New Member w/Goldwing...few questions


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New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby glclassic1000 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:27 pm



Hello all, Have included a pic of recent cheap purchase. Says it is a 78 GL1000. Obviously has lots of add ons not from 1978. Question is what kind of mileage should I be getting? Also how much oil should it hold? And should it have a dipstick? Just has a twist off cap and I can't see any oil unless I tip bike towards me. Can't find spec in manual just how much fuel it holds not oil.
Also is there a replacement foot shift lever available? lever is too close to engine and just barely reachable with tip of boot.
Anyway, love this site and appreciate any help and/or info. Really enjoying the "new" bike. Used to riding a Sportster.
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:17 pm

It almost looks like you've got a Vetter fairing and some Harley bags on the back.

There's a little sight glass on the right side, below where your foot goes, that shows the oil level.

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby omw41 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:09 pm

Welcome. Nice bike!

Oil capacity should be 3.7 quarts. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

The "sight" glass can be a real pita to read. There is supposed to be a "wiper" on it to help you see better, but mine is pretty much useless. You can do a dipstick add on. It's pretty simple to do.

There are replacement heel/toe shifters.

Check Dennis Kirk, Old Bike Barn, Sabre Cycle, J.C. Whitney, and Motorcycle Super Store for both the dipstick and shifters.
Your local NAPA should carry oil filters for the rig.

I hope this helped.

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby glclassic1000 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:25 am

Thanks for all the help. Also it is a Vetter fairing and I believe the bags are Harley. Although the latches say Suzuki on them.
Any ideas on gas mileage? Manual says should hold 5.3 gallons but most I have been able to put in is 3.5 gals and can only run approx 100 miles then need to fill up again. I like the bike but am thinking of a possible trade up for a newer one.
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby TKM » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:02 am

hey
the bike must be on the centre stand to check the oil , the capacity is as stated earlier, and as said the sight glass on the right while on the bike ( this old guy must get down on the knees with a flashlight )
Gas mileage 30 plus , i got 33 MPG (US ) on my 76 this spring and was very satisfied with that
Fuel 19 litres/5 US gallons
New to you Goldwing, change the timing belts
Try to source a manual , it will help a lot
I think you have a very special find--enjoy
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby glclassic1000 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:30 am

could not find a sight glass. (see pic) also included pic of shifter. Too short can only use toe of boot and cause for miss shift.
not a bad purchase for $800.00
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby omw41 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:15 am

Isn't the sight glass on the same side as the shifter? Also, I noticed you have running boards. These may (I stress may) be causing you to have the shifter trouble. I see you have a crash bar with pegs. I find that stock foot pegs near the shifter, and crash bar pegs for stretching out are all I need.

Mileage depends on a lot of factors. Driving style, tune-up condition, weight... I think a more reasonable expectation for a loaded wing that may ned a tuneup is between 25 and thirty miles to the gallon. Just my opinion. Still not bad for a motor that is 31years old!!!!

You stole it for 800.00

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby TKM » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:26 am

Hey
believe it or not your sight glass is level or slightly below your floor boards , take a look under the boards with a light-- the glass will be dirty , the 78's are equipped with a small screw which operates a small brush inside the glass
Like i said knees and a flashlight
Your floor boards are after market, what they require to go with them is a heel toe shifter which is usually sold with the boards
i believe they have a want ads on this form, see if someone has a extra heel toe in their parts bin they will sell
I think it is a very good buy for that $ , especially if it is on the road
Terry

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:01 pm

These pictures show the oil level window - you can see all of them here: How to change your engine oil

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby glclassic1000 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:12 pm

Hey Thanks everyone. The pic of sight glass was super helpful. Also bike had a heel toe shifter on it when I got it but was harder to manage than short shifter because it put the pad back so far I was constantly missing it. Also put fresh fuel and Sea Foam in it and after second tank it runs better and cleaner.
Thanks for all the help.

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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:42 am

glclassic1000 wrote:Thanks for all the help. Also it is a Vetter fairing and I believe the bags are Harley. Although the latches say Suzuki on them.
Any ideas on gas mileage? Manual says should hold 5.3 gallons but most I have been able to put in is 3.5 gals and can only run approx 100 miles then need to fill up again. I like the bike but am thinking of a possible trade up for a newer one.
Thanks again


You are aware of the reserve position on the fuel tap?. On main with the tap pointing up, you should get around120-130 miles depending on the riding style. Turned to reserve, pointing down, should give you about another 50.
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby dingdong » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:19 am

Wow! What a great looking bike. If you don't know, the trunk is from a gl1500. Someone put a lot of work into that bike.
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Re: New Member w/Goldwing...few questions

Postby curtis71 » Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:58 am

If u r new to the older wings make sure to change the timing belts,one of those break and u just lost the great find of 800 dollars,not a hard job to do and inexpensive,just a little time consuming,think there is a diy topic




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