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portugeezer
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Update

Postby portugeezer » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:43 am



Well I have been working on the GL1000 whenever work is slow. I have at least 20 hours in it but progress is being made. I have located most parts that I needed and I am leaving in a bit to go down to Joliet to get the last parts I needed. The bike is pretty much back together. Everything is working. I decided to paint everything black because I don't want to have trouble finding the same color as I find better parts to swap to as time goes on. Some of the chrome is very tarnished and I will be looking for better parts. I'm worried about the fork seals! I might just look for some forks that are in good shape. I will for sure be riding by the time spring hits!



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84 GL 1200 I

Re: Update

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:00 am

20 hours...... :o and everything works???? :shock:

You must be a super serviceman. :D

I probably spent 20 hours a week for 4 months to just "go over" my 1100 getting it ready for the first ride.

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Re: Update

Postby portugeezer » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:01 pm

I live not far from Chicago,Milwaukee,and Rockford so finding the parts was a bit of a task but I didn't have to wait for anyone to ship anything from Ebay! I guess I do work pretty fast! Lots of years of wrenching on things helps there! I ran into a few snags but got them sorted out. Most of what's left is paint! I have some experience refinishing electric guitars and I have even done a couple of bikes. I'm not a pro but I guess considering I'm bringing a burnt up bike back from the dead my paint will be good enough. I found some perfect fenders today and a set of forks from a bike with 7,000 miles on it. I bought them. The bike will have a bit of shine! I put new seals on the forks that are on the bike but I'm not sure if they made it through the fire and IMO it's too much work doing seals on forks that tear them up because there is an imperfection on them. I helped a friend replace his on his Intruder after a fire and they leaked again right away!

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Fred Camper
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Re: Update

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:13 pm

Might want to look careful at the rubber stuff, like I would suggest you consider belt replacement again due to possible heat damage. But wow, glad to see you are making so much progress. Are you going after the other bikes too, like the Magna? Great news.

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Re: Update

Postby portugeezer » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:37 am

Well, Fred the Aspencade is too far gone but the Magna is going to get fixed. I ride that thing around town a lot! It's light,fast,nimble and the hydraulic clutch and cushy seat make it really nice to ride! I would highly recommend a Magna V30 to any new rider. Great bike! I had a 1994 Magna 750. It looked awsome and was really fast! What I didn't like was how long it was and the fact that it really wasn't a great bike for long rides and it was too big for around town stuff. I rode KZ400's and 440's for years. I liked the old mid sized twins. The 500cc Magna is superior to those bikes in every way! I have grown to love these old Goldwings too! I love the feel and balance. I have always been impressed by anything durable! I just love old Japanese bikes! I will post pics when my Wing is more presentable! I know better than to say done because I know I'm never really done! LOL!

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Re: Update

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:50 am

Appreciate the comments on the Magna V30, never new it was a bike to consider. I too like the mid size twins. I had a GPz 550 for years, and that is just a touch bigger than I want now for a town bike. One of the twins would work well also. Decisions, decisions.

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Re: Update

Postby portugeezer » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:31 pm

The Magna V30 is a V4. It's liqiud cooled and has the hydraulic clutch. I got it dirt cheap because the brakes were locking up intermittently. The PO brought it to a shop and they were stumped. They wanted to rebuild the master and front caliper. I found a tiny piece of gravel on the brake lever cam that was getting hung up in there. I was going to fix it and resell it but I liked it too much. I actually laugh when I ride it. Keeps up with the singer in my bands Ultra without a problem!

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Re: Update

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:47 pm

What kind of gas milage will that V-4 Magna V30 deliver at best? Certain seems like a nice second ride.

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Re: Update

Postby portugeezer » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:38 am

The Magna gets 50-55 MPG consistenly. If you really want mileage and aren't embarassed I had a Honda Reflex scooter for about 4 years that I used to ride to work. The fastest I ever went on that was 70 MPH and it got 75-80 MPG every time I filled up. It was like riding a jet ski on land! When I had that bike everyone would give me the business for riding a scooter so I would say things like "hey nothing screams the word stud quite like a scooter" I sold it to a friend because when I started working for myself I no longer had a commute. The bike was sitting for months at a time because I would ride my 750 Magna on the weekends or on bike runs. I always say if something says Honda it's always a good one of whatever it is! I have only ridden a Harley twice in my life and I don't get it at all! They have really nice chrome and ummmmm the chrome is nice. I like smooth and just a little noise.




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