## should I or shouldn't I

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
Chickenlegs
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### should I or shouldn't I

would it be worth my time and money to pick up a 1100 interstate that has a rusted/varnished gas tank, gummed up carbs, leaked out fork seals, empty brake master cylinders ,bad battery, cut seat, flat tiers, missing back trunk, 87k miles, has not be started in about 6 or 7 yrs.(as far as I know) and that's just what I saw in a dark, dirty old shed. Everything else seems to be there. Can I still get those parts I mentioned. I will do the work, but about how much in parts and time? ?

ram11397
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Location: Westerly, Rhode Island

### Re: should I or shouldn't I

The parts are out there on e-bay my favorite ( http://stores.ebay.com/Spikes-Cycle-Repair-and-Parts ) also bike salvage yards also companies in the vendors section..... you will have vintage bike will be a more a labor of love than refurbishing to resell.
Rick

Johnyy Smoke
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Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100
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### Re: should I or shouldn't I

It depends on how much time and effort, not to mention money, you want to put into it.
I basically rebuilt , replaced every thing on my 1100 - rebuilt carbs, new belts, water pump, fuel pump , head gaskets, progressive shocks, and so on to infinity Took me two summers to get it all done.
Had it repainted also. All told parts cost me $2300 - also included is the 2 gazzilon hours of free labor (Ok - maybe just 1 gazzilon, of your own time). With what I learned, and the self confidence it inspired, I would say it was well worth it. Regards, Johnny Chickenlegs Posts: 80 Joined: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:54 pm Location: Nebraska Motorcycle: 97 a ### Re: should I or shouldn't I thanks guys, I just hope I'm not getting in over my head or it turns out to be a money pit. RBGERSON Posts: 3030 Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500 had every year from 75 to 83 ### Re: should I or shouldn't I 1st see if you can turn it over my hand..remove stator cap left rear of the rear 17mm wrench, inside a 10mm bolt only turn it clockwise..see if the cylinder are frozen if it turns good sign..removing the spark plugs first may help..if not walk away. Then MIn cost.. carbs$200 \in parts, tires 300-400, forks $40 in seals and bushings, tank clean and seal$50 min, seat new $100 or recover$200??, starter 120, water pump 85, fuel pump 100, master $40, rebuild calipers$50, pads $30, starter relay$30, oil change $20, radiator clean and refill$50, hoses $30, plugs$20, at least 2,000 to rebuild with just parts NO labor costs..add in any labor at $90 an hour it builds fast.. probably better to buy a running 1100 for under$2,000 I can buy them around here for under $1500 HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83 NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE FAIR WINDS, RB Chickenlegs Posts: 80 Joined: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:54 pm Location: Nebraska Motorcycle: 97 a ### Re: should I or shouldn't I I wonder if I can do the 5th gear thing to turn the engine over RBGERSON Posts: 3030 Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:57 am Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500 had every year from 75 to 83 ### Re: should I or shouldn't I You can but harder to do..and i wouldn't give more than$200 for it no matter what.
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

Chickenlegs
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### Re: should I or shouldn't I

the guy will just give it to me, he knows nothing about it. it was his brothers

Johnyy Smoke
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### Re: should I or shouldn't I

Go for it , even if it turns out it aint rebuildable, you can make a little change on e-bay in parts! Regards, Johnny

littlebeaver
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### Re: should I or shouldn't I

Wow, You have a lot of good parts there,,, I know what I'd do... If this was me,, I would get it and give them something for it,,, \$50.00 or something good... Case of beer at least... Then I would start looking for a bike the same year model in good running order.... see you will have all the extra parts you may ever need for the bike you buy..... But that's me..