New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate


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newcycleownerGL1200
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New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby newcycleownerGL1200 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:27 am



I have always wanted a bike (specifically my dad's 1975 GL1000 with 27,000 actual miles) 2 weeks ago i happened to knock on this guy's door to ask about his 84 GL1200.

When he opened the door he was an older man and really grumpy , i thought oh great im going to get barked at for disturbing him.........nervously i said "hi i am curious about your goldwing"...........is it for sale?

He told me that its been sitting (uncovered outside) for 3 years and that he just rode it where it sits now and never went back to it.

again i asked him is it for sale? he replied with I can't find the title, but you can have it just get it out of my driveway.

So that evening we went and picked it up.
To my dismay i noticed the wires at the battery (4 connectors ) are totally fried , i mean burnt

I have never riden a bike before, my dad has constantly lectured me about getting killed on a bike my entire life and now i decided not to allow him or anyone else keep me from having one.

I will remove all the plastics and learn how to ride it then it will get a full paint job and i will reassemble it, im thinking burgundy and black two-tone or dark blue metalic and black,
not bad for free right?
not bad for free right?



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HALBUDD
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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:34 pm

Wow thats great and it was free!!! man you lucked out,have fun and hope to see it up an you riding soon. Hal
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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:39 pm

nice wing but what are you going to do about the title
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newcycleownerGL1200
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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby newcycleownerGL1200 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:53 pm

Thanks guys , I own a restoration shop so i will apply for an abandon vehicle title and in 90 days i will have the title at a cost of $50 bucks or so , not a problem

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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby starfleetengineer » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:26 pm

SWEET DEAL :o I am very happy for you ;) Your half way there, keep going! See you on the road :!:
How many times do I have to tell ya,,, The right tool for the right job!

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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby Big-Bob » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Nice find, I hope after all that sitting out in the weather the engine can be saved. Even if you are a good mechanic, be aware that there are a lot of parts that are no longer available for that bike. About 3 months ago, I bought an '85 1200LTD with 93,000 miles on it for cheap. The engine seems good and solid, and it sort of ran when I bought it. But in 3 months I am just now getting it on the road. The fuel injection was messed up, I had to fabricate a lot of parts for that that were no longer available, the brakes were all bad, and worse, the rear wheel was ruined where the right side bearing goes. This was a factory defect back in '85, and most were fixed under warranty, I just got unlucky, and wound up with one that wasn't. But I really lucked out when a local member of another forum GAVE me a good rear wheel. The charging system is still not right, the regulator runs red hot, I had to install a high capacity fan and duct under the fake tank to help cool it down. It charges fine. It actually set some wires that were touching it on fire before I installed the cooling fan. All the LTD specific stuff was junk, the stereo, the on board air compressor and self leveling suspension, the travel computer, and the cruise control. I gave all that stuff away, and replaced the rear shocks with non air shocks. I had to have the seat and backrest redone, and get a new windshield, along with several other smaller things. It's almost done, but for 3 months work and over $2000, I wish I had bought one in good condition to start with. Best of luck with yours. Bob

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Re: New Owner of a GL1200 Interstate

Postby trukr » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:55 am

Congratulations and welcome. Great find especially for free. Looks pretty good for sitting for so long. Now the fun begins. Take your time and make sure to check everything out. First thing to do b4 you even try to start it change those timing belts. After sitting for so long it would be a shame to trash the engine by having a timing belt break. I also have an 84. And after some time and tlc, it is a blast too ride. Enjoy. And if you need some help on it you are in the right place. There are many people here who have helped me when I was stumped on mine.




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