new European 1982 GL1100 I


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new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:25 pm



Hello all, I am new here, so please forgive me if i ask some random questions that have already been answered while I'm searching the site.

first off everything i have found on here has been very very helpfully. Secondly i am in Sicily Italy and have bought a 1982 GL1100 I, i think ha. The bike has confused the ever living blank outta me trying to match the look of it to ever bikes and not one has come up to being the same for the year. I am going to post some pics and if anyone can point me in a direction of what bike this really is that would be awesome.

I know it is not an Aspencade because it does not have the on board Air. but it is not a simple Interstate because it has to many extras.

problems with the bike so far, i got it and took it out for a spin, had a float get stuck on me and flooded the crank with gas, had the oil light pop on, and had a total mess on my hands.

next i cleaned the carbs up a bit put it back in, tried starting and only had spark on two cylinders, pulled off false tank and got to the coils, jiggled some wires here and there and i have spark on all four again.

after that, tried starting it up, had it back fire on me a few times and then the started stopped working. Turns our that the little gear in the planetary gears snapped, so need a new starter.

the bike road amazing though just to point that out, best running and most smooth ride i have had on an bike.

now to these pictures.

The VIN if anyone knows how or where to look up the 11 digit number.

This is the left side fairing, the switch on the far left controls the kick stand buzzer, the others control lights, and then the light panel, it all works, and it is strange i have not found this on any other bike looking threw this site and google images. does anyone know where it may be from.

this is the right fairing. it does not work, the wiring is a rats nest of a mess. i know it is for a CB radio, but there is nothing on the inside to connect it to for the radio.

The rear lights, i have seen some like this but mostly the Aspencades, not the interstate. is it possible that this was an Aspy at one time?

The volt meter on the left, clock on the right and tweeters in the middle, again this is the only bike i have seen with these options.

this is a clarion one radio, it does not work i do not know why. but also in this picture is a little toggle switch on the handle bar. it has three positions, up is an inter minting position, center i think is off, and then down is on? i have no idea. any help would be wonderfull


If anyone has any knowledge on the European style of bike options then that would be awesome. I don't know why they would be to much different than state side but you never know.

Thank you for the help in advance.



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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby dingdong » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:43 pm

1983 The frame serial number began with 1HFSC020XDA300101 and the engine serial number began SC02E-2300012. Looks like it is a 1983i with a bunch of homemade add on mods to the fairing. The saddlebags and trunk are from a gl1200.
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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:51 pm

That would explain why i have a wooden block as a spacer underneath my right trunk bag.

Do you know with certainty that the 83 and 82 parts are fairly well interchangeable?

one last thing, if it is an 83 with 1200 bags on it, will a 1200 motor fit into it, I'm hoping i did not damage this motor when the float stuck and flooded the crank. Just keeping my options open is all if i need to replace motor.

Thank you for the help !

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:49 am

The reason you have had trouble finding other bikes with those features is because they are all aftermarket add-ons, and in some cases (the switchplates in particular) they look to be homemade - a pretty decent job, but not anything that I have ever seen marketed anywhere. The kickstand buzzer did not exist on the 1100, so that's definitely an owner add-on.

As mentioned, you have a GL1200 back end, so that was apparently grafted onto your 1100 frame. A 1200 engine will not fit into a 1100 frame without modifications.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:27 pm

the switch plates are extremely well done, and well wired. If it is home made or at least home installed and someone else made the switch plates, they did an excellent job installing them. the wiring and the lights all work off it. very impressed.

Thank you for the comments, i feel better now that i know some older folks have no idea what it is either. i was very puzzled by the fairings and why it wasn't matching other pictures of same year bikes.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:14 pm

It looks like the left hand switch plate (with all the light switches) has lit-up areas in the cut out on the plate, that show which lights are turned on? If so, that's pretty impressive work.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:10 am

yes it does, and it is extremely impressive, ill take a picture once i fire out what the deal is with my lights. currently my marker lights are dim when i turn them on, and no other lights will come on......until i pull in the clutch handle and dun dun dun everything works correctly...... i have no idea what wires got crossed while i was pulling the starter and the ignition coils out to make this happen. the panel on the left works correctly no loose wires and nothing with bare wires. i am unsure if it is the natural switch that is grounding out because once i put it in gear nothing works. very strange. I'm looking at wiring diagrams now unless someone has any hints as to why this would happen.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:49 am

Big Mack 13 wrote:yes it does, and it is extremely impressive, ill take a picture once i fire out what the deal is with my lights. currently my marker lights are dim when i turn them on, and no other lights will come on......until i pull in the clutch handle and dun dun dun everything works correctly...... i have no idea what wires got crossed while i was pulling the starter and the ignition coils out to make this happen. the panel on the left works correctly no loose wires and nothing with bare wires. i am unsure if it is the natural switch that is grounding out because once i put it in gear nothing works. very strange. I'm looking at wiring diagrams now unless someone has any hints as to why this would happen.


You've got a bad ground. When you pull in the clutch lever, it provides a path to ground through the neutral switch diode, and into the neutral switch. I think you'll find that if the bike is not in neutral, pulling in the clutch lever will not cause your lights to start working.

Don't leave it like this, as the diode cannot handle the current of all the lights, and will burn out.

Open up the headlight, marker lights, anything else that isn't working, and find the green (ground) wire. If you can't find where the ground has become disconnected, you can just run a new ground wire - connect one end to a green wire on one of the lights that isn't working correctly, and connect the other end to a known good ground - frame, or (better yet) negative battery terminal. That will fix it.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:50 pm

you sir are impressive, i took out the rear lights to see if i can get the bulb sizes to order some LED lights, but with it being a European spec bike i was having difficulty finding the correct lights, so put them back in and started looking on here for a list of lights to get.

i will check on the grounds, and then i will take a picture for you to see what that left panel looks like when it is all lit up.

Thank you for the help!

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Big Mack 13 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:33 pm

Finally found my ground issue and here are a few pics of that left light panel to show that it really does work. The lights work for where they are on the bike.
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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby skier » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:11 pm

That's impressive!!!

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:48 pm

That is really cool. Someone did a very nice job.

Some parts off a 82 will fit and some will not. Ask and someone here will tell you if a switch of parts will work.

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Re: new European 1982 GL1100 I

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:58 am

That's pretty slick. Someone did a lot of work on that.




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