1979 GL 1000 barn find


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Hank1996
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Motorcycle: 1979 GL1000

1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby Hank1996 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:35 pm



1979 GL1000
1979 GL1000
I just got a 1979 barn find from the original owner with 4000 miles on it. Pretty excited to be back on 2 wheels after a 35 year break. The tires are shot so I'm wondering if anyone can help me select some oversized rubber in the bobber style, which is where I plan to head with this project. I know the original OEM sizes and that the factory 5 spoke wheels are tube style. What I need is a proper size for the look I'm after. Once it's rolling again I'm sure I'll need lots of help getting it running so thanks in advance.



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HawkeyeGL1200
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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:47 am

You'll have to wait for one of the smarter guys to get tire size information. I just wanted to say, welcome to the site.. and congratulations of finding a diamond in the rough there... 4000 miles is barely break in... and I imagine there aren't going to be very many GL1000's that cool running around Guam, except for yours of course.!!!
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

sfruechte
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000

Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby sfruechte » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:56 am

Do you plan to use the stock wheels or go to one of the old classic mags like Lester where the GL1000 wheel was actually a 16 inch and might have more options? The Lester wheel uses the spline, etc from the original. The Lester also allows tubeless tires which the stock Comstars do not.

SnoBrdr
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Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:42 pm

sfruechte wrote:Do you plan to use the stock wheels or go to one of the old classic mags like Lester where the GL1000 wheel was actually a 16 inch and might have more options? The Lester wheel uses the spline, etc from the original. The Lester also allows tubeless tires which the stock Comstars do not.


Good luck finding a Lester wheel set for that bike without spending much, much more than the bike is worth. BTW, the 79 should be tubeless.

If the bike truly has only 4k miles on it, it has probably sat for the last 30 years.

Basically in that case just about everything rubber will need to be replaced. Belts first, carbs done, break hoses, caliper and masters all need to be rebuilt.

Clean out the gas tank, replace the belts.

The best thing to do is go here: http://www.randakksblog.com/starting-a-gl1000-after-a-long-lay-up/.

Looking at the picture I would have thought that the bike would have fared better in Guam. Guess not tho.

sfruechte
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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby sfruechte » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:07 pm

I have a new rear Lester in the box but never received the front.

Everything mentioned above is good to check but they are not all automatically bad. The original materials in these bikes were pretty sound. I just changed the original belts in my 77 that I bought new a couple of years ago when my bike had 216,000 miles. They still looked like new, no seperation, square teeth and they are still very tough. The only reason I replaced them was I had to remove one of them anyway to replace a cam shaft seal. And if you do not have gasahol(ethanol) in Guam, you might get lucky with the gas tank and everything fuel related. Gasoline doesn't draw moisture like alcohol and the gasoline residue in neglected bikes used to be powdery and golden in color and almost disolve in new gas. With gasahol, you are more likely to have a black, hard as a rock coating that is hard to cut even with lacquer thinner. If you use lacquer thinner, keep it away from anything rubber, even keep the fumes away from anything rubber unless you want that rubber to expand to about twice its original size. The rubber does return to its normal size somehow after seperated from the lacquer thinner. You'll be able to tell pretty easy if the brakes cylinders need work, they will either be mushy or they won't release but they shouldn't be worn out. Either way at least change the brake fluid. Randakk's list is great and he is pretty close to a perfectionist. Perfection isn't always attainable for the rest of us.

Good luck, there should be a lot of life left in that old bike.

Hank1996
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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby Hank1996 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:06 pm

This is the info I need. THANKS! I already plan to follow the engine starting procedure mentioned and plan to take it slow. I am learning that the tire/wheel swap is more complex than I am capable of right now. I will look at the lesters though.

The bike was purchased new on Saipan (Google it), shipped to San Fran by the owner unassembled in the crate. After assembly he rode it to Florida and back to Arkansas where he crated it again and shipped it to Guam and never road it again. Guams environment is VERY corrosive (salt air) so the aluminum is very cloudy and the mufflers have rotted right thru on the bottom. I think, with only 4k miles, it should be salvageable. We'll see...

Gowerbikes
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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby Gowerbikes » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:11 pm

So strange you'd find this, I'm in Canada (Ontario) and was at a car wreckers last week and they had
A 1979 Gl100 with only 9KM's on it, the guy rode it home from the dealers and had a car accident the same night and put the bike inside, never rode it ...until Oct '14 then let the wrecker have it.. I looked at it couple of times all original .. BUT I already have 3.. So passed, it sold for $2500. Guess it was worth it??
Anyway, thought I'd add to your barn find..

SnoBrdr
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Re: 1979 GL 1000 barn find

Postby SnoBrdr » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:29 pm

Gowerbikes wrote:So strange you'd find this, I'm in Canada (Ontario) and was at a car wreckers last week and they had
A 1979 Gl100 with only 9KM's on it, the guy rode it home from the dealers and had a car accident the same night and put the bike inside, never rode it ...until Oct '14 then let the wrecker have it.. I looked at it couple of times all original .. BUT I already have 3.. So passed, it sold for $2500. Guess it was worth it??
Anyway, thought I'd add to your barn find..


Without pictures and actually seeing the bike one cannot say.




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