Just bought 81, 1100


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Just bought 81, 1100

Postby bcnv1100 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:23 pm



Hi all, just bought an 81 1100, changed the plugs,airfilter, lubed the tach cable and got new grips, the bike runs good and is in good condition. Its pretty much all stock, and has Samsonite luggage on the sides and top rear. I would rather have the normal hard cases but maybe later. My neutral light is staying on right now and somtimes on the freeway my left turn signal indicater goes solid instead of blinking, the actual blinker works all the time just the indicater seems to have a problem. I saw a video of a guy that painted his bike himself with spraypaint and it came out really nice thinking of doing the same anybody here done it? Anyways first time owning/driving a Goldwing so any advice would be great, had a Suzuki Intruder 800 for awhile. thanks



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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby thrasherg » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:28 pm

I'll get in first, when where the timing belts last changed? They need to be replaced every 5 years or 50,000 miles (as a rough guideline), otherwise you have covered most of the basics.. Enjoy the ride.

Gary

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:52 pm

Neutral light is turned on by grounding the wire that feeds the neutral switch.If I'm not mistaken,the 81 model used a switch next to the lower right front engine mount,like the gl1000's.If so the switch may be contaminated.Unhook the wire to it to see if the light goes out.The switch can be replaced or unhooked(you would have to use the clutch to start it).It is also possible that the wire is pinched or chaffed and simply shorting to ground.Your turn signal indicator gets it's power from the same wire as the turn signal lamp.I suspect that if it only happens when using the left turn signal,the turn signal lamp itself is bad.Front or rear.Sometimes the element will break loose and short the park light and turn signal together.

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby ramdam1 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:29 pm

Painted mine with spraypaint and I have to say it came out pretty good. Received a few comments. Redid the pin stripping with double strip tape I got in the autoparts store. Used a razor and cut it to make the 90 degree turns so it looks like original. I'm happy.
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eklimek
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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby eklimek » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:31 am

The left hand grip is straight forward. But how did you remove the throttle grip?

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:36 am

About the same.I slit mine with a box cutter and peeled it off the plastic(nylon)throttle sleeve.I like the big spongy grips.

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby bcnv1100 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:36 pm

I want to spaypaint my bike too, Can a quick run down on how you did yours?, i'm thinking of getting a little 2 or 3 inch sanding disc for the drill then using different grit sizes to sand it smooth, spray it , sand it a little with really high grit sand paper then clear coat. Did your remove the tank,fenders or just tape off around everything???

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby ramdam1 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:27 pm

Took all the parts off one by one. Hand sanded all the parts with various grades of wet dry paper. I have a slop sink in the basement and did a lot of sanding there. Take your time, make sure all the pinstripes are gone 100%. I primed, wet sanded, painted and clear coated. It is a black metalic. Then pinstriped with tape I picked up in the auto store. Redid the emblems while they were off. Small brush and touch up paint.

I had the engine out too since I had to replace it. I have learned a lot from this site. If I had planned better I would have changed the water pump, clutch and stator while I had the engine out. Too late now. Sure would have been a lot easier sitting on the bench. If they go now it will be a lot harder.

Good luck!!

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby bcnv1100 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:50 am

Thanks , Dosnt sound too bad at all. I saw some guys video and he said to wet sand after you get on the coats of black before the clear to smooth it out. Did you do that or did it look good with out it? Cant wait to get to it, ofcourse looks like rain this weekend...

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Re: Just bought 81, 1100

Postby ramdam1 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:45 pm

I did not but I have seen it done too.




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