1984 Aspencade Resoration Project


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Breiber
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1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:43 am



HI folks,
I've been looking for a Goldwing as a solution to a touring dilemma. My wife and I ride short trips and the odd overnight with my 84 Maxim XJ1100 but I am planning a 6 day trip down the Oregon coast this summer and think the wing is the perfect bike for this. Finally.....I picked up an 84 Aspencade on Friday and so far am thrilled with all that is has to offer. I probably over paid.....$1800 CD for a bike with 95,000 miles and it looks like the most recent owner let it sit under the tarp for the past 3 years. What I am trying to decide (and welcome your input) is to whether I should focus on mechanical systems only and just ride it or if I should dive in and do a resto. I really dislike the color I would much prefer a wineberry but since painting is not my strong suit I would have to send that out. The paint itself is pretty straight forward but all the decal work might be an issue. It is important for me to maintain a stock paint scheme as I want to run collectors plates like I do on my Maxim. I love projects and embrace the challenge but I don't know enough about this one yet to make a decision as to how far to go. The easiest option is to enjoy it for the summer and make it a winter project but with our planned summer ride there is an obvious appeal to the idea of riding a bike that looks awesome and turns heads wherever you go. Once I restore a bike it stays permanently (I don't sell them) so I welcome an opinion on keep the 1200 vs clean it up, ride it, sell it, and possibly move on to a 1500 or a nicer 1200.

Anyone have some thoughts or input? I would also like to see some photos of your restorations to give me some ideas.

Cheers,
Brian
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby twocams » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:52 pm

It looks like a pretty clean bike from the pictures. I would wash and wax for now and do the mechanics. Do your ride and paint this winter. The decals are NLA so some painting for that would be necessary. I have only done one restoration.So far.


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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:29 pm

Sounds like you got a good ride for a nice price. Agree with Twocams, some mechanical work, then clean it up and ride. I did most of my maintenance in the last few months in "chunks" of work.

Since it is the riding season, check the brakes - make sure the pads are good (I ordered mine from Kapscomoto out of Mississauga, Ontario - approximately $48.00 delivered for front and rear pads) and the calipers are free to move (pivot pin/sleeve is generally overlooked). If you are not sure, change the timing belts, will also be a good time for a rad flush. Flush the brake and clutch fluids. One other thing is to take out the final drive and clean/lube the drive line. After this, have a good summer. The ride down the coast is spectacular, did it last year. If there are other items you want to do, good projects for the coming off season.

Here is a link for some manuals, etc. https://www.hightail.com/download/ZWJYM ... VW5tcXRVag

I also have the OEM service manual in two parts for your bike. If you PM me with your particulars, I will try to send. Just down the road from you, don't hesitate to contact if you need support.

Good luck. Cheers
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:00 pm

Yes, good advice by both of you. It's just so tempting to rip into it and make it pretty again. However, the risk is that I miss the riding season if I get hung up. I think the deciding factor will be the collector plates application. If I get turned down I will start the restoration. Otherwise I will wait for winter. Maybe I'll come across a lower mileage burgundy or black one.

I'll keep you all posted

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:06 am

The collector plates take a few weeks so you will be able to do the basic maintenance that you determine. I would look at the drive line and make sure it is lubed well with moly paste. 3 to 4 hours for first go around. I have had mine off a few times in the last months. One hour from start until final drive (FD) and drive shaft is on work bench. Well worth the peace of mind, then drive it and have fun.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:11 am

Sounds about right. I think it took about a month the last time I applied for plates. Hopefully I'll have so.e positive updates on the bike soon.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:26 am

When I did the work on mine, I did it in work packages so that I could do the work in a few days, put it back together, ride and test everything. Then do another bit of work, and so on. Worked well for me, especially since we had so much rain. Any work I do now has to be done in a day so I don't miss riding time. I like to use the bike as my main mode of transportation.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby gooberwiper » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:13 am

Cool - I have a nearly identical project going on. :D

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:28 pm

Well I couldn't help myself. Here we go.
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:30 pm

Take lots of pictures, not only for us, but for yourself as well. Good luck. I'm looking forward to following this.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Thu May 05, 2016 10:45 am

Been a bit of a slow go but auto painting is all new to me. 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Made a few mistakes but all were correctable with a little research and help from a friend. Here's the parts in there new colour. Last coat of clear goes on today. I can't wait to move on to the few minor mechanical issues. My tentative goal is to be on the road for the first week of June.

