1981 gl1100


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hondo
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1981 gl1100

Postby hondo » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:44 am



Hello: I have taken possesion of a 1981 gl1100 just recently and would like to hopefully ride it this fall. There-in lies the problem. This bike has been up on a bike jack for the last 9 years in a heated garage and hasn't been ran or even turned over. Other than changing all the fluids and belts what should I look out for or do before trying to fire her up. The carbs were removed and rebuilt at the time this unit was parked and are still off. Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks: Hondo



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virgilmobile
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Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:55 pm

Just your basic stuff.
Check the floats while the carbs are off and see if everything looks clean.Take care in replacing the belts,read about it first,and hand turn the motor a few times before you crank it.

Tend to the 3 yellow wire problem and dog bone fuse.

Do adjust the valves and you will have to sync the carbs to get it to run smooth.Dump all the old gas out.
Crank it over with no plugs in it to get oil pressure,then new plugs and start it.

Keep the rpm moderate for a bit.Don't start and blast off till it's warmed up and the cooling system is obviously working.

If the tires are dry rotted or hardened,for safety sake,replace them.

Baby it a little at first,talk to it,get intima.......sorry,getting carried away. :mrgreen:

Just check it over,kick the tires,bounce the shocks,listen to the motor,stay close to home for a while.There hard to push.

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WingAdmin
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Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:38 pm

Out of all those things - before you even crank it over, change the timing belts!

hondo
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Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby hondo » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:09 pm

Thanks to Virgilmobile aand wingadmin for getting back to me on my start up questions. I will change the belts and am also going to lay the unit down on each side and introduce some atf in the top cylinders before turning it over. Am new at the game and am unsure of which wiring problem was being referred too. Any info will help and be greatly appreciated. Thanks Hondo

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littlebeaver
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Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:00 pm

Hey Hondo, are you in Hondo Texas? I rode thru Hondo a few weeks ago, I'm in SA...Welcome to the site and good luck with your 81 I love mine....

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Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby Goldwing 80 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:29 pm

Including all that was mentioned,also go over the brake system really well.Might as well drain out all the old fluid,flush the brake system.Also change out the diff. fluid.If the tires are bad,might be a good time to take the diff off the rear wheel,and give it a once-over,along with some new moly grease.Have fun and ride safe,...Charlie.

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virgilmobile
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83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: 1981 gl1100

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:12 am

3 yellow wires,left side of battery.Suggest cutting off the plug and soldering the wires directly together.One for one.It doesn't matter which one went where,It's AC. then insulate them.

Dog bone fuse...It's attached under a cover on the starter relay,right side of the battery.Remove the factory fuse and replace it with a waterproof auto 30 amp fuse holder and fuse.

Scrape clean all connections attached to the battery including the ground where it attaches to the frame.




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