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poffutt
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Motorcycle: 1984 Goldwing Interstate GL1200

I am glad I found this site

Postby poffutt » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:18 am



Hi all, Today I am buying a 1985 Goldwing Interstate for $900 bucks. I am so excited. I checked it out yesterday and havent slept all night. :D It needs a battery, brake job and who knows what else. The owner had it hooked up to a car battery and it starts right up and idles and runs. He claims it has never been wrecked and the from my inspection I believe him. It looks like it has been sitting outside for some time. The windshield is yellow. It is covered with dirt. but the plastic and fenders are straight and in good shape. I think it is a dimond in the rough. He had it up on the main stand and went through all the gears for me. The tires have good tred.

You guys are going to become my best friend.

First question. Do you guys know if the windshield being Yellow can be cleanned. if so How?

Thanks i will keep you all posted.



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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:23 pm

As for the windshield yellowing - it depends. I'd try an abrasive cleaner intended for plexiglas (Meguiars is one) and see if that takes off the yellowing. If not, it's possible that it's not just the surface, and the whole windshield will need to be replaced.

You'll definitely want to change the timing belts on it before you do anything else. Also, check the date on the tires, even if they look to be in good condition.

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby trukr » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:28 pm

I would also run some seafoam in the first tank of gas to clean out the carbs. Maybe a little seafoam in the oil and then change the oil with fresh to clean out the crankcase since it has been sitting for a while. Also check all your hoses and fuel lines for deterioration.

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:38 pm

what did the po say was wrong with it besides brakes? is the staror good? oh, welcome to the forum also
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SilverDave
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 GoldWing Aspy

Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby SilverDave » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:00 am

Get your hands on a Clymer or Haynes or a Honda manual ...
Near the front of each there is a page or two of recommended Routine service items
eg Haynes page 1-4 "Maintenance Intervals "

and slowly, do every one of these things on these pages... Assume if its been outside, that none of these are up to date...
so all fluids ( oil/antifreeze/ gas/ brake and clutch / final drive fluids )
Filters : Oil/air/gas line / air pressure pump
Check all cables / steering/ suspension stand fittings and adjustments for smooth operation
Electrical : battery / stator output /fuses kill switch /etc

It took me about a month to get thru all these items to my own satisfaction... so work slowly and methodically.

I had a SilverWing which also lived outdoors before I bought it... and it also had a sun-yellowed windshield...
I would not spend even a second on trying to get the yellow out. ... its inside the acrylic, and probably permanent . Lots of wreckers have good used shields... or you could buy a brand new Slipstreamer, specially made for the GL1200.


Oh two more things :
1) Welcome to the wonderful world of the "FCW"'s . The 1200 is an amazing machine to own.
and 2) ... Enjoy the Ride !!


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fysty-1
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 I with LTD body

Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby fysty-1 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:41 pm

Welcome to this wonderful site poffutt, from Canada's west coast. Angela aka fysty-1 :D
Angela (fysty-1) & Dani
85 GL1200I cloned LTD. Blue may not be the fastest color but it is the prettiest! No matter how blue things may get, there is always a rainbow in the sky

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby poffutt » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:52 pm

Well the guy who sold me this bike was wrong. The title matches the numbers on the bike and the title says it is an 84. Oh well...just one more year closer to being an antique :D I am striping the bike down to the engine and frame. This weekend I got the sattel bags off, the seat, one right engine guard. I guess I will have to remove the exhaust before I can remove the left engine guard. I am taking my time and enjoying taking it apart. Here are my questions.

1. The gas tank is rusty inside. I was told this from the buyer and when he started the bike he had a clean plastic bottle of gas with the fuel line hooked to it so the carbs would not suck in the rust. i tryied to remove the tank but failed. I came to the conclusion you probably will have to remove the back fender to get it out. I vacumed and blew out the tank till i couldn't get anymore dust to come out, but I want to be sure. What is the best way to clean out a rusty gas tank?
2. the speedo cable is broke off (twisted) at the front tire. The odomoter reset button will not turn like the odomoter is froze. Do you think this is what broke the cable? How much should a new cluster cost me?
3. Can you buy customized exaust rather than OEM for this old goldwing. If so, where?

Thanks for all your advice and input.

Paul

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby poffutt » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:04 pm

One more question. Is there anywhere I could download a manual on this bike for free?

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby fysty-1 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:37 pm

poffutt wrote:One more question. Is there anywhere I could download a manual on this bike for free?

This is the site you need. The one you have just joined. :lol: :lol: http://www.goldwingdocs.com/Manuals.asp?type=GL1200 Good luck Angela :D :D :D :D :D
Angela (fysty-1) & Dani
85 GL1200I cloned LTD. Blue may not be the fastest color but it is the prettiest! No matter how blue things may get, there is always a rainbow in the sky

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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby seabee_ » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:58 pm

Here are a couple more sites for downloads.
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/Downloads.htm
http://myweb.midco.net/gl1100singlecarb ... anual.html

As far as cleaning the tank, muratic acid works good. Just be very careful due to it being corrosive to everything. Do a google search for cleaning a tank with the acid. I came across another forum board post of someone cleaning his tank that had before and after pics. I'll try to find that post and re-post it here later.
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poffutt
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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby poffutt » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:47 pm

Thanks everyone, I have enough books on the 1200 I suspect. I will keep you all posted on my progress

Paul

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SilverDave
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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby SilverDave » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:54 pm

Poffutt :
You might read this before you clean the tank with anything....

http://www.randakks.com/TechTip57.htm


Muriatic acid, aside from being super corrosive( as in rather dangerous !! ) is likely to re-flash rust with the worst type of rust... finely divided micro-rust ...
hmmm......
I'd recommend lots of rinsing, and draining draining with just gas... a vacuum with a thick " Straw " and a new fuel filter ... but not actual acid cleaning ...
Just a thought ...

SilverDave

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fysty-1
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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby fysty-1 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:07 am

seabee_ wrote:Here are a couple more sites for downloads.
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/Downloads.htm
http://myweb.midco.net/gl1100singlecarb ... anual.html

As far as cleaning the tank, muratic acid works good. Just be very careful due to it being corrosive to everything. Do a google search for cleaning a tank with the acid. I came across another forum board post of someone cleaning his tank that had before and after pics. I'll try to find that post and re-post it here later.

That one site (http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/Downloads.htm) is difficult to get onto. I clicked on there about8 hrs ago & they don't even let you read the forums without logging on so I figured what's one more GW forum, so I registared, got a autmated responce that stated that I have to be approved & that I would be recieving another E-mail with the acceptance details but have got nothing yet. Don't think this will be a site for me. :? :? :? :( :(
Angela (fysty-1) & Dani
85 GL1200I cloned LTD. Blue may not be the fastest color but it is the prettiest! No matter how blue things may get, there is always a rainbow in the sky

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seabee_
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Re: I am glad I found this site

Postby seabee_ » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:22 am

It may take a day or two, but the site has downloads for all wings 1000 thru 1800.


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