I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983


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tungsten12
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I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby tungsten12 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:12 pm



Well, at the age of 56, I finally bought the bike I wanted 28 years ago. I bought a 1983 Interstate with 29,700 miles on it. I'm noticing a couple of things that bother me. Maybe someone can shed some light on these issues. When I turn the key, the bike doesn't crank for a second or so. There's a delay. After the first time, it seems to be responsive immediately. It seems to be getting worse as time goes on. Starter? Or maybe an electrical contact problem? Second issue. During the first couple of minutes it's warming up, there's a distinct pffft sound every 10 seconds or so that sounds like a cylinder may be missing or mis-firing. After a couple minutes of that, it goes away and runs fine. The bike also feels sluggish compared to my peppy 1982 Yamaha XJ1100. It doesn't accelerate nearly as fast as the Yamaha. On a side note, can anyone tell me where to find some used light bar lenses and chrome grills? I've looked for months and can't seem to find those items because they're not Honda accessories. Lastly, the Goldwing runs at 2200 rpm at 40 mph and 2500 rpm at 45 mph while my Yamaha runs 2700 rpm at 40 mph and 3000 rpm at 45 mph. I'm getting 60 mpg out of the Yamaha on long rides with no stops at 40 to 45 mph but only 53 mpg out of the Honda on the same run. I know the Honda weighs more but the rpm's are quite a bit lower so I would expect the mileage to be closer to the Yamaha. I've owned the Yamaha since 1982 so I'm very used to the way it rides and handles. I'm trying to get used to the slower, less responsive Honda. I was going to take the Honda out for one last ride but now it won't start. It cranks very well but won't turn over. I ran the battery down once and re-charged it. It ran for a few seconds a couple of times but then stalled and wouldn't even do that. I've noticed the choke is tricky. You can't open the choke all the way or it floods. It's a gorgeous, loaded black bike but some of the problems are starting to get me down. Any help or suggestions on any of this stuff would be appreciated. Thanks!



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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:48 am

It sounds like it's time for a tune up.Just the general stuff.Plugs,carb sync,valve adjustment,etc.The gl1100 is a bit less peppy than some other crotch rockets but should pull hard and smooth.When you hit the starter button,it should immediately run the starter,if not,test light probe the starter lug to see if the voltage is going to the starter or stopping at the solenoid.
Both my 1100 and 1200 are a little cold blooded and take a few seconds to stabilize.
Your RPM's sound about right and so does the mileage.
Not a clue about the lens,although,look at the numbers on them.I think they may be "Stanley parts" Google the name and part number.You might get a hit from that.

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby dingdong » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:28 am

Some very good reading at Randakks site about the gl1000 and the gl1100. A lot of the gl1000 info is applicable to the gl1100. Might want to read about both.
Your xj1100 will forever out accelerate the Gl1100 especially the 83. The gl1100 is fairly quick and should run better than you are describing. 5th gear on the 83 is referred to as overdrive and the roll on times in 5th gear are not too impressive. I suspect a carb rebuild is in your future.

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If you are getting 53mpg on the gl1100, consider yourself very lucky. Most owners get in the 40s.
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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby tungsten12 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:35 pm

Thanks to you both for your replies, comments and suggestions. I need to learn how to sync the carbs. I'm new to the forum and understand there are some very good articles on here. I've read about people getting mileage in the 30's and 40's and that seems pretty low to me. Keep in mind, I was doing a very steady 40 to 45 mph for 250 miles (about 125 miles each trip) with almost no stops, then filled it up, trying to squeeze out the best mpg's I could, just to see what the big guy would produce. Most people don't drive their bikes that way. I've always been told Honda Goldwing people are very friendly and helpful, which is why I turned to this forum. Again, my sincere thanks for your replies!

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:47 pm

Just be aware...generally speaking,the biggest thing you will notice with a good sync is improved idle smoothness and off idle acceleration with less engine grumble.

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby jcruzan » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:34 pm

I just bought my first wing last spring. Had nearly the same concerns as you do. But after spending the summer rebuilding a lot of it and fixing it up I now have a very quick and responsive bike that will hold it's own with anything similar. for the power and speed they key for me was new ignition coils, new wires and new plugs. The old ones worked but seemed to be a little weak when I put in the new stuff it was like installing a new bike! I was astounded at the improvement.

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby dkorody » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:00 pm

for your lights try a semi truck acc shop another guy told me this

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby britman » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:53 pm

The reason it doesn't feel as fast as your XJ1100 is that it has about 400LBS of tupper ware on it if its dressed . I have both dressed and naked and boy does the naked one fly and if i want the dressed one will get up and go if if you wind it up . And if your getting 53mpg out of the wing that's about 10 more than anyone else is getting .One thing you might want to do is to clean all electrical connections and if the battery is not fully charged the wing wont like it for some reason

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Re: I Just Bought My First Goldwing, A 1983

Postby blackbird » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:47 pm

Congrats on your first Wing. I got mine (after wanting one for about 20 years) 1983 A. It had many issues, mostly from sitting for almost 10 years, but after carbs, brakes, new belts and some cleaning, it runs like a charm. It is a little cold-blooded, but is as responsive as I would expect. We ride 2-up, in the Northwest (mountains, highways, etc.) and get about 38-45mpg, through all speeds. Good luck




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