 USD from a place in upstate N.Y. called Old Bike Barn, but before I make that purchase I am going to do some more research and see if I cant get the belts here locally as you suggested.

Thank you again for your advice and assistance!

Jeff
Portland, Oregon




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