Safe riding everyone

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Thu May 05, 2016 12:34 pm

Great looking colour. It looks like a lot of work, but your bike is going to stand out!! Keep the pictures coming!

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Wed May 11, 2016 8:23 pm

Ughhhh. I love a good project but I always feel a little regret as I work my way through it. Every time I open something up I realize that there is so much more underneath that I should look at while I'm in this far. My poor bikes in pieces and the weather is calling me. The timing belts are off and will arrive tomorrow. I think I paid $7 each local. I got a new rad cap, thermostat, and changed the oil in the final drive. Just waiting on fork seals and starter solenoid and I can start to reassemble. The wires to the starter solenoid were pretty burnt. Does anyone know of a way to bench test the fan sending unit? it looks fairly clean although the wire harness connector is messed up and needs a rework. I'd hate to put it all back together and the fan not work. I've only ridden the bike once in March and don't remember ever hearing the fan come on.

Sadly it looks like I am also facing the dreaded stator issue. The stator has obviously been changed once from looking at the wiring and judging by the harness plugs I don't think it was that long ago. I get reasonable Voltage output (AC and DC checks) on all 3 legs. I also have infinite resistance to ground. When I check continuity between stator legs I get continuity across 1 pair. However, when I check either of those to the 3rd leg I get resistance. I'm bummed about this although I am not really surprised. I am hoping that with all my wiring cleaned up, and a good battery I will be able to enjoy a few rides on it this summer and then I will consider pulling the motor in the winter or doing the alternator conversion.

Fun, fun, fun
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Fri May 13, 2016 11:03 pm

Finally some good news in this saga. My approval letter came in today for collectors plates. Time to bust it if I want to get on the road.

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Wed May 18, 2016 3:34 pm

It's a long and arduous task but it is coming together. New timing belts are on, fork seals are done. Slowly buttoning things back up while I wait for the alternator. The compressor desdicant has been serviced and the switch lubricated. Currently I'm having a little trouble repairing some broken airline line fittings.


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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:22 pm

Well it's done and on the road finally. It runs great and is ready for a trip. The alternator conversion went well. I'm a little disappointed in my paint job. It looks good for my first attempt at painting but it could have been so much better. It's been a fun project and I've learned a lot about this bike.






Now it's time to ride

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby CrystalPistol » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:09 pm

From a guy who doesn't know how to sell one ..... nice job on the paint .... looks great from here. That oem color also looks nice and isn't one to show dust .... like "vintage red" does on mine.

Good luck on finding those seat brackets .... and enjoy the 1200.
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:15 pm

Thanks,
I ended up making some brackets with scraps from the alternator conversion.

Cheers,
Brian

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rusty Bike » Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:02 pm

Looks nice. i like that color. My 86 SEi is coming along slowly buy surely. I rode it a few miles then tore it down. Got the forks done last saturday with new Progressive springs. New tires. I'll put the front back together soon . New brake pads and all rubber parts also. Next the rear end gets torn down. New brakes, molly the splines , fix exhaust leaks, and anything else I find. i figured I'd have it done by now but... :roll: I bought the bike for $1600.00 and it has 44,000 miles on it. It is pretty much a virgin, stock bike. Just ordered a Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket a few hrs ago. I'v probably spent a grand so far on tires, parts and gear. Still need plates and insurance. This is my first road bike in 26 years! I would like to ride this bike to Alaska next summer. I'm just N. of Pittsburgh PA...Go Steelers!

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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Rednaxs60 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:47 pm

Excellent looking job! Always a good feeling when a project comes to fruition.

Ride safe!
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Re: 1984 Aspencade Resoration Project

Postby Breiber » Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:57 pm

Thanks Ernest,

I'll be in touch soon about that ride.




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