Goldwing Newbie


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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buzzdrv
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Goldwing Newbie

Post by buzzdrv » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:17 am



After 20 years I'm finally back on a bike. I bought a 83 gl1100 in pretty good condition. I've been ridding it for the past month with no complaints, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Is there any advice you could give me about this bike? What are the things that always need maintance or tend to fail? Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom.



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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by seabee_ » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:55 pm

First thing is to replace all the fluids unless it's been done recently. Also find out when the timing belts were last changed.
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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by dingdong » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:59 am

The output from the stator (voltage generator) has three yellow wires and a plug. Check the plug for heat (arcing) damage. Most owners cut the plug out and solder the wires.
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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by littlebeaver » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:23 am

I would just go ahead and replace all the fuses even though they are fine..Maybe put in a spade type main fuse at the starter solenoid or at least make sure you have extra dogbone type replacement fuses on the bike somewhere..And welcome to the site.. :D

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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:38 am

Also what has been cropping up is a intermittent ignition system failing.
I think it may be narrowed down to corrosion in the plug that is next to the stator yellow wires(left of the battery).This is the pulse coil connector.
When new,like the stator plug,it's a non-issue,however I've been seeing corrosion there too.
Even tho my 1200 did not quit on the road,just a light tap on the plug killed my engine.
I also removed the plug and soldered the wires color to color for good measure.

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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:10 pm

Change radiator hoses-and thermostat while your in there-and flush cooling system.
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Re: Goldwing Newbie

Post by littlebeaver » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:25 am

I think it's a good idea if all the connections in the plastic plugs are good or look to be in good shape to add some electric grease in there as a protector too... I'm sure you all ready know that... :D I had the plugin at the solenoid or above that line get all melted on one side to.. inspect everything..



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