Joining the club!!!!


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Fatbs
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Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:34 am
Location: Memphis, TN
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1100

Joining the club!!!!

Postby Fatbs » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:57 am



Just bought 2 1977 GL1000's Got a two for one "deal". So you know what that means. I will be on here a lot asking a lot of questions. So far all i know is that one of them will turn over and that is the one i will "try" going. Any and all help is and will be greatly appreciated.
Thank You
David



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virgilmobile
Posts: 7663
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
Previously owned
78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Joining the club!!!!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:16 pm

Before you go wild into either one,...assume that a timing belt will break and destroy the engine.....
Go to a auto parts place and get 2 new Gates timing belts and put them on.THEN get after it.If that engine is bad,you can pull the belts and put them on the other one.

Treat the bike as what it is.A 35 year old machine that you don't know the history of.Expect that everything will need to be taken apart,cleaned,lubed,rubbed and played with to get it limbered up.
The 78 I restored needed a bunch of labor,rubber,and coaxing but would just yank your arms off in first.
The only thing I would think you wouldn't have to mess with is pulling the engine.There pretty much a brick to 150k miles and more.

Unless your anal about original equipment,the 2 best improvements to the 1000 are electronic ignition and a electric fuel pump.
The carbs can be a pain,but we have a few tricks here to get them right..cheap too.

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D2D
Posts: 208
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:40 pm
Location: Winchester, NH
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000 (sold)
1977 GL1000 (sold)
1978 GL1000
1979 GL1000
1982 GL1100

Re: Joining the club!!!!

Postby D2D » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:11 pm

Welcome Fatbs, I received your PM and responded with my thoughts and a couple of links for you to help you get started. Virgil has set you straight, #1 priority is to replace those belts first thing, they're cheaper than replacing a motor. Enjoy your new Wings and just shout if you run into a problem; lots of good people here that will be willing to offer you advice when you need it.

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thrasherg
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Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Joining the club!!!!

Postby thrasherg » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:21 pm

Congrats on the 2 purchases, as stated they are old bikes so look at checking everything that ages (ie rubber!! Tyres, timing belts, cooling hoses, brake lines, etc) then change all fluids, check the electronics and go ride.. :D

Gary

sfruechte
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Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:53 pm
Location: La Crosse, WI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000

Re: Joining the club!!!!

Postby sfruechte » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:56 pm

While it cannot hurt to replace the timing belts, they are not quite as fragile as everybody thinks. I just replaced mine a couple years ago on my 77 with 216,000 miles and they were still fine. I had to remove one anyway to replace a camshaft oil seal so I replaced them both. I would at least inspect them, the Honda OEM shop manual says to 'inspect' at top end overhaul and mine has never had a top end overhaul. The manual also shows what to look for regarding wear. This perspective always causes a few to flip out but that is what forums are for. Old bikes should have at least a few old parts.

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thrasherg
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Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Joining the club!!!!

Postby thrasherg » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:30 pm

sfruechte wrote: Old bikes should have at least a few old parts.


And they do, it's called the rider, everything else should be younger!! :oops:

Gary




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