New Owner of an '85 Interstate


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New Owner of an '85 Interstate

Postby djoyner » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:09 pm



I've been lurking on this site for a month or so while I shopped for a good deal on a GL1200. I picked up one today that 's in pretty good shape with 45k miles on her (I'll post some pics this weekend).

I've done some searching on this site and noted that changing the timing belts is strongly recommended (the owner said that he has never changed the timing belts). Where is a good place to purchase belts that are comparable to the OEM belts?

My plan is to eventually get this bike roadworthy to the point where I can ride it across country and back if I chose to do so. Other than fluids, timing belts, checking stator connections, are there any recommended items that should be check/changed on a bike of this age?

Any and all info will be most appreciated.


D J
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Re: New Owner of an '85 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:01 pm

NAPA sells Gates belts, and Gates is also the manufacturer of the Honda OEM belts, so you can be pretty sure that the belts are of comparable quality. Most people use the NAPA Gates belts because they are half the price that Honda sells theirs for.

But yes, change them ASAP!

If you have a look at my Winter Maintenance Log from last year, you can see pretty well everything that you could ever really want to do - just about. I decided last year that I wanted to make my 1100 as reliable as possible, and with that in mind, I replaced or rebuilt just about every wear item on the bike. That way I'll be much more comfortable on long-distance rides. It also made me far more familiar with (and comfortable working on) my bike.

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Re: New Owner of an '85 Interstate

Postby djoyner » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:24 pm

WingAdmin, that's exactly what I was looking for! I'll make a prioritized list from your maintenance log and develop a plan of attack. Some I will do in the immediate future and others I will make a 'winter' project as you've indicated.

Thanks for the info.
D J
2006 VTX 1300S
1978 GL1000
1985 GL1200 Interstate
1995 GL1500 Interstate

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Re: New Owner of an '85 Interstate

Postby djoyner » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:55 pm

Finally go some pics of my new '85 Interstate. I did the stator check and just as I suspected, it has one open winding. I've ordered the Poorboy Alternator Conversion kit and plan to have this completed by next weekend along with the timing belts.

I picked this bike up for $1000.00, so if that's the biggest repair item then I'll consider it a pretty good deal.



D J
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1978 GL1000
1985 GL1200 Interstate
1995 GL1500 Interstate

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