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New here; JIM

Postby Jimtt » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:57 pm



Hi All, I just bought an 81 GL1100 Interstate yesterday for $500 not running. The bike needs a lot of work and I am going naked losing all the bags faring etc. I had a 1982 GL1100 standard in Wineberry that my father left me in 1986 and at the time I was not all that interested in Gold Wings but have long since regretted trading the 82 GL in on a CBR600 (also long gone). I intend to recreate the 82 except with 83 wheels. I have been buying cherry wineberry parts and hope to have the bike on the road by summer. The 81 has 62,000 miles; how many miles do GL 1100 typically get on a clutch?
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Re: New here; JIM

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:11 pm

Welcome to the site,, Not sure about the clutch question,, that's a tough question,, I have 60k on mine with no issues... we love photo's and stories about what you are doing with the bike.. I'm about bored out of my gourd right now...I need to get out more,, at least that's what my friend told me...... :lol: Oh I lived in Rolling Meadows for 5 years....I miss Chicago sometimes...I worked downtown on Highrise buildings when I was there.... :shock: Hey I'll give you 800.00 for it.... :lol: come on man $300 profit...Hope you like it around here.....Great project bike...

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:38 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Welcome to the site,, Not sure about the clutch question,, that's a tough question,, I have 60k on mine with no issues... we love photo's and stories about what you are doing with the bike.. I'm about bored out of my gourd right now...I need to get out more,, at least that's what my friend told me...... :lol: Oh I lived in Rolling Meadows for 5 years....I miss Chicago sometimes...I worked downtown on Highrise buildings when I was there.... :shock: Hey I'll give you 800.00 for it.... :lol: come on man $300 profit...Hope you like it around here.....Great project bike...


I have almost 100,000 on my clutch and im just now going to change it.........LOL, hey beave, leave the guy alone for at least a few days, let him get to know everyone, your gonna scare him away LOL..........hey Jim, welcome to our happy little,(and growing) family. you'll find that most everyone here will be glad to help you with just about any problems that you encounter with your ride, be it from the smallest little thing to complete overhaul. there isn't anything the guys in here cant figure out, and if they cant, they'll find someone that can. I know they've been a big help to me. I didn't know one damn thing about a Goldwing when I got mine, but these guys are really terrific. hope you enjoy it here, and yes, we love pics.

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:43 pm

I would change out the timing belts first thing.... Unless you know for a fact when they were changed last...I wanta buy his bike LOL :shock: :lol:

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby Jimtt » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:13 pm

Thanks Little Beaver, Yes I am doing the timing belts; first will do a compression check, then pulling the motor so I can clean, this is the dirtiest bike (under the skin I have seen in a while). The carbs are frozen solid and the choke lever at the carbs is broken; I have a second set of carbs and will be rebuilding them. The tank has rust although not excessive so I will take it off and do a vinegar treatment. The wiring loom is cut where there was a connector and splice job is bad (see photo). Also the bike had a Cycle Sounds stereo powered off the coolant sensor connector so the sensor was not connected. I have a lot of confidence in the GL1100 (the best Gold Wing ever made IMO) so I will be sorting all this out.
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Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:17 pm

Those yellow wires are the stator leads. The connector there gets hot, melts and fails, so it appears your creative previous owner "fixed" the problem with some bits of wire and some house wiring wire nuts. He's lucky that didn't all melt and catch fire!

That will need to come out and be soldered properly. Looks like a fun project, just keep Littlebeaver away, he'll want to take it all over! :)

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Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:19 pm

Sounds like you have it going well.... Again welcome.. :D Ok that's realllly funny guys.... :lol: :lol: hardy hardy har...lol "My skin is thick..." My skin is thick...... My skin is thick ... My skin is thick...... :lol: :lol:

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Postby auctioneeral » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:40 pm

Welcome aboard JIM
I have 2 1981 that are my projects.

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:42 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Those yellow wires are the stator leads. The connector there gets hot, melts and fails, so it appears your creative previous owner "fixed" the problem with some bits of wire and some house wiring wire nuts. He's lucky that didn't all melt and catch fire!

That will need to come out and be soldered properly. Looks like a fun project, just keep Littlebeaver away, he'll want to take it all over! :)


LOL.

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:43 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Sounds like you have it going well.... Again welcome.. :D Ok that's realllly funny guys.... :lol: :lol: hardy hardy har...lol "My skin is thick..." My skin is thick...... My skin is thick ... My skin is thick...... :lol: :lol:


ROFLMAO.

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:48 pm

Welcome to the site. By the look and sound of it, you have your project well in hand. Wishing you success in your completion by riding time.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: New here; JIM

Postby Jimtt » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:13 pm

Thanks All, I will just keep posting progress pics on this thread; let's hope it does not take all summer to get it on the road. I am not really into tributes but in this case I have two people in mind, while I work on this Gold Wing, that were (alas both are gone) original GL men (I was one also). That is they were fans when the GL1000 first appeared. One was my father who started riding after I bought my first bike and the other was Steve Dire who I remember telling me about the greatest bike ever made after a 1975 test ride; he had me at Toten Honda the next day “Jim you have to ride this Bike!” the bike I was riding at the time (see Pic) paled in comparison (although I wish I still had it!). .
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Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:20 pm

that looks like a............cb750K4?

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Postby themainviking » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:36 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:that looks like a............cb750K4?

stuart.


It do so... I had a 1969 model that I took as partial payment on a 1971 Thunderbird car I sold. I allowed the guy $300 on it, then I fixed it all up and sold it. I only rode it one time to test it out after I rebuilt it. The swing arm bearings were a bit of a problem with these bikes, were they not? I had to replace them on the 1969 when I was working on it in about 1983. Actually, come to think on it, fourteen years is not too bad for swingarm bearings.

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Postby Jimtt » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:43 pm

Roadwanderer3 that is a 1969 CB750 KO a bike like that is worth a lot of money in good condition. The biggest issue was the chain and the four cable card adjustment the. The swing are bearings where down the list, the chain oiler was odd, I turned mine off and the output shaft bearing (next to the front sprocket) was weak. There was a chain recall on the K0 and mine quickly developed a second gear pop out (of gear) which required two tear downs on Hondas nickel. But the '75 Kawasaki ZIB I had really did have fast wearing swing are bearings, maybe that is what you are thinking of (and a really weak fixable frame compared to the Hondas).

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:54 pm

actually that looks very close to the bike one of my friends had back in the day. he had a 73 or 74 cb750four and man that bike was quick. one time we were both riding on it on the NJ turnpike, and he opened it up and we both started coming up off the seat at 110mph. i'll never forget that.

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