Hope I am not in over my head.....

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate

Hope I am not in over my head.....

Post by mhenzel » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:54 am

I found, what I hope is a bargin. A 1980 Goldwing Interstate in decent shape for $550.00. I was told that it was running last year but they had starter problems and didn't have time to mess with it. I brought it home, put a battery in it and everything electrical seems to work fine. Just need to figure out how to rehook up the starter wires they have loose.
I am really excited and can't afford a new one, but I think this one will clean up nicely. It does have 61k miles on it though....Doesn't look like anyone has ever tore into it or been laid over...

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Re: Hope I am not in over my head.....

Post by TKM » Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:09 am

mhenzel- congratulations on the find !
this site has free manuals , just download them and a great how to section-- before you hit the road change your timing belts-- take your time & enjoy--


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Re: Hope I am not in over my head.....

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:32 pm

These old bikes just keep running forever. Take care of them, change the fluids, do the regular maintenance, and they will never let you down. Congratulations on your find!

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Re: Hope I am not in over my head.....

Post by bryannautumn » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:22 pm

I thought my starter was bad on my 1981 GL1100-I. I replaced the starter brushes and it worked like a champ again. The brushes cost about $20.00 and that's a great saving compared to the cost of a new starter. A couple notes on the brush replacement:
1. DO NOT place the bike on the center stand or on a jack when removing the starter. Leave the bike on the side stand so that the cog remains in the chain and inline with the starter hole. If that can fall off inside the chain and won't line up either if the bike is on the center stand.
2. Clean all the interior starter parts with a suitable quick drying electrical component cleaner, brake cleaner my do the job too. The inside of the starter will most likely look real nasty and dirty as well as smell "burnt". Don't be alarmed by that, it will clean up nicely.
3. Take pictures as you dissemble the starter, it will help in the reassembly.

Best wishes and peace with your new bike.

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