!985 GL 1200 Restoration


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Lastnichol
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!985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby Lastnichol » Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:02 pm



Hello I have a 1985 GL 1200 Aspendcade with approximately 18,000 miles on it. Its in pretty good shape, but has been sitting for about 7 years. I am looking for someone who might be able to restore it. It probaly needs to have the carbs rebuilt, fluids changed, stator checked, brakes checked out, tuned, possibly tires, some tender loving care and what ever. I live in the Cincinatti, Ohio area, but would be willing to transport it to the right person. Hoping to make this a winter project. Thanks Chuck



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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby twocams » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:37 pm

Well Chuck, I just bought a 85 Aspencade couple months ago been in a garage for 5 yrs. Most all this stuff can be done yourself with a couple books and common hand tools. Just take your time and rebuild each part one at a time. You can learn a lot about your bike along the way. On the other hand if you just dont want to mess with it, or dont have the room I can understand. I like playing with and rebuilding motorcycles myself. This one picture is of my Wing after getting carbs out and gas tank out. The other picture is of my 1969 R69S BMW I rebuilt and finished last month and did 99.9 % of the work. Before and after.


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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby thompsoj22 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:05 am

hey, just some insight. I am in the process of restoring my first 86 1200I. ive done a lot of restorations and do everything but machining myself. You have to understand that no matter how much cash you toss at one of these relics you cant change the fact that they are 30 years old. all the plastic/rubber is brittle every electrical component either still works for some reason or is waiting for a reason not to. parts can be hard to find and expensive!. my advice is to not disassemble anything that currently works, get some fresh fuel in it and change the oil. Run it and see what happens. be extremely cautious with replacing the radiator coolant, pull the radiator cap "cold" and use a turkey baster to siphon some coolant. if it still resembles coolant "leave it alone". anyway I could go on and on, it's a really old bike but it's a Honda and can run along time. Get it running and save your cash for when it breaks!. Don't attempt a "total restoration" for touring purposes, no disrespect but these bikes are "relics". State of the art in their day but dinosaurs when compared to the new bikes.

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby twocams » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:39 am

I disagree, to some point. Look up the 2015 Motorcycle Cannon Ball Run. Where motorcycles cant be newer than 1915 (?). They ride from Florida to Washington state. Using Henderson's,Harleys,BMW and some bikes I have never heard of. My Wing isnt going to be a restore, just a safe and serviceable ride.

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby triwing » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:19 pm

Seems if the bike has not been abused, & had reasonable care, you'll have a hard time wearing it out! :lol:

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby thompsoj22 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:19 am

twocams wrote:I disagree, to some point. Look up the 2015 Motorcycle Cannon Ball Run. Where motorcycles cant be newer than 1915 (?). They ride from Florida to Washington state. Using Henderson's,Harleys,BMW and some bikes I have never heard of. My Wing isnt going to be a restore, just a safe and serviceable ride.

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it is simply a rubiks cube, working on any aspect of the cube will effect the other parts. take a "simple" carb rebuild, will you not do head gaskets as the carb removal is 80% of the job might as well do timing belts as they have to come off what about tensioners? might as well throw a cps at it while you have the cover off, valve job? at least stem seals what about air shut off valve and every piece of 30 year old tubing, your in this far so do the water pump and front cover seals, jeeze im this far might as well pull the motor and do the stator, I wonder how the clutch plates look? I haven't even started to look at the electrical harness and any "prior owner" hidden surprises! I don't claim to be a subject matter specialist on these bikes but what I have learned is that you can quite likely put some fresh gas in one of these bikes and a thousand miles later everything works!

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:57 pm

i feel very blessed with my $400.00 "new to me" 86 1200 SEi aspencade. when i first got it a couple weeks ago it wasn't running. the PO said it had a bad crank sensor so it wouldn't start. well, after finding the wiring to the crank pulse sensor, (thanks to all the people here that helped me find them and the plug under the false tank shelter), and tracing the wires it to where it plugs into, i found that it unplugged, (guess the PO didn't know that), so i plugged it in, and with a new battery, it fired right up after sitting in a junk yard for 6 months. when it first started, it was belching out black smoke, so i put some sea foam and injector cleaner into the fuel tank and after about an hour it cleared up and ran nice. other than replacing the battery, starter and solenoid and a few light bulbs, this bike runs good.

when i took it for a ride to where i bought it to pick up a few more "odds and ends" the PO had for me i told him what i found out and boy was he pissed. oh well, his loss was my gain. I've put over a thousand miles on this bike so far, and it's doing well. i do have plans to replace the belts, tensioners and tires soon, but that will wait until i get my "Christmas money" from my mother-in-law next month.
today i finished wiring in a 12v power outlet and my cell phone holder that was on my other bike, and installed a new trailer wiring plug to replace the one that was not working.

i guess what im trying to say is sometimes you get lucky and you don't need to spend a lot of money on these old wings until you really have to.

stuart.

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:36 pm

Stuart,

So you rode the bike back to the PO and told him there was a wire unplugged, and now the bike runs perfectly - cannot understand how he would be pissed at you :D

Like rubbing salt into an open wound I would think.. but glad the bike is running sweetly for you as well. I don't think of it too harshly as the PO could also have found this site - and possibly fixed the problem himself - I hope you told him about the forum - just in case he gets another Goldwing...or are you keeping that secret to yourself lol

cheers

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:51 pm

Aussie81Interstate wrote:Stuart,

So you rode the bike back to the PO and told him there was a wire unplugged, and now the bike runs perfectly - cannot understand how he would be pissed at you :D

Like rubbing salt into an open wound I would think.. but glad the bike is running sweetly for you as well. I don't think of it too harshly as the PO could also have found this site - and possibly fixed the problem himself - I hope you told him about the forum - just in case he gets another Goldwing...or are you keeping that secret to yourself lol

cheers


he's pissed at me because he didn't find it himself and sold it to me for a ridiculously low price. i guess he was fed up with it and didn't have the money to replace the crank sensor when he found out it was almost 85 dollars plus whatever labor was involved in installing it. im not sure if he has a computer or not so i didn't mention this site. if i see him again, i'll let him know about it. i have his phone number so i can call him to ask him questions about when and what if anything he's replaced.

stuart.

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby paneled » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:20 pm

I have one just like yours, when I bought mine it was missing on one or two cyl,
after a new set of plugs and repairing vacuum leaks at the sensors above the air
box it runs great, just finished installing external alt, water pump and timing belts,
Next up will be the fork seals, this forum has been a great resource to have in my back
pocket, can't say thanks enough.
I have been trying to find a new windshield for mine, all I have found are a lot shorter than mine
Took mine off and it is 32.5 inches tall and 28.5 at the widest point.
I can tell this thing is never going to be finished, kind of like an old house always needing something.
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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:59 am

wow, that's a tall windshield. is it still in good shape? can you take a few pics of it? i'd love to see what it looks like. if its still in good condition and your not using it, would you consider selling it? let me know. the windshield i have is kinda tall and wraps around and down onto the fairing on both sides, but im not sure if it will work with the windshield wiper im thinking about getting for it.

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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby paneled » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:55 pm

it is need of replacement, hard to see through at night with oncoming lights.
has a scratch or two on the inside from the master and clutch cyls rubbing it during full turns
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Re: !985 GL 1200 Restoration

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:22 pm

uhhhhh, ok, well....thanks for letting me know. i'll have to keep my eye out for a replacement for mine, not that it needs it yet, but i want to know what to expect price wise.

thanks,

stuart.




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