Hi from the new guy


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foots
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Motorcycle: 1978 GL1000 - current
1998 Valkyrie - current
2008 GSX650F - current
1986 V65 Magna - gone
1980 CB750C - sold
1981 XS850 - sold

Hi from the new guy

Postby foots » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:51 pm



I've got a '78 Wing that I bought last summer from a co-worker and after lurking around here on this site and the naked wing site I figure it was time to register and get in on all of the fun of bringing the old wing back to life. Before I get too far ahead of myself, my name is Joshua. I've been riding since about 2003 and have owned and ridden a few bikes in that time. I started off on a '86 V65 which I really enjoyed but was unfortunately totaled (not by me). My next bike was a nice low mileage '80 CB750C that I sold a few years ago to one of my older brothers and have since been helping him restore. I also had a nice '81 Yamaha XS850 triple - the standard model, not the "special" that I regretfully sold to a former friend of mine. In 2008 I bought a new Suzuki GSX650F as I wanted a comfortable non-cruiser bike to commute on. Fast forward to the beginning of last summer I came across a very nice '98 Valkyrie with low mileage and several nice accessories such as Cobra 6 into 6 pipes, Ultimate seats w/ front and rear passenger backrests,saddle bags, some chrome goodies and full service records. I've recently installed a stock exhaust and a Goodyear Tripletread car tire. The Valk is a fantastic bike to ride and does everything well except one thing - it just doesn't have that "old jap bike feel" to it that I love so much, which led to the purchase of the Goldwing. Now my plans for the new to me wing are to do a good restoration/upgrade and give my Valk to my dad.



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JellyBelly
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Location: Southaven, MS
Motorcycle: 2000 Valkyrie GL1500
1978 GL1000 cafe racer (sold)
1977 GL1000 (sold)
1976 GL1000 (parting out)
1985 KZ550 (sold)
2006 CFMoto V5 (sold)
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Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby JellyBelly » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:32 pm

Glad you stopped stalking and signed up :-)
I love the GL1000's. I'm a wingnut through and through. I like to take junk yard / craigslist / barn finds and restore them to sell. It's good fun if you have the time and patience (and funds)
I like them better than the new bikes because I hate the electronics of the new ones. My wife wanted a turn and go bike so I bought her a CF Moto v5. Darn thing gives me troubles all the time :-(
I love my wings (both Hot and Gold) - check out my blog @ http://wingthing1000.blogspot.com/

Former 76, 77, and 78 GL1000 owner...Upgraded to a Chromed out Valkyrie

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thrasherg
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Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby thrasherg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:54 pm

Welcome to the club, be sure to post plenty of pics of your wing as you do it up.. We will even tolerate pics of Valky's!! :lol:

Gary

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Placerville
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Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby Placerville » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:34 pm

Welcome from California.
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
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wjnfirearms
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Location: Portersville, Pennsylvania
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000
1980 KZ750 LTD
2007 H-D XL1200C
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Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:27 am

Welcome. You'll enjoy your time spent here for sure.

I also had an XS850, an '81. It too was a Special, not a Midnight. I was dropping my XS400 off at the Yamaha dealer for a generator upgrade and saw it brand new on the showroom floor. It was completely dressed and color matched, Pacifico fairing and hard bags. Gunmetal grey. I liked it so much, I bought it right on the spot. I never thought to ask if it came that way from Yamaha or the dealership did it. I'm thinking the dealership did it as I never saw another anywhere like it. Never had a lick of problems with 850. The early Kawasaki triples had issues with the center cylinder becoming porous and failing to fire after miles which was a non repairable problem. Not the Yamahas. Out of all the bikes I've owned, I miss that one the most.

I like them better than the new bikes because I hate the electronics of the new ones. My wife wanted a turn and go bike so I bought her a CF Moto v5. Darn thing gives me troubles all the time :-(

Read more: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16300&p=85904#p85904#ixzz2PUe29oUE


JB, you mean the bike or the wife? :P
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JellyBelly
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Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:39 am
Location: Southaven, MS
Motorcycle: 2000 Valkyrie GL1500
1978 GL1000 cafe racer (sold)
1977 GL1000 (sold)
1976 GL1000 (parting out)
1985 KZ550 (sold)
2006 CFMoto V5 (sold)
Contact:

Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby JellyBelly » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:41 am


JB, you mean the bike or the wife? :P



Haha...both...lol
I love my wings (both Hot and Gold) - check out my blog @ http://wingthing1000.blogspot.com/

Former 76, 77, and 78 GL1000 owner...Upgraded to a Chromed out Valkyrie

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foots
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Location: Port Barre, LA
Motorcycle: 1978 GL1000 - current
1998 Valkyrie - current
2008 GSX650F - current
1986 V65 Magna - gone
1980 CB750C - sold
1981 XS850 - sold

Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby foots » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:52 am

Thanks folks, for the warm welcome. The friendly atmosphere here is one of the main reasons I signed up.

Not to get too off topic but strangely enough, wjnfirearms' bike and mine were similar. My XS was also grey, and oddly enough it was equipped with hard bags which I "think" may have been factory. The lids were hinged on the outside and opened up away from the bike, which I've never seen before. Regardless, my XS had Harley Sportster mufflers on it and that triple sounded great with them. At idle/low rpm it rumbled, revved up under a load and it growled like a mad dog :twisted: .

Back to GW. The previous owner did ride this bike a little and replaced the head gaskets and fuel pump on it but quit riding it when the fuel pump started leaking again a few years back. Thankfully the engine isn't frozen as I found out when pushing it on the trailer to get it home (thanks to a worn out rocker shifter that was stuck in gear). My plan of attack is to work on one system at a time. I'm going to pull the engine and do a compression test on it after changing the timing belts of course. Then new fuel pump, water pump, head gaskets, clutch, stator, switches, gaskets, seals, ect... This bike has only 41,000 miles but I'm going to do everything I can with the engine out and of course take many pictures, because we all love pictures don't we?, and I'll need plenty of pictures to refer to when the time comes to put everything back together.

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Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:58 am

Yes pictures are a must, we beg until you post a picture a day or so, lol. You plan will give you lots of confidence in the wing and they deserve that kind of confidence.

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themainviking
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Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby themainviking » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:09 pm

Welcome foots. This a great forum and it is the people, you included, who make it great.

And I wish I was your dad, :lol:
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

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portugeezer
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Location: Mchenry, Illinois
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1982 Gl500
1984 Honda Magna V30

Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby portugeezer » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:02 pm

Welcome! Good to have ya! I wish I was your Dad. I would look pretty cool on a Valkyre!

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wjnfirearms
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Re: Hi from the new guy

Postby wjnfirearms » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:03 am

Not to get too off topic but strangely enough, wjnfirearms' bike and mine were similar. My XS was also grey, and oddly enough it was equipped with hard bags which I "think" may have been factory. The lids were hinged on the outside and opened up away from the bike, which I've never seen before. Regardless, my XS had Harley Sportster mufflers on it and that triple sounded great with them. At idle/low rpm it rumbled, revved up under a load and it growled like a mad dog :twisted: .

Read more: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16300&p=85991#p85991#ixzz2PaNvdtZy



Yep, same bags as mine. They worked great as a cooler. Did that once on a midnight run with several co-workers after a PM turn one summer. 8-)


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