New Owner Needs Help


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New Owner Needs Help

Postby Forrest » Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:29 pm



Hello all,

I'm a new Goldwing owner and new to the forum. I recently purchased my first motorcycle a 1981 Goldwing (GL 1100) with just over 29,000 miles (paid $1100). The bike sat for about 1 1/2 years but started after a bit of coaxing, put air in the front and noted dry rot so took to Imperial Valley Cycle only to be told that there were numerous reasons they didn't want to work on the bike; the most predominate being parts issues. I asked that they get it running and they agreed, a little over two weeks ago, but it hasn't been worked on yet and I will call them again tomorrow. Should I need to rebuild the carburetors (something I don't know how to do); my question is this: Has anyone used the kits from Saber Cycle Honda Gold Wing GL1000, GL1100, GL1200 Parts ...www.saber-cycle.com/store/GL1000-GL1100-GL1200Catalog.html
Saber Cycle Honda Goldwing (Gold Wing) Vintage GL1000, GL1100, GL1200 Parts and Accessories Catalog, and what other choices do I have?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Forrest



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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:49 pm

Do not use the Saber Cycle carburetor kits under any circumstances. You will end up having to tear them apart and re-do them using a quality carb kit.

Saber Cycle is known for selling crap, poor-quality garbage, but their carb kits (and water pump kits) are known to be worse than the rest of their poor products. Their customer service is legendarily bad, and nothing is ever their fault.

Go to Randakks - they have carb rebuild kits, instructional manuals and videos, and all are of the highest quality. They have exemplary customer service. You can't go wrong with them.

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby thrasherg » Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:30 pm

Listen to WingAdmin, there are tons of very unhappy people that have used Saber Cycle on this site and other sites, don't become one of them.. Go for a Randakks kit..

Gary

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby seabee_ » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:18 pm

YES, wingadmin is right. Steer clear of Saber and go with Randaks. You will be glad you did. You will find a lot of shops don't want to work on the older wings so roll up you sleeves and be prepared to learn a lot from this site. It will be easier than you think to work on these old classics. ;)
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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:32 am

Above is right on..another options is to have your carbs rebuilt..by Pistol Pete..he uses Randakk's kits and does a great job his info is on Randakks site and recommended by Randall. The kit is $200+ and to have them rebuilt is about $400+ so for $200 more you can them done by Pete.

It is not a hard job but very tedious and requires a lot of attention to detail.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby Forrest » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:41 pm

Will do!

Thank all of you for the rapid response and good advice. I truly appreciate it.

Forrest

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby dnehasert » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:17 pm

And take your bike out of that shop and never go back. Find a small independent bike shop that is willing to work on it. Also get a service manual and try to do it yourself if you can.

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby britman » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:53 pm

Id start to charge the Honda dealer then find an independent shop the one by me has so much work hes having to turn people away .I don't know why people find carbs so hard to do , I find working on these bikes so easy . Ive rebuilt about every thing on my dressed wing and did the carbs on my naked which i got from the shop with to much work for $200 bucks as the P.O couldn't afford the cash for the work already done on the bike and the shop owner wanted it gone . When finding a shop ive found the best thing to do is to go B.S for a while and get a feel for the place .

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby 1988jeep » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:17 pm

dont use them sabor is not the way to go I too just bought a GL 1100A it had set for over a year i dont know alot about motors but this web sight will help you if you know basic things about the carbs you can do it just dont seperrate them dont turn any screws take them off together and clean them real good on the inside check your gas tank make sure its clean put some sea foam in the gas and some mothers iol in the crank wouldnt hurt to take plugs out and poor some mothers in each of them and let them set for couple days just to lube everything in there good but basic cleaning on the carb needles and things you should be good to go thats what I did I was riden after couple weeks and have been ever since love my goldwing
on the ride of life I preferr to do it on a goldwing ride safe

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby 1988jeep » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:19 pm

Randakk's GL1000 Carb Rebuild Video these are the guys you need to listen too there great with the wings in my book
on the ride of life I preferr to do it on a goldwing ride safe

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby D2D » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:03 am

The carbs are an important piece in getting your bike back on the road but may I also suggest changing your timing belts while you ( or a shop ) service the carbs. Doing this will insure against having a belt break on you and destroying all your hard work getting the bike back into shape. Also check your tank for rust and if found, clean it and install a new fuel filter before you run the bike or you'll just put junk back into your cleaned carbs.

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby Forrest » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:42 pm

After a month I've got my bike back from the shop (no, I won't be taking it back there), I've got her running after cleaning out the old gas and replacing with hi-test; am about to put Sea Foam in the tank as the choke out position will run the bike (at idle too) but push it in and it stalls. If that doesn't work then Randakk's will be the way I go. I will also inspect the belts; it's a great suggestion. I've a Vetter (V) faring, trunk and bags but the radio is missing the rain guard/cover, I live in the desert and rain isn't much of a problem, however, dust is. Any Ideas?

You guys are great; thanks for all the help and suggestions.

Forrest

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby SteveB123 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:57 pm

[url]http://www.amazon.com/MRC5-Universal-Marine-Radio-Cover/dp/B0009A0CSQ[/url?tag=goldwingdocs-20]
Current:82 GL1100 Interstate, 60 Amp Poorboy, MSD coil
Previous: 93 GSX1100F Katana
82 GL500 Silverwing

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby patbrandon1 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:08 am

Forrest wrote:Hello all,

I'm a new Goldwing owner and new to the forum. I recently purchased my first motorcycle a 1981 Goldwing (GL 1100) with just over 29,000 miles (paid $1100). The bike sat for about 1 1/2 years but started after a bit of coaxing, put air in the front and noted dry rot so took to Imperial Valley Cycle only to be told that there were numerous reasons they didn't want to work on the bike; the most predominate being parts issues. I asked that they get it running and they agreed, a little over two weeks ago, but it hasn't been worked on yet and I will call them again tomorrow. Should I need to rebuild the carburetors (something I don't know how to do); my question is this: Has anyone used the kits from Saber Cycle Honda Gold Wing GL1000, GL1100, GL1200 Parts ...www.saber-cycle.com/store/GL1000-GL1100-GL1200Catalog.html
Saber Cycle Honda Goldwing (Gold Wing) Vintage GL1000, GL1100, GL1200 Parts and Accessories Catalog, and what other choices do I have?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Forrest


Great deal on your bike. Have you looked up how to rebuild your carbs? It really isn't that hard to do. There is so much useful info on this site, and others as well. You can do it. I found that by taking pictures of each of the steps I do in repairing something now, that I tend to be more organized, and have a reference to go back to in case I screw something up, or forget something. Am thinking about videoing my repairs from now on too.

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Re: New Owner Needs Help

Postby Forrest » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:24 pm

That marine radio cover looks like just the ticket and the photo idea on the carburetor rebuild is great. I am so happy to have found this forum everyone is so nice and helpful, its refreshing to say the least.




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