New to me 1978 Goldwing

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New to me 1978 Goldwing

Postby Bill » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:44 am

I recently became a proud owner of a 78 GL1000 goldwing and I know nothing about motorcycles. It has 9000 actual miles on it and has been kept in a shed all its life. The last time it was ran (about 12 years ago) it was shut down by turning the fuel switch off and letting it run out of fuel. Besides changing all the fluids and installing a new battery is there anything else that you might suggest I do before tring to start it.

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Re: New to me 1978 Goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:33 pm

I'd check the fuel tank for rust. If it wasn't left with a full tank, it will have almost certainly rusted inside - and that will spell doom for your carburetors should rusty fuel get into them. I'd also change the fuel and air filters, and especially the timing belts.

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Re: New to me 1978 Goldwing

Postby Bill » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:42 am

Thanks for the reply. I didn't think of the timing belt, that's a good idea to change that. Thanks

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Re: New to me 1978 Goldwing

Postby oldautoworker » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:51 pm

I too just gotten an 1978 GL 1000. I like it better then the 1985 goldwing that I had last year. I am 62 years old and had an hard time keep the 85 up. I would drop it for no reason then have to pick it up. But this one is an lot better have not droped it yet. The 85 had everything. This 78 had 40,000 when I got it only has 44,000 now. I hope you has as much fun with your as I do mind.

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Re: New to me 1978 Goldwing

Postby TKM » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:27 am

1978 with 9000 miles--great find !!---i am sure you have downloaded the manual from this site
i agree with the the fuel tank, a metal tank sitting for that long, take it out and get it refurbished--They must have clean fresh gas
I would suggest you go to Randakks site, he has a excellent tech tip on awaking sleeping wings--

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