New Goldwing owner


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oldbikerarlo
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New Goldwing owner

Postby oldbikerarlo » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:18 pm



Hey guys, just bought my first goldwing, 1980 interstate. It has a few problems but I got it cheap enough that I can spend a little to fix it, allready have a water pump and timingbelts on the way. One problem is it knocks at low RPM but it goes away at 1500RPM, I'm hopeing its just the carbs out of sync, but if its more than that I would be considering a total rebuild of the engine. Are there any kits for this? and where would one get such a kit?


I have a cuttng tourch and a welder anything will fit.

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:07 am

Carb sync and slow speed adjustments are necessary to keep the engine smooth.
See how it's running.Start it from cold..do not rev it up.
Try to keep it near 1k rpm for 6-8 seconds then shut it down.
Lightly tap each header...they should be equally warm.
A cold header is a non-firing cylinder,and yes they will/can idle pretty good on 3 cylinders .... Rattle a bunch but run fair....even drive ok.

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby dingdong » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:20 am

Hey Oldbikerarlo. Welcome to the forum. If your knock goes away at 1500rpm you more than likely don't have engine problems but carb problems. As to your question about rebuild kits.... No and some of the internal parts are no longer available. For instance some of the main bearings. I don't think you will have to go there though. How many miles on the bike?

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oldbikerarlo
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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby oldbikerarlo » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:47 am

Thanks for the reply, It has 79000 miles. Im sure it has set for a long time, as it has 3 didgit tires with 50% tread. The bike looks well taken care of nice paint and seat, no scrapes on the pipes or crash bars. The engine and running gear are all clean. The water pump is leaking, that why I have ordered one from Sabor. I have read that some are not happy with their pumps why is this? Againe thanks for the replys.
I have a cuttng tourch and a welder anything will fit.

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:00 am

Oh my! Not trying to be a spoil sport but I wish you luck with anything ordered from Saber Cycle. Nothing but horror stories when dealing with them. Bad, defective, wrong sized parts that don't fit and they won't accept returns or give refunds. Then they tell you that you are at fault and are an idiot then ban you from ordering ever again. Not sure about their water pump itself but I have read that the seal or seals aren't the proper size and will leak. Be prepared.

Tom
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RBGERSON
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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:38 am

Their pumps are crap and generally wear out quickly compared to stock. As said Saber has the worst costumer service..IE they don't service customers.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:15 pm

Read through the various user comments:

http://goldwingdocs.com/Vendors/Saber-Cycle_880

As for their water pumps, I have yet to hear of a SINGLE user who installed one of their cheap Chinese water pumps and had it last longer than six months.

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby oldbikerarlo » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:41 am

OK I got the hint, Saber's quality isn't the best. Where or who do I get a water pump from?
I have a cuttng tourch and a welder anything will fit.

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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:41 pm

oldbikerarlo wrote:OK I got the hint, Saber's quality isn't the best. Where or who do I get a water pump from?


Part number 3:

http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com ... SION-COVER

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bruce swaybill
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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby bruce swaybill » Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:58 am

For my bike, I have mostly used Genuine Honda replacement parts, either from the local Honda dealer or an on-line source that supplies Honda parts, like Partzilla.com, or anybody on Ebay where their photos show the original Honda packaging.

The exceptions so far have been Gates Timing Belts, a Rectifier and a Starter Relay from Ricks Motorsport Electrics, Rotors and pads from EBC and statinless steel brake lines from H-E-L. I considered these all upgardes from the OEM items that used 30 year old technology.

The Honda parts come in packages that say "Made in Japan", but even if they didn't, I am confident they would meet Honda's high standards. As a result, they may cost a little more than third party items, but I don't want inexpensive, low quality parts sourced from somewhere else in Asia on my high quality Japanese motorcycle that hurls my fat ass down the highway at 75mph!!!

Just my opinion.....
Bruce S.
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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:25 am

bruce swaybill wrote:For my bike, I have mostly used Genuine Honda replacement parts, either from the local Honda dealer or an on-line source that supplies Honda parts, like Partzilla.com, or anybody on Ebay where their photos show the original Honda packaging.

The exceptions so far have been Gates Timing Belts, a Rectifier and a Starter Relay from Ricks Motorsport Electrics, Rotors and pads from EBC and statinless steel brake lines from H-E-L. I considered these all upgardes from the OEM items that used 30 year old technology.

The Honda parts come in packages that say "Made in Japan", but even if they didn't, I am confident they would meet Honda's high standards. As a result, they may cost a little more than third party items, but I don't want inexpensive, low quality parts sourced from somewhere else in Asia on my high quality Japanese motorcycle that hurls my fat ass down the highway at 75mph!!!

Just my opinion.....
Bruce S.

I disagree, When it comes to water pumps. fuel pumps, go with OEM! However, when it comes to head gaskets or top end kits- "Athena" sold by bikebandit will take care of you. Good product and the kit has lasted me for 9000 miles.
One must remember that this site saves people money by doing it themselves- pointing them to the most expensive option is not the idea.
Add up the total cost of just a head gasket project using ONLY OEM parts. :shock:
The Athenia kit will do it just as well for around $110. Regards, Johnny

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bruce swaybill
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Re: New Goldwing owner

Postby bruce swaybill » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:24 pm

You make a good point. I will keep an open mind in the future and shop around.

So far. I haven't seen a big enough cost difference to over come my bias towards OEM parts. Certainly, if the OEM parts are not available - and that day will come - I'd be forced to 3rd party parts. Until then, I'll continue to compare and make decisions as I go....

Bruce S.


Have a nice day! :)


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