New Owner of Old(er) Bike - Mini Overhaul

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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New Owner of Old(er) Bike - Mini Overhaul

Post by tubamanz » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:20 am

Long ago and far away my dad had a GL1000, 1978 or 1979 vintage. I just upgraded from a 1980 CB650 to a 1982 GL1100 Standard (69,000 miles). Paint is bad but bike runs OK. That said, I have no real idea of what preventative maintenance the PO performed. I really enjoyed working on the 650 and was pleasantly surprised to find this site and all of the great how-to info. After looking through all of the GL1100 DIY posts I am trying to put several of them together in a kind of order - "New/Old Bike Mini Overhaul". I can see that this would be very useful to the new owner of an old(er) bike - i.e. me. There are definitely items that could/should be done at the same time or in a particular order. Below is what I have come up with so far:

1. Replace timing belt
2. Check/replace brake pads
3a. Change oil/filter
3b. Adjust valves/install new valve cover gaskets
4. Sync carbs
5. Inspect/replace plugs
6. New air filter
7. Inspect/replace fuel filter and lines
8a. Drain/flush coolant
8b. Replace thermostat/o rings
8c. New radiator hoses
9. Replace rear gear oil
10. Lube rear wheel splines
11. Lube kickstand
12. Lube center stand

What other weekend mechanic types of things should be done in a mini-overhaul of a new (old) bike? Replace cables? Replace wheel bearings? How would you change the order of the above items? I've grouped where items would be done at the same time.

I'm really impressed by the helpfulness of all of the posts I've read so far. Great group!


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Re: New Owner of Old(er) Bike - Mini Overhaul

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:43 am

In the list of most important things,you mention the brakes.
Take it one step further.Remove all the calipers,disassemble,clean under the seal,disassemble and clean the 2 master cylinders,Flush All the old fluid and replace with dot 4.

Getting the bike to go won't help if you can't stop it.

Check the charging system(3 yellow wires by the battery) and clean up any corrosion around the ground and battery post.Voltage test the battery to be sure the charging system is up to snuff.You don't want a dead battery 60 miles out on a back road.These bikes don't push very well.

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