My 1978 Honda Goldwing

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My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by maesgrampy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:20 pm

Purchased bike for $400.00 from neighbor who has not ridden it in about 2 years. Have gone through and checked a few things. No front or rear brakes! Would like to know how to bleed the system properly. Throttle cable seems to be "stuck".........?? Also clutch friction point would be very hard to find as I cannot get the clutch lever in with my left hand? Suggestions and comments "PLEASE!!" Would like to get this bike running again soon.

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by CapnDenny1 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:56 pm

Was it stored outside in the weather? Are the cables rusted?

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:45 pm

I'd guess you need to be replacing the throttle cables and clutch cable (and probably the choke as well). It's pretty similar to the GL1100, and instructions on replacing them on the GL1100, as well as bleeding brakes, can be seen here:

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by Oldewing » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:49 pm

Pop over to and go to shop talk, there is all the info on wakeing these girls up from a nap...
you can go exactly .4 miles with the petcock turned off.

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by papathud » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:40 pm

do yourself a favour and befor you attempt to bleed the brakes dissassemble the calipers and clean the brown sludge that will be accumlated theyre.clean everything well and also clean the surfaces the pads will rest on. if you dont they will drag and heat up possibly give you a ride over the bars.flush all the lines too as well as master cylinders

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by TKM » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:44 pm

Hey maesgrampy
down load the free manuals for your bike on this site . Sounds like your bike has sat outside for awhile. I have completed a few of these and i start with the fuel system , gas tank , lines, filters and carbs The manual will tell you how to remove all of the above , when they are removed you will be able to inspect your throttle and choke cables The clutch cable may be kinked or laid incorrectly or possibly seized
Before you start the engine change your timing belts !!
It's a lot of work and very time consuming but well worth the effort , do not cut corners , starting a bike with a rusty gas tank is a receipt for trouble tips on how to wake a old wing

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by WingForChrist » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:35 am

I also had a $400 find but traded for it last year. Use the bring her back to life post states. Takes time but worth it. Also make sure to check and change the cables. I got too excited to ride and was driving to work after about a month my clutch lever and cable broke. fortunately I was in work parking lot. Got ninja clutch which is cool and has adjustments on it. also has the wires for the switch. Going to the new clutch lever also got rid of the neutral light problem. :D .
I just have to change my throttle cables and will do that after I get the single carb put on that I am working on. vw manifold and $30 for muffler shop to bend pipes. Solex 30 type 2 carb with .050 main jet. Hope to install it in next 2 weeks.

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Re: My 1978 Honda Goldwing

Post by motofeast » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:14 pm

its not a big problem good dollars will help you to get it running back, i have a new XT660X and my younger bro smashed it into wall very badly he was safe but bike was badly hurt, a few days in workshop did all well; Yamaha XT660X is a Super motard bike from the house of Yamaha. It is a powerful member of XT series. It is titled as “King of the urban jungle” by Yamaha. It delivers dazzling street performance with helmets. It has got dynamic and bold looks. Its performance is a result of its fine engineering. It is bundled with modern super-motard technology.

Its single cylinder, four-stroke, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 660 cc engine generates the power of 35.3 kW@ 6,000 RPM and the torque of 60 nm @ 5250 RPM. The compression ratio is 10.0:1. The engine is aggressive and ultra responsive at throttle.

It has advanced diamond shaped steel frame. XT660X is equipped with full-floating 320 mm front disc that delivers incredible stopping power. It ensures the rider’s comfort by its front 43 mm Telescopic forks and swingarm Mono-cross rear suspension and adjusts saddlebags well. The bike is capable of taking you to new extremes.

Engine and transmission:
Displacement: 660 cc
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled,
Power: 35.3 kW@ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 60 nm @ 5250 RPM
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 84.0 mm
Fuel system: Injection
Fuel control: SOHC
Ignition: TCI
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Gearbox: 5-speed
Final drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet, multiple-disc coil spring

Height: 1,170 mm
Length: 2,175 mm
Width: 860 mm
Seat height: 865 mm
Ground clearance: 205 mm
Wheelbase: 1,490 mm

Brakes and wheels:
Frame type: Steel tube, diamond shaped
Front suspension: Telescopic forks 43mm
Rear suspension: Mono-cross
Front: 120/70-R17
Rear: 160/60-R17
Front: Single disc
Rear: Single disc

Physical capacities:
Gross weight: 189 kg
Fuel capacity: 15 L
Color: Red, white, blue

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