82 GL 1100 Saleability


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82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby Devil-Doc » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:21 am



Is the 82 the "red-headed" step child of the Goldwing line because of the stator problem? I put my bike up for sale and/or trade this spring and the few people who knew about Goldwings basically said they wouldn't touch another GL 1100.

I got my current Goldwing last October, this is my first Goldwing. I traded it for a 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 scooter, I think I may have gotten the bad end of the deal. The stator is shot, and who knows what else the former owner lied about. Sometimes it runs fine other times it spits and sputters when ideling and in first gear also has this annoying but faint vibrating bell sound in higher gears.

I also don't like where the foot rest are, it's a stupid place for them, can't stretch your legs like most other bikes this size and even with extended foot pegs, the crash bar makes that really awkward. I would really like a 2006 Suzuki Boulevard



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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby dingdong » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:00 am

You have some problems that can be resolved. If your 1100 runs part of the time the stator probably isn't shot. There are fixes for the bike "IF" you are interested in keeping it. Don't condemn the whole bike because you don't like the position of the foot rests. Keep in mind that the bike is 30 years old. The 1100 when properly maintained is a great bike that will take you anywhere. Those who told you they would never touch another 1100 just have no clue how to maintain and repair the bike. And yes, previous owners are known to lie now and then. Are you capable of or do you want to do your own repairs or will you need to get it serviced by a mechanic? The problem is there are not many mechanics who know any thing about the older Wings. There are many here who will be happy to assist if you want help and want to do it yourself. Hang in there. More to follow.
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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:02 am

Not really...if you're talking about stator problems, I'd say it's far more common in the GL1200 than the GL1100. A well-maintained GL1100 with the stator connectors removed and soldered (do a search on "three yellow wires" here for more on this) can have a stator that lasts for the life of the bike.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby Devil-Doc » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:56 pm

I took it to Velocity motors here in Richmond VA the day after I bought it (October 2011) when the battery died. I charged it up and rode it to them and they tested the stator and said it was dead and said it would be $1,500 to put in a new one. I said thanks but no thanks and bought a trickle charger and charge the battery every time I ride it, only ride it about 12 miles each time twice a day, have properties to check on twice a night.

Don't know exactly how many miles I can ride on one charge before it dies, the battery is supposed to be fairly new, maybe six - 8 months old.

Would love to do my own minor repairs, have a Goldwing Service manual for bikes 1980-1983, a little hard to read sometimes, very technical in some areas and sometimes the manual completely skips where the part is located on the bike and only shows the part after whatever was in front of it has already been removed, real genius this author is. The crankcase breather is a good example of this, have no idea where it's located, obviously near the crankshaft but exactly where and how to get to it the book skips completely.

As far as the bike being old and the location of its foot rest, please!! Most every other touring bike, if not all, has their foot rest forward enough to stretch your legs to one degree or another, the Wings have you sitting like your at a school desk and the add-on touring pegs attached to your crash bar has your legs so high and far apart you'll think your prepped and ready for a proctology exam.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby Devil-Doc » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:02 pm

I didn't mean to imply that the GL 1100 has a stator problem, as you all know the 82 is the only model year that Honda was out-to-lunch on when they came up with putting the frame in the way of the stator, yea lets cost the owner $1,500 in labor for a $100.00 part.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:43 pm

Devil-Doc wrote:I didn't mean to imply that the GL 1100 has a stator problem, as you all know the 82 is the only model year that Honda was out-to-lunch on when they came up with putting the frame in the way of the stator, yea lets cost the owner $1,500 in labor for a $100.00 part.


That's not true. Every 4-cylinder Goldwing - so, every Goldwing made from 1975 through 1987 - requires the removal of the engine in order to remove the stator.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby goldminerusa » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:02 pm

Devildoc is right about the seating/foot peg position. And who decided to put an airplane engine in a motorcycle anyway? But honestly i`m enjoying riding my `82 now that ive got alot of the bugs worked out. And the 8000 rpm powerband is great for leaving the yoyo`s behind, far behind. Bear down Devildoc, it`s worth it.

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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:31 am

FYI it's not the stator that's the problem it's the wiring/connector from it. It over heats, melts, shorts and then kills the stator. If you fix the wiring..too late for you I guess. There is not problem. Generally all the early wings run for ever if you do regular maintenance..valves, carbs, oil, timing belts. It's about a two hour job to pull and engine..4 if it's your first time..not hard just a lot of details to watch. replacing the stator is 10 minutes.

riding position..yeah it's straight up..but with the right highway boards most can find a comfortable position for highway driving. Some have even built a shifting and brake set up to move it all forward like Harleys..pull back bars and you've got a "chopper"
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Re: 82 GL 1100 Saleability

Postby britman » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:57 pm

Devil Doc you have the stock crash guards on your bike i didn't like the way they flipped out at the ends . Then i found this after market set they are much better i think .
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