Front Fork Pressure

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon May 05, 2014 6:11 pm
Location: Visalia, CA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade

Front Fork Pressure

Post by FallenHeavens » Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:51 pm

About a month and a half ago I took my 1982 GL1100 into the shop to have the front fork seals replaced, the carburetors rebuilt, fluids and brake pads changed, etc. My front forks no longer holds any pressure, and don't even start to build any pressure in them. The air compressor sounds like it's working it's butt off, but no progress is being made. Any advice or things I can do to help it along? I'd rather not take my bike back to this shop, because I really feel like they did nothing right the first time, and after paying $1,000+ for their 'services,' I'd rather avoid their nonsense again.

User avatar
Posts: 794
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:37 pm
Location: Marengo, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 I purchased 3/16

1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15

98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: Front Fork Pressure

Post by Wilcoy02 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:08 pm

The air was the downfall of the gl1100. That is why they did away with the air in the gl1200.
Take a really wet dripping rag and apply a lot of dish soap on it. Run the rag over the hoses of all the air lines, forks etc. See where the air is leaking out and go from there.

Post what you find.

User avatar
Posts: 2894
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: Front Fork Pressure

Post by RBGERSON » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:02 am

Are you sure they hooked the compressor hose up???


User avatar
Johnyy Smoke
Posts: 684
Joined: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:44 am
Location: Se Minnesota
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100
Vetter. "Its like Deja Vu all over again".

Re: Front Fork Pressure

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:33 pm

Put progressive springs in the forks-no more air is needed! Regards, Johnyy

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests