GL1100 purchase?


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ritewing9
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GL1100 purchase?

Postby ritewing9 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:10 pm



I came across a guy that wanted to sell me a '82 or /83 gl1100. He has all the parts, but has the carbs and the heads off the motor. I think it is an interstate as it has the saddle bags and the trunk. The bike has been sitting outside(uncovered for a spell) so the pistons are exposed, and have some rust. He only wants $ 80.00 for everything. So I think this is a good buy. I think I can get it running. If not , the saddle bags and trunk can be sold and probably triple my investment. Plus everything else looks good on the bike.
What do you guys think?
He knows nothing about bikes, as he took this in a trade fo something else. :|



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riffraff
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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby riffraff » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:08 am

If you've got the space, time and a couple extra bucks you can't go wrong for that money. You'ld get your money back and then some if you just parts it out. If you fix it, the pleasure you'll get is priceless.

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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:37 am

yep what he said..and cylinders can be honed fairly easily if not to pitted..just rusted.
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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby mcasteel » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:09 am

Sounds like a good deal to me too. Especially if you can get the bike up and running!! :twisted:
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sperryunivac
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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby sperryunivac » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:06 pm

At $80.00 for the bike I would not hesitate to buy it as it would be a good investment if you part it out.
Once you do pick it up and with the parts manual in hand, you can go over the entire bike to determine if any parts are missing, what the condition of the bike is in and what will need to be repaired. At this point you still do not know what the internals of the engine are like until you either pull it apart or get it started. At a minimum you are looking at buying a gasket kit, timing belts, filters, oil, rad hoses, antifreeze, wheel bearings, brake pads, tires etc, etc. You could be looking at spending $500, $600, $700 ........up to who knows where. If the Gl1100 was running you could test drive it to determine how well it runs and handles. At this point you can only base your judgement on how well it looks.
So you don't want to spend $2500 on the GL1100 if there was one on the market for the same price. But if you like to restore the Gl1100 as a hobby and for the experience and have deep pockets, then go for it.

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RoadRogue
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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:39 pm

$80?????? I would be all over that in a heartbeat,As the others have said worth way more if you have to part it out,and if you do get it running ...... well you know.
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ritewing9
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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby ritewing9 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:08 pm

sperryunivac wrote:At $80.00 for the bike I would not hesitate to buy it as it would be a good investment if you part it out.
Once you do pick it up and with the parts manual in hand, you can go over the entire bike to determine if any parts are missing, what the condition of the bike is in and what will need to be repaired. At this point you still do not know what the internals of the engine are like until you either pull it apart or get it started. At a minimum you are looking at buying a gasket kit, timing belts, filters, oil, rad hoses, antifreeze, wheel bearings, brake pads, tires etc, etc. You could be looking at spending $500, $600, $700 ........up to who knows where. If the Gl1100 was running you could test drive it to determine how well it runs and handles. At this point you can only base your judgement on how well it looks.
So you don't want to spend $2500 on the GL1100 if there was one on the market for the same price. But if you like to restore the Gl1100 as a hobby and for the experience and have deep pockets, then go for it.

Yep! I bought it Tuesday. Could not pass it up. So far what I see it needs is head gaskets, brake pads,gas tank cleaned, calipers overhauled, masters overhauled and probably a few other things. Just looking to get it fired up for right now, then I'll go from there. Bike looks pretty good for 30 years old (1981) it has only 13000 k. This 1981 gl500 silverwing I bought last spring had 47000 k,,, it now has 59000 k and running strong. If I need any help on this project, I know where to go, you guys.

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Re: GL1100 purchase?

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:55 pm

I'll give you 300.00 for it ha ha...Hey, you will double your money and then some..No really, you got a great deal, I have a 81 and I love it..It too was a mess when I got it but it did have the heads on it, but the rest of it sounds about the same, ..Good deal... :D :D




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