Buying an 1100


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Buying an 1100

Postby Jeffy1500 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:31 pm



What are some things to look for when considering the purchase of an 1100? Thanks



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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:55 pm

Frame first for serious rust take a mechanic's mirror with you, then I'd check the Vin. # on the neck of the frame to the title before I buy it. Everything else is pretty basic..Just make sure it's not making any ugly sounds while running and none of the gears are bad.. You don't want a bike that pops out of second gear or any gear for that matter..

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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:22 am

check weep holes..on fuel pump and water pump..if dripping or stained..leaking??? Oil leaking around front fork slides, same on rear, does it idle smoothly at 950rpm's?, popping on deceleration, brakes..stop AND release, rotting brake lines, compression check, water in the oil, oil in the water, rust in gas tank, scoring on brake discs, smooth shifting should be a light click if a hard thump not good.
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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby blackbird » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:43 am

I'm curious about your shifting comment, "Light click". I have an '83A with about 42K miles on it. I don't have a nice "click" when I shift gears, its a pretty good thump or clunk however you want to call it. The bikes runs great, but you definitely know when you shift. Your thoughts?

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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby riffraff » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:06 am

I don't know for sure, but my naked 83 lets me no when I shift too. Particularly going into 2nd. But it all changes according to engine rpm, and how long you hold the clutch in before you shift. It'll change depending on riding style.

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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:24 am

The bigger the clunk the more wear on your dogs and/or forks..my 1100 is the smoothest I've ever ridden..and I've hidden over a dozen 1000's and 1100's. My 81 will give me a clunk every once in a while..but usually a little click almost nothing..but I can feel it take hold in the shifter..very nice feeling..smoooooth. Kind of the difference between popping the clutch and letting it out very slowly..thump VS click..if that helps. Light click is better.

A clunk could be a clutch plates grabbing too.
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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby britman » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:09 am

My 82 and 83 make the thumping sound when changing gears

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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby PAPete » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:27 pm

To get rid of the hard clunk between 1st and 2nd, try this: Hold the shift "pedal" up with your left foot as tight as possible. Only after the pedal is up securely do you then pull in the clutch. Works for me every time -- on every bike I've owned -- if I do it right.
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Re: Buying an 1100

Postby PAPete » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:33 pm

Jeffy1500 wrote:What are some things to look for when considering the purchase of an 1100? Thanks


Here's a link with some things to look for when buying a used bike: http://www.goldwingfacts.com/used1100.htm Hope this helps.


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