New toy has issues.


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tamarack
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Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:49 pm
Location: Russellville, AR USA
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate
1983 CB650SC Nighthawk
1997 VT1100 ACE
1979 CX500
1978 Twinstar
1985 Rebel
1999 NS50F
And a few non Honda bikes too...

New toy has issues.

Postby tamarack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:45 am



Greetings all.

I am the proud owner of a 1980 GL1100I.
Have been a Honda owner for many years, and work on my bikes.

I traded for this wing and when I rode it home I discovered a few things...

1) Someone in the past has added several switches (that seem to do nothing)
2) The fan is hotwired so it is on all the time the key is on
3) It does not appear to be charging (but this could be just the Wal-Mart battery)
4) at seemingly random times it spat water up the right side between the faring and the forks
5) the temp and gas gauges do not work (I though I saw them work once for a few minuites
6) the carbs seem to have issues, runs rough at low rpm (will stall out if you let the revs drop) It also is very rough at high rpm, missfires to the point you loose power. at mid ranges (3-5k ish) it does ok but still rough. I have added a heavy dose of Seafoam to the gas and rode it a bit, have not tried it again yet.

All of the above are things that I figure I can handle if can get a factory service manual.
While Clemers are good, I have found that factory manuals are always better.

My REAL problem is the position of the shifter and brakes.
Someone added floorboards and a heal toe shifter AND the crash guards stick back behind the motor (getting in the way of my feet) I am guessing the guards are the wrong ones, or mounted wrong. In the photos of other GL1100s I have found online the guards end even with the motor and there is more room. I am hoping to find out that I will be able to re-do things to make it workable, as it is now I need to use my heel to shift up and down as well as apply the rear brakes. The guards have highway pegs on them, which while awkward to use, are more comfortable than the floorboards. The problem is that the guards are in the way of proper breaking, and I am afraid that in an emergency I will not be able to get my heal on them in time.

When I get a chance I will take some photos and post them.

So, here I am new to the board.
I hope that people here will have some insight that will save me time when it comes to working on the bike.
Looking forward to getting to know the bike and the people here.

Tom, Russellville AR.

1980 GL1100 Interstate
1983 CB650SC Nighthawk
1997 VT1100 ACE
1979 CX500
1978 Twinstar
1985 Rebel
1999 NS50F
And a few non Honda bikes too...


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1980 GL1100 Interstate
1983 CB650SC Nighthawk
1997 VT1100 ACE
1979 CX500
1978 Twinstar
1985 Rebel
1999 NS50F

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Re: New toy has issues.

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:14 pm

Some photos would definitely help.

As for your issues:

1. I like to tear out switches and wiring that don't have a purpose - just more things to go wrong.
2. That's not a good thing if you ride in cold temperatures. The engine needs to be running at a certain temperature to run well. Also, the fan draws a lot of power, and is a fair load on your electrical system.
3. Possible. Check the connector on the three yellow wires next to the battery. Cut them out, and replace it with hard-wired, soldered connections. These connect the stator to the rectifier, and are famous for failing.
4. That is where the radiator cap is. You might want to check that.
5. Easily fixed. See http://goldwingdocs.com/Store.asp
6. It sometimes takes several tanks full of Seafoam to clear things up, I've found.

If you don't know when the timing belts were last changed, that should be on the top of your list!

tamarack
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:49 pm
Location: Russellville, AR USA
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate
1983 CB650SC Nighthawk
1997 VT1100 ACE
1979 CX500
1978 Twinstar
1985 Rebel
1999 NS50F
And a few non Honda bikes too...

Re: New toy has issues.

Postby tamarack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:34 pm

Thanks, I have been reading the board and finding lots of info.
Looks like a great site.

I live in Arkansas, but ride year round, so getting the fan back on a thermostat is on the list, not highest priority.

I found the 7v regulator info, will check into that.
I have a background in electronics, wires don't scare me.
People who add switches and cut or splice wires for no apparent reason do....
I am planning on removing as much of the excess wires as possible, and then going over the rest of them.

I had also come across the information on the stator plug, checking that is on the top of the list of things to do.
I also plan on doing the belts and have already started the Seafoam treatment.
I am a strong believer in the magic of the little white can...

Tom
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1980 GL1100 Interstate
1983 CB650SC Nighthawk
1997 VT1100 ACE
1979 CX500
1978 Twinstar
1985 Rebel
1999 NS50F


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