Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Well... as the title says, I needs some help. A friend of mine recently gave me 1977 Glodwing GL1000. And this thing prolly hasn't been started since 1997. I say that because that's the last time it was tagged haha. He said that he was told the transmission is bad, but he gave me a good replacement trans also. But before I actually rule out the trans I want to get it running and see for my self. So before I start it up I want to make sure the brakes are working. So I opened the front brake master cylinder and man what a mess. The inside had a thimble full of drake fluid and a bunch of nasty gooy rust. And their is NOOOO tension on the brake handle. I removed the reservoir for cleaning, and the handle and everything. Now im thinking the thingy that the brake handle pushes against is supposed come out? But seems to be stuck. Is there a way to get it to pop out? Or do I need to buy new parts? I would like fix them. And also, do I even need the front brake? Since this is a project bike, was kinda thinking about removing the front braking system all together. PS I know almost nothing about bikes. This is my first.
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The front brake provides at least 75% of the stopping power, so yes you do need it unless you think you would enjoy riding into things.
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The stock front master cylinder has some well respected technology. Seems that Honda was thinking that low brake effort was bad, so the effort on the stock master cylinder is high. The brakes work well and stopping distance is fine. It is just that it takes a full hand grip to stop the bike. It has been shown that a 15mm master cylinder will work just as well but with modern bike brake effort. Randakk sells a very nice unit, and you can find other alternatives as well. You can also rebuild yours, but care is required due to some very small passages that allow the brakes to release after an application.
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Good luck with your '77. I also have one that I've been working on for about a month now. you gotta post some pics of your new ride. We love pics!
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