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Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Location: Charleston, WV
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100
1985 CB650SC

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Post by VentedGibbon » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:46 pm

5 years ago, the front brakes seized on my dads 82 GL1100 and it's been sitting there ever since. Last week he tells me if I can fix it, I can have it. 3 years ago I restored an 86 Nighthawk CB650SC that had been sitting for about 10 years, so I have a little experience working on older Honda bikes. So far on the list:

Change engine oil and filter
Change engine coolant
Change brake fluid
Change final drive fluid
Change spark plugs and wires
Rebuild both front and rear master cylinders
Rebuild both front and rear brake calipers
Replace fuel lines and fuel filters
Replace throttle cables
Replace the tires
Clean and sync the carbs

I'm sure there will be more, but my eBay and BikeBandit shopping carts are already pretty full. I don't have the bike at my house so I'm taking pieces off, fixing them, and putting them back on. I'm hoping to get it on the road this summer but if not, I have my little Nighthawk. I just wanted to say hello to everyone and I look forward to reading the posts. A similar Nighthawk forum got me through the last rebuild.

Do or do not, there is no try.

1982 GL1100
1986 CB650SC Nighthawk

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Motorcycle: previously owned 83 GL1100A aspencade traded for a motorhome, 1981 honda GL500i silverwing interstate, 1974 yamaha xs400, 1974 Honda cb450 twin cam, 1983 honda vt30, 1982 honda 700 shadow, 1972 cb750four, and my first bike, a brand new 1982 honda CM400e. now own-1986 GL1200 aspencade SEi

Re: Hello everyone

Post by roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:54 pm

hey vented:

welcome to our group. here you will find everyone very helpful with your questions and lots of answers to them. also look thru the "how-to" articles for your 1100. im sure you can find something in there that will help, if not, feel free to post any questions you might have. so far you have everything that needs to be done on your list. if there's anything else that needs to be addressed, im sure someone will think of it and let you know. oh, one other thing to put on your list, check the bearings on your triple tree, front and rear wheels for any looseness or binding.


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Location: Independence, MO
Motorcycle: 1981 Honda Goldwing Interstate GL1100I
1985 Honda Goldwing Limited Edition gl1200

Re: Hello everyone

Post by sportsfreaked » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:03 am

Welcome to the site. This is a great site! I am a newbie and just bought a 1981 gl1100 interstate that needed work. The folks here and the how to articles are amazing! I had bikes before I had kids 22 years ago. Now that the kids are grown and gone I get to have bikes again :) . On your to do list I would put the timing belts on the list. I would change those before riding it because of the age and the time that it sat. Best of luck to you and again welcome from one newbie to another.
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!

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Re: Hello everyone

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:41 pm

Might wanna change the radiator hoses and thermostat while your in there- even if they look O.K. Cheap insurance! Regards, Johnny

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Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade

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Post by bobbybiscuit » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:41 pm

I must admit the "how to" is great. I have owned a goldwing since Aug 2013 and knew nothing about the bike. I am not a skilled mechanic or have the confidence in myself to do things usually but i have tackled some with good results thanks to the guidnace of this site and its members.

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