78 GL1000 Info


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78 GL1000 Info

Postby flogger » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:49 am



Looking at possibly buying a naked stock GL1000. I am a long time 1500 fully loaded rider... As good a bike? How about compared to the various CB bikes? 900/1000/1100? Even the older CB750 fours? Power to weight issues? I am thinking a daily rider, it has 33,000 on the clock. New stator, carbs cleaned/synced and in good shape... New tires... 2100 asking price... Would want to keep it pristine and stock...


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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby SnoBrdr » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:23 pm

flogger wrote:Looking at possibly buying a naked stock GL1000. I am a long time 1500 fully loaded rider... As good a bike? How about compared to the various CB bikes? 900/1000/1100? Even the older CB750 fours? Power to weight issues? I am thinking a daily rider, it has 33,000 on the clock. New stator, carbs cleaned/synced and in good shape... New tires... 2100 asking price... Would want to keep it pristine and stock...


That's the upper end of the price line as far as I'm concerned.

Have you heard it run?

Were the belts recently changed.

I ride mine around town but it loafs. It's really made to run best at 70 mph+.

But I've had mine since new so I am biased.

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:15 pm

The 78 is better around town with a bit less top end than earlier years . I have a 76 and 77 and enjoy them both.

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby flogger » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:29 pm

I have test driven it and the motor sounds normal and smooth... What are the belts/and their lives? Are you speaking of the cam chain in other bikes? Is anything automatic or self adjusting? All manual?

Is there reference mat here for me to look up routine items and useful yesrs/miles for items? Be great a 1500 owner, I figured 33k miles was nothing... This is at a dealership so price is a bit high, I figured 1800 maybe 1900 was more realistic... I live rural so a daily drive would be 8 miles highway to town... small town... retired too so no real mandatory daily driving
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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby SnoBrdr » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:52 am

flogger wrote:I have test driven it and the motor sounds normal and smooth... What are the belts/and their lives? Are you speaking of the cam chain in other bikes? Is anything automatic or self adjusting? All manual?

Is there reference mat here for me to look up routine items and useful yesrs/miles for items? Be great a 1500 owner, I figured 33k miles was nothing... This is at a dealership so price is a bit high, I figured 1800 maybe 1900 was more realistic... I live rural so a daily drive would be 8 miles highway to town... small town... retired too so no real mandatory daily driving


The timing belts. A belt could look great and break a few minutes later.

The GL is a interference engine, if a belt breaks and there are 2 of them, you could have serious trouble.

At the least you'd probably have a bent valve or several. The worst it goes thru the piston.

The rule of thumb with a bike where you don't know when they were last changed is to change them right away.

If it's at a dealership they should be able to tell you if.when the belts were changed.

Also ask them if they actually did any work on the bike, most dealerships won't tough a bike that old under any circumstance.

Don't know why, they just won't.

Here's another site with tons of info: http://www.ngwclub.com

The more sites/info you can have is better.

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby Fred Camper » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:21 pm

Agree that once you hear it run at idle, and it can rev just a little, then have those belts changed unless they have been changed in the last 5 years. That is the max for belt life even if they still look new and have the writing crisp. Nobody wants to shop for a new engine right away. But these are great bikes with great reliability and the engine is strong and the carbs hold a tune great if you ride the bike and store her properly. NGWCLUB.com is another great resource.

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby dingdong » Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:58 am

The gl1000 is a great all around bike. You should like it. It doesn't have the low end torque like the gl1500 so you won't be riding around town in 5th gear much but that's what the transmission is for. As for the timing belts they are configured just like your 1500. Since you are a long time 1500 rider you should be aware that they both need the belts changed at regular intervals. The mileage or time interval is open for discussion. Nothing is specified by Honda except for inspections. Inspection is a total waste of time as old original belts will look like "new". JMHO $2100 is to high unless it is in restored condition. We like pictures.
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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby flogger » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:50 pm

Here is the link to the Craigslist posting, He is at 2100 and says that's as low as he will go. I think 17 or 1800 is more like it...

http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/mcd/5382104916.html

Would love reviews, they have lots of pix, pix show bike better than it is but it is in good shape... Thank you to those helping and to any new lookers...
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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby SnoBrdr » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:58 pm

flogger wrote:Here is the link to the Craigslist posting, He is at 2100 and says that's as low as he will go. I think 17 or 1800 is more like it...

http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/mcd/5382104916.html

Would love reviews, they have lots of pix, pix show bike better than it is but it is in good shape... Thank you to those helping and to any new lookers...


Pretty bike, it it is not all original.

The exhaust has been changed.

For $2100 I'd expect it to be all original.

The front emblem on the forks is missing as well.

I think 17-1800 is too high but it's not my money.

If it was me I'd give him my info and walk away.

if he sells it, he sells it. If not he might deal with you.

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby flogger » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:12 pm

Yes, I tend to agree... Knew about pipes and emblem... Right side panel had nut I stead of factory fastener... Belts not mentioned but I figured miles were low... Shows age some over all but has little to no rust. I'd guess it was never ignored or never left in a non running/extended stored state... Looks as if it was just used a few times a year/a summer for a long time... Or just a local bike vs a traveler... All gages n lights work... Drove nice but I was cold in 20 weather...
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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby landisr » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:55 pm

One of the pictures makes it look like the right side muffler is discolored/blue a bit, which would indicate that it was running hot on that side at one point. You might ask them about it..

Or are you still considering the purchase?

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Re: 78 GL1000 Info

Postby flogger » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:19 pm

Just reflections but thx... Told me I'd entertain less but haven't heard from them...


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