77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..


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77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby aurora » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:19 pm



Uncle just passed away and in his motorcade of bikes was a 1977 GL 1000 with 3,800 miles on it.. battery and tires are shot but still has all the fluids in it..been sitting since 2000. He also has a 1977 HondaMatic 750 im thinking.. been sitting since 1990. any value in bringing these motors back to life.. ideas, comments. etc... Thanks



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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:44 pm

If they were put away properly, it's entirely possible the engines would be fine. Some seals might be dry and leaky, but the engines themselves could very well be good to go with a fresh change of fluids.

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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:52 pm

aurora: Yes if you are in to riding this are good bikes,but because they have sat for so long they will need some TLC !. But are well worth the effort.Sorry to hear about your uncle,if you inherited them you are ahead of the game as there was no cost to buy them.If you know a good mech. you could have him check them out, and if your good with tools you can get all the help you need from this site. Just ask and someone here will answer or get you pointed in the right direction a Lot of good guys here and welcome to goldwingdocs.Good luck Hal
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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby aurora » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:34 pm

Not sure what he done to put them up.. Being a Wing rider myself I didn't see the tell tale signs up them being put up right. any idea of a value for these units in working running order? I priced them out on a few sights and came away more confused then I started out...

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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:55 pm

Aurora Try this site for some prices on bikes www.kbb.com You should be able to see what book value is good luck Hal
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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby clarkekw » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:54 pm

I have a '79 GL1000 and love it. I would take the time to have the whole bike looked at by a mechanic you trust familiar with the older models. The book for one in trade-in is about $1100, but that is in good running condition. If you wanted to just sell it as is I would recommend $600-800. If you decide to fix it up good luck and have fun.

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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:30 pm

A '77 with 3800! It's nearly a new bike!
Seriously though, depending as others have said on the way it was stored, it could be a great inheritance. If it was dry stored, change the timing belts before you even think about starting it, you know about the tyres and battery, strip the brakes and renew the seals ( get them here http://stores.ebay.com/GEORGEFIXS-MOTORCYCLE-PARTS) and fluid, flush the radiator and system out with a hose, check in the fuel tank for rust (if it's rusty, you must sort that out before running it as the carbs on these bikes will not tolerate ANY rust, change the fuel filter, check the rubber brake lines for perishing, drain the oil and change the filter, make sure all the control cables are lubed.
That should just about get you a running bike. After that it's a matter of chasing out the residing gremlins one by one until they're all gone.
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Re: 77 GL 1000 sitting for 10 years..

Postby BlueThunder » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:01 pm

aurora wrote:Uncle just passed away and in his motorcade of bikes was a 1977 GL 1000 with 3,800 miles on it.. battery and tires are shot but still has all the fluids in it..been sitting since 2000. He also has a 1977 HondaMatic 750 im thinking.. been sitting since 1990. any value in bringing these motors back to life.. ideas, comments. etc... Thanks

Absolutely not! Can't be brought back! Give me your address and I'll take those bikes off your hands... no charge. :D




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