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sam6942
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Newbie winger

Postby sam6942 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:05 pm



Hey all, I'm im the process of getting a 'new' '76 GL1000. I keep seeing them come up so it looks like I found a good one. I'm not really THAT new to bikes, I have an '82 CB450 Nighthawk that I've taken down and put back up. Clutch, swing arm, forks, etc. I'm not so heavy on engine work other than spark plugs, though, but I don't mind getting my hands dirty as long as I have my Haynes manual close by ;) . Trying to see if I can find any common issues with this bike and any tips/tricks anyone might offer. I am 27 (a young-un, I know...) and live in Kitsap County, WA, however I will be temporarily relocating to San Diego until May.


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Re: Newbie winger

Postby kmassey » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:34 pm

Replace the timing belts right away.
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Re: Newbie winger

Postby sfruechte » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:13 pm

How many miles are on the bike?

It's probably time to change the timing belts but I did run my originals 33 years and 216,000 miles.

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Re: Newbie winger

Postby sam6942 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:49 pm

The guy said new front tire, front/rear brakes, and new timing belt 11k miles ago. Not sure how old that is in "bike miles", but sounds good to me? Of course I'll do the usual- check/replace all fluids, new plugs/wires if needed, etc. I did notice it runs a bit.. off? it sounds funny to me, but I don't know how this engine is supposed to sound. I think it might be in the drive though, I think it changed with speed. I'm also new to shaft drive, is there anything I should be aware of for maintenance or anything?

Thanks!
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Re: Newbie winger

Postby sfruechte » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:07 pm

Your timing belts should be good, you might visually check them and check the tension when you find the time.
Plug wires, if stock are wired right into the coils but are copper, so they don't usually go bad. You can buy just the plug caps from NGK and they screw into the end of the wire (left hand threads) if needed. You can cut an 1/8 inch or so off the end of the plug wire to get fresh copper before you screw in the new ones.

I think valve lash adjustments are extremely important. If you let a valve get tight (not enough clearance) it will burn because it doesn't close all the way. The adjustments are real easy on a goldwing and they change less and less the older the bike gets, (on mine anyway).

How does the engine act that you think it sounds a bit off? When it's running right, it should be real smooth, like a turbine or electric motor.

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Re: Newbie winger

Postby sam6942 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:09 am

Well, it was near freezing and the engine hadn't warmed yet, but it sounded a bit like one of the plugs was missing. Not entirely uncommon with any vehicle- especially an older one. He also mentioned that it's extremely cold-blooded.
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Re: Newbie winger

Postby Old Fogey » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:39 am

Hi and welcome to the Wingworld!

GL1000s are a bit coldbloodied but it sounds as though the carbs need a clean out. For all the carb (and other) info you could ever need check out Randakks site here.Warning: a packed lunch and a coffee flask might be in order as you could be there a long time! :lol:
http://www.randakks.com/
As long as the engine has not been sitting for some considerable time your belts should be fine. Other than if they are fraying (unlikely) you cannot tell anything from a visual inspection of them.

Plenty of info on here to get your new toy running right along with loads on other sites.

There is an excellent post on NGW entitled 'new-to -you' which covers pretty well all the stuff you need to check on your new acquisition.
http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13133

This is the page for most regular maintenance tips
http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13133

And check out my own site for more
http://www.wingovations.com/

That little lot should keep you busy for the next year or two!
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Re: Newbie winger

Postby usmc1000 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:28 am

Well, the "newbie" title certainly caught my eye on this list of posts and it certainly applies to me. On 18 Dec I picked up my first, new-to-me 2008 GL1800 Gold Wing with Navigation and Comfort packages. Current tires are 500 miles young with less than 31,000 miles on the bike. This is my fourth bike, but haven't ridden since the early 90s. I've always looked at Gold Wings and said there was a Gold Wing "somewhere" in my future. Well, the future has arrived and I couldn't be more excited! Jack Dougherty

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Re: Newbie winger

Postby sam6942 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:53 pm

Well, those sites look very helpful. Thanks, Old Fogey! I'll post more after I actually have the bike..
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Re: Newbie winger

Postby 78AzWing » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:21 pm

If you did not see the previous owner install the timing belts with your own eyes, replace them.
Better to replace unknown good ones, than to run it and have one break, leaving you not only stranded, but having to replace either a head and valves, or at least valves on one side, and probably both sides.

I would much rather spend 50 bucks for the belts than all the money required to replace the valves and gaskets.


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