New to me GL1100


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poppadre
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New to me GL1100

Postby poppadre » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:30 pm



Hey guys!
First post! Just bought myself a 1981 Gl1100. Found it about 2 hours outside of Winnipeg for $1600. Brought it home yesterday and took it for another test ride. I was just wondering if anyone can help me with a list of things to look over or pay attention too. I'm taking the bike on a 7000km road trip this summer and want to make sure everything's running good and safe. I know Suzuki gs well since I've owned my fair share but I'm new to the Goldwing and Honda in general. I noticed that my front brakes are a bit mushy even after I bled them today. I want to sync my carburetors tomorrow as well as adjust my clutch cable that seems to be able a bit of extra slack to it. I wanted to check valve clearances but debating on doing that next oil change after my trip. Also going to do a compression check tomorrow. My fork seals are leaking so I also want to have a stab at that tomorrow since I have a set of all balls seals for it. Anything else that I should look at. I'll get some pictures up soon!



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Aussie81Interstate
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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:32 am

Mushy front brakes can be lots of different things so do one change at a time and see the differences instead of many changes all at once. I would try the cheaper/easier options first.

You could rebuild both brake calipers with new piston and dust seals - that's a relatively easy job, and could solve it for you. Make sure the slider pins are greased up and free of corrosion as well. Then if those two changes don't make a big difference - then go for some new braided brake lines, that usually makes the biggest improvement.

As for the rest - one job at a time. Would also recommend removal of the rear wheel to ensure the drive splines are in good condition, and greased up with moly paste (peace of mind for a long trip). Pictures are always welcome. :)

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chrisz
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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby chrisz » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:23 am

Taking an over 30 year old bike on a 7K trip is in my humble opinion risky. If it were me, I would spend time/money on replacing the old rubber brake lines, replacing the timing belt and the idler rollers and then going through the bike slowly and methodically. Yes, valve adjustment, carb synch, basically go through the shop manual and perform the recommended services. Check the tires for both tread depth and date of manufacture. If any leaks, fix them. Then purchase a Auto Plan (AAA) with the bike option if case of a break down.

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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:17 am

change the timing belts, check the fuel pump for output specs, change all the fluids brake, water, oil, forks; water pump weep hole for drips, valves yes, compression before and after, brake pads, mushy brakes usually old rubber lines giving way, rear splines repack, rear gear oil replace, tires date and crack check, check stator output and the three yellow wire connector forward of the battery I'd remove and slice the wires, you might want to carry a few things..spare clutch cable, flat fix, spare throttle cable at least the pull cable,
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby poppadre » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:26 pm

Thanks for the advice guys! I went out and picked up the stuff needed to do the front fork seals. Got some Lucas fork oil 10WT, hose clamps, 1.5" PVC and snap ring pliers for the job. Don't think I will get around to it today since its Fathers Day. Just took it for a ride and I am liking the bike more and more as I ride it. I went over the tires. The previous owner said they were pretty much brand new and they look it! I need to adjust the rear brake lever since the lever is sitting higher then the foot peg. I took my old 1979 Suzuki GS850 on a long trip from Calgary out to Portland and then down to LA. Learned my lesson and now pack an extra clutch cable.

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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:39 pm

Timing belts!

That should be at the very top of your to-do list. If a timing belt goes, the rest doesn't matter, because it can/will do serious, possibly fatal damage to your engine.

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Re: New to me GL1100

Postby poppadre » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:05 am

A pair of T274 belts are on their way! Hopefully here next week!




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