1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate


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1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby jcsova1 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:48 am



Hello. I bought a barn find 2 years ago. A 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate with 5,000 miles on it. The man I bought it from bought it new in 1980, rode it around for a couple of years, put it in his mother’s garage and that is where it stayed for the past 30 years.

I took it home, cleaned it up, had the carbs rebuilt, started it up and even rode it around for a bit. It was difficult as it took a lot of gas and choke half open to get it up and going.

I brought it to the mechanic to tune the carb but he said the #4 carb was leaking and couldn’t figure out why. He’s had it for over a year now. He tried a different carb from another goldwing, changed out the electronics and when I spoke with him a couple of days ago, it started a small fire with the leaking gas ignited by a backfire. No damage was done to the bike.

I don’t know if he is missing something or I should bring it to someone else or just give up. I was looking forward to riding this beautiful vintage machine but my patients is running out. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any ideas? You help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.



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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 09, 2012 12:24 pm

"I brought it to the mechanic to tune the carb but he said the #4 carb was leaking and couldn’t figure out why.
> He obviously never looked for a answer on this site.

He’s had it for over a year now. :shock:
> There's no excuse for that.Even part time a couple hours on the weekend should be able to finish the bike in less than a month.

He tried a different carb from another goldwing,
> He tore it that far apart and didn't find the problem?Sounds like a parts changer not a mechanic that can diagnose and repair a problem.Just my opinion.

changed out the electronics and when I spoke with him a couple of days ago,
>I thought there was a fuel problem,why is he changing electronic parts?

it started a small fire with the leaking gas ignited by a backfire.
> Be careful with raw gas.You HAVE to ventilate the ares.

No damage was done to the bike.
Maybe not to the bike but I bet it damaged your faith in his competency.

I'd be tempted to gather it up,kiss him goodbye and wave with one finger.
Bring the bike home and get a few wrenches.Ask questions about it and fix it yourself.

By what your describing,It should take a week or two of work to get it to go good,including changing the timing belts.
If you know "lefty-loosey righty-tighty" the rest is just details.

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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby seabee_ » Wed May 09, 2012 12:33 pm

If he's had it for a year now, I would try and find another mechanic. It's not easy finding a shop that is willing to work on these older bikes so it might take some searching. Did you rebuild the cards or did you have a shop do it? It's interesting that #4 was leaking after the rebuild. Was there old gas in the tank, fuel lines and carbs when you bought it? Although there is such low mileage on the bike I would recommend replacing the timing belts due to the age of the bike. The belts may have very little mileage on them but they degrade over time. These bikes have interference engines and if the belts break the valves and pistons can and will come in contact with each other. Belts are cheaper than an engine. Don't give up on the bike. You have a rough gem that can become a jewel when finished. You can do a lot of the work yourself with little mechanical knowledge or experience. There is a lot of knowledge and help on this forum that can get you up and running. Others will chime in to offer their assistance. Give us as much info as you can on the issues and be prepared to learn a lot.
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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed May 09, 2012 7:19 pm

Virgil is right-you have a clown for a mechnic-do it yourself-aint no reason you cant get it running in a few weekends.Do the research-read the diy atricles here-and ask us for help when (and you will ) get stuck.Regards,Johnyy

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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby patbrandon1 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:42 pm

GO GET IT BACK!!! There is NO reason in the world to have someone's part for over a year. I'm not even a motorcycle mechanic, but if I had your carbs for over a month, slap me. Many how to articles on the net. http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=2952 <<<<< look through the whole thing. Very good with pics and advice on how to do it right.

I know things come up, parts ar delayed in shipping, and so forth. But a year is absurd, and everyone that replied is right. This is NOT a hard fix. Some research and a little time will have it running in about 10 hours total.

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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby binder49 » Thu May 10, 2012 9:25 pm

I have to agree with everyone else. If you have some mechanical ability. You can get it on the road youself. Get a service manual. With that and all the help you can get here, You'll have a Wing you can be proud of. I picked up a barn find last summer. Took me about a month of tinkering to get it running. Runs great now, even with 105000 miles on the clock. Here are before and after I painted it. What you have there is a labor of love. A good sense of accomplishment when your done.
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Re: 1980 Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate

Postby seabee_ » Fri May 11, 2012 12:29 am

Nice colors on the bike. Looks great.


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