Never fear, Optimurph is here!


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Optimurphprime
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Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby Optimurphprime » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:44 pm



Found this site a while back but I am just making my first post since I am finally getting the time to work on my "new" scoot. About 6 months ago I found an add for a 78 GL1000 for sale for $650. I wanted a bigger bike than my V-Star 650 and the wife wanted a touring so I went to check it out. She has all original parts (Vetter fairing and bags). I think the original owner got all the options at the time. She wouldn't idle and was in serious need of some TLC. So far, I have replaced the starter solenoid, rewired the ignition (is there supposed to be an inline fuse there?), new plugs, changed the oil (couldn't get the filter off, have already seen the threads on that). Cleaned her up today and took off the saddle bags (one lid was buggered from the last owner) so I can line up and mount some 40mm ammo cans I've been sitting on for a while (will mount and wire turn signals into them like the original bags). Going to get her registered and insured on monday, then work on getting the radiator flushed and checking on the rad fan. She'll be a true work in progress but it will be good to get riding again. (pics coming soon)

Murph


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Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby thrasherg » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:16 am

Look forward to seeing some pics.. Congrats on getting the bike, I hope you and the missus enjoy riding on it as much as me and my missus do on ours.. :D

Gary

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Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby Optimurphprime » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:20 pm

:D Yea she runs! I had to bypass the fan switch, will order one after work tomorrow. Took her down the road to my father-in-laws air compressor. Boy was that smart. The tires were really low. It's a wonder I made it the 3 miles. Engine temp stayed in range. Now to work on the saddle bags.
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Pics posted

Postby Optimurphprime » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:46 pm

Got my pics uploaded. Even have a pic of my bypassed fan switch. The light bar is gone permanently and I will be working on mounting my ammo can/saddle bags with built in turn signals.
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Re: Pics posted

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:43 pm

Optimurphprime wrote:Got my pics uploaded. Even have a pic of my bypassed fan switch. The light bar is gone permanently and I will be working on mounting my ammo can/saddle bags with built in turn signals.


For those who don't know where to view his pics, you can see them here: Murph's Ride

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Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby Optimurphprime » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:30 pm

Well I thought she was ready to run. Got up wednesday morning, warmed up the bike only for the front brakes to lockup. :( I went by to price a new fan switch and the local dealership wanted $101. I think I'll keep it bypassed for now until I can save up some money. I'll be looking around on the net as well.
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84 GL 1200 I

Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:11 am

First,No as far as I know,there is not a fuse in the ignition circuit.Front brake lockup is commonly caused by the pressure bleeder port plugged.This port is in the master cylinder and is fairly easy to clean out.The very best improvement to my gl1000 was adding electronic ignition and a electric fuel pump.It was altered for 2.5 psi.Sync the carbs for a smooth acceleration.

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Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby Optimurphprime » Sat May 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Well the engine is really strong, doesn't feel old and worn out. Definitely adding new handle bars to my list. My arms are stretched all the way out and the grips aren't high enough for the way I like it. Need to get a taller windshield for the fairing, i don't like to look through one but just over it. And of course as in my other thread, still working on the brakes. She rides straight although i think I need to tweak the fairing a little to the left. So all and all, I am pretty happy with her so far. Still getting used to how she feels, very different from my V-star.
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Re: Never fear, Optimurph is here!

Postby Fred Camper » Sun May 15, 2011 8:08 am

Good progress. Keep in mind that if you do a search on early GL, you will find much on front brake feel. GL's have plenty of disc and stop just fine. But the effort at the lever is much higher than modern bikes. This is reportedly due to the 17 mm master cylinder piston that Honda used, compared to a more optimal piston diameter of 14 to 16 mm. So if you would rather have front brake lever efforts closer to your other bike, a master cylinder from Randakk or other sources with a 14-16 mm piston really is a nice addition. The disc's are plenty strong, but for me it is more confidence inspiring when you only need to used two finders to actuate them.




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