how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100


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how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:46 pm



I last rode a Vt500 and i am wanting to step up to a 77 gl1000 will i have any problems riding the goldwing? I am 5 foot 8 and 140 pounds, if that helps



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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:10 am

If you know how to ride, then you will be okay. The GL1000 is bigger and heavier. A little care while getting used to it and Bob's your uncle.
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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:40 am

It's a Bull, better hold on :lol: It's got a lot of power man, and you are a light guy,,, Hold on dude... :lol: It's gonna be a blast to ride... :lol: Not making fun of you man, but I top out at 250 and my 1100 moves with my fat ass on it something quick man, those 1000s are really fast bikes...lol Welcome to the site....Never ever take anything I say personally .... :D

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:31 am

1977gl wrote:I last rode a Vt500 and i am wanting to step up to a 77 gl1000 will i have any problems riding the goldwing? I am 5 foot 8 and 140 pounds, if that helps

my niece went from riding my nighthawk 450 to her '79 wing
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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:33 am

ya i hear they are not to hard to ride, not as hard as they may look lol, i always loved the look of the old gl1000's without the trunk on em myself

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:02 am

she has a nekked 1100 now, sometimes we take road trips and she rides my 1200 aspencade
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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby harvey01 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:05 am

1977gl,

If you start slow and take it easy you should be able to adjust to the very different type bike quite easily. It is heavier, larger, and probably a little less nimble. Before riding I do urge you to sit on the Wing and make sure you can comfortably reach all the controls and feel comfortable with your feet down holding the Wing up. Both bikes are older so their brakes will probably require more pressure than a newer bike and take a while to stop. Those brake lines if original are probably worn out and swell whenever brakes are applied.

You don't mention your riding experience but if you have not had a basic riding course I would urge you to take one.

Also slow speed handling may be a little different as the weight and size of the Wing will cause some differences. Take your time and do a lot of practice in parking lots.
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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:32 am

ya, I plan on doing a full tune up on the bike beforehand, i have heard the wings are not too difficult to ride, just take time to adjust riding technique with that heavy a bike

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:50 pm

The issue will be stopping, not riding. Just be sure you have suitable footing before a stop, on an off camber corner if the wrong foot goes down, it can take you by surprise and leave you with to little reaction time.

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Hey can you let us know how you enjoy the ride ? thanks man... :D

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:17 pm

I sure will the guy is suppose to be delivering it to me by 6 tonight, way excited as i have always adored the gl1000's , even more so sense it don't have the trunk, don't know about ya'all but i never cared for the trunks on em lol, that and its all original even the paint

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:36 pm

runs awesome , day from night compared to the 500 i rode before, lots more comfortable too, good power curve, overall i like the bike, the weight will take some getting used too tho.

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:39 pm

F---ing A man... awesome..just awesome.. You are the man... :lol:

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:25 am

Just remember these are piston and valve interference engines. If your cam belts break, you shop for a new engine. So if you do now the belts were replaced in the last 5 years, bests to do it yourself.

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:51 am

ya a tad bit worried cause it knocks a bit when it is cold til it warms up goes away if you give it throttle , not sure what that might be, worries me

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:20 am

These bikes are cold natured, mine takes a little bit to warm up and then It's good to go..

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby spiralout » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:28 am

1977gl wrote:ya a tad bit worried cause it knocks a bit when it is cold til it warms up goes away if you give it throttle , not sure what that might be, worries me

Sounds like the primary chain. It rattles more than knocks, though. A carb synch will help with that.

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:16 pm

ya been thinking the carb synch is off a bit, heard its quite common with this vintage of goldwing, or Honda for that matter if the sit for awhile, the symptoms seem to be the primary chain, I hope.

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:17 pm

I noticed when i put the clutch in it goes away, any ideas on what it might be? its got me in a pretty ticked off mood knowing i spent alot of money to me on a bike that needs more work, nothing new with what i buy anymore lately tho

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:42 pm

not being there, it is hard to troubleshoot the noise, but I suspect the same source as some of the other respondents: Your carbs need to be balanced.
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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:38 pm

It does this noise after it's been warmed up good? Or when it's cold still?

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:53 pm

it does it when its really cold, from the right side of the motor, when you put in the clutch it quits down a bit tho no matter how cold or when you put the choke on

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:13 pm

One of these old school 1000 guys will chime in soon here, you have points in the ignition my doesn't... I can tell you this though,, if it does this after it's warmed up well, you have something going on that probably needs fixing,,, these bikes have to warm up well at least my 1100 does...Could be a carb sync. as noted or the points need adjusting I don't know, might have a bad coil, or wire caps, or wires, lots of stuff it could be... someone that does will be along soon...

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Re: how hard will it be for me going from a mighty small vt500 to gl100

Postby 1977gl » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:20 pm

ya thinking its a sync issue , points may be off as well, it set for awhile




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