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by bruce swaybill
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: TIMING MARKS I NEED TO UNDERSTAND
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: TIMING MARKS I NEED TO UNDERSTAND

Since one timing mark is low and one is high, I think your T1 is not quite lined up with its mark. You gotta look square down hole! Take a second look...…..
by bruce swaybill
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Greetings and tips for first big bike
Replies: 30
Views: 1376

Re: Greetings and tips for first big bike

Welcome to the big boys club! I have an 83 gl1100, I found that 40psi in both tires and max air pressure preload on both ends helps the low speed handling (below 15mph). Don’t let the rear sag too much as that increases the steering rake angle and makes the handling slow to respond at all speeds. I ...
by bruce swaybill
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: How to get more clearance between left front rotor and caliper mount?
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: How to get more clearance between left front rotor and caliper mount?

So the ‘bracket’ you mentioned is the the TRAC system swing arm that the caliper mounts to, correct? And it looks like this?: 79530F2A-B9C4-4F9C-8057-52C7BC9C4BD8.jpeg I ask because your picture does not look like an 83... And you have mounted the bracket first then the caliper, right? Have you chec...
by bruce swaybill
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: How to get more clearance between left front rotor and caliper mount?
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: How to get more clearance between left front rotor and caliper mount?

I wouldn’t push too hard. I’ve never pushed and never had a problem because the calipers float on those shoulder bolts you should have lubed before mounting the calipers. Before mounting you should spread the pads apart. Once mounted and before pulling the lever you should be able to slide the calip...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles
Replies: 30
Views: 2580

Re: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles

You know, to be fair, the numbers or percentage of people who ride in the US has always been smaller than other parts of he world. Here in CT, I see lots of 20-somethings buzzing around on sport bikes. And a fair number of older folks on cruisers and tourers. And the BRC class schedules fill up ever...
by bruce swaybill
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles
Replies: 30
Views: 2580

Re: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles

Ya know, I remember the old folk saying similar things about me and my friends when I was younger. Now, we’ve become those old farts. Back then they didn’t understand us and now we don’t understand them.
Things never change. 😳😩😀👍👌
And the world goes on....
by bruce swaybill
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles
Replies: 30
Views: 2580

Re: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles

I think millennials don’t do many things their parents’ generation did for the same as every other : a little rebellion, a lot of not growing up with it, and especially in this case, a lot of being told to be afraid of it. I know my gen was very protective, risk adverse (except for money matters) an...
by bruce swaybill
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles
Replies: 30
Views: 2580

Re: Why millenials don't ride motorcycles

Referring back to the video from trike lady;
What those kids that saw windows 95 do not realize is that all the stuff they think is normal today will seem just as ridiculous to them in the future 20-30 years from now!
And they’ll look back fondly....
Funny!
by bruce swaybill
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: piston seals, dust seals
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: piston seals, dust seals

The front left and rear calipers use 32mm pistons while the front right has 25mm pistons. Each caliper will have these numbers stamped on the forward facing side just above the Exit of the disk. The difference is part of the linked brakes system. Your Honda dealer will have the latest versions of th...
by bruce swaybill
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: What year is this master cylinder?
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: What year is this master cylinder?

Yes, the 83 had a 14mm bore while the earlier models used a 5/8inch (15.88mm) bore. The smaller bore is used with the single caliper (front left) activated by the hand lever as part of the linked brake system. The foot lever activated the rear and the front right calipers. You will also find if you ...
by bruce swaybill
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: How to adjust the timing .
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: How to adjust the timing .

So, you are asking about the cam timing not the ignition timing.....? He took the belt off after he lined up the timing mark (T1) on the flywheel, right? If so that’s good.... otherwise not. Does he have a service manual? There are many many posts on this site regarding the timing belts. Search on “...
by bruce swaybill
Tue May 26, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: What weight oil for progressive fork springs?
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: What weight oil for progressive fork springs?

I have an 83 interstate with progressive fork springs, Honda 10w fork oil and just below 20psi air, as well as the progressive 412 shocks set at preload of 4 (the GW part number is only HD springs). I’m 5-10 and 240# and It rides and handles like a dream. Solid with no wallowing in the curves. When ...
by bruce swaybill
Sat May 23, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Goldie got a “summer cut” this week!
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Goldie got a “summer cut” this week!

With the tall shield, I wore a 3/4 helmet most of the time. It’s quieter than my 1/2 helmet. With the tall shield I heard very little wind but all the engine sounds, good and bad. In fact I thought the GW was louder than my Bonneville. I only felt little puffs of wind in my face. And little more on ...
by bruce swaybill
Fri May 22, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Goldie got a “summer cut” this week!
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Goldie got a “summer cut” this week!

0C7DAB99-E815-49AE-ADDB-30149E4712E2.jpeg :D Goldie got a “summer cut” this week. On stinking hot humid days this old girl is unbearable. The still air pocket created by the fairing that is great on cold or rainy days can almost make me pass out in July or August. So, I’m trying an experiment. I sw...
by bruce swaybill
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1100I passenger back rest
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: GL1100I passenger back rest

Happy wife, happy life!
😃😍👏😉😇
by bruce swaybill
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1100I passenger back rest
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: GL1100I passenger back rest

There were two back rests for the GL1100 - the 80-82 had a short pad (flush with the top of the trunk) and the 83 had a taller pad (1-2 inches above the trunk). You could also make a custom back rest using the same mounting holes with a plywood base, new foam and new vinyl cover, to any height she w...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: High Idle
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: High Idle

3500 rpm sounds like the choke is on …..
by bruce swaybill
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1983 GL1100 Rear Brake Caliper replacement - SOLVED!
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: 1983 GL1100 Rear Brake Caliper replacement - SOLVED!

Yes, the front and rear calipers on an '83 GL1100 are the same as the '84-'87 GL1200's. I did not know about the 1500's ….
by bruce swaybill
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Where to find rear caliper for 83 GL-1100
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Where to find rear caliper for 83 GL-1100

On the 83 interstate the front and rear left side calipers are the same. They have 32mm pistons and you should find a stamp of the number 32 on the forward facing side of the caliper just above where disk exits. The front right has 25mm pistons while the 82 had 30’s all around. Btw, any caliper you ...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade front brake pads
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: 1983 GL1100 Aspencade front brake pads

From the EBC catalog on the website:
For an 83 GW Aspencade
Front:
EBC FA69/2 organic
EBC FA69/2V semi-sintered
Rear:
EBC FA69 organic
EBC FA69/V semi-sintered
by bruce swaybill
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1983 GL1100 Self Cancelling Turn Signals shut off immediately
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: 1983 GL1100 Self Cancelling Turn Signals shut off immediately

It has been a while since I saw all this but I remember the canceling controller is located under the false tank / enclosure on the left side, forward of the regulator, on a bracket it shares with the two igniter units. The controller works a solenoid in the switch pod that centers the turn signal s...
by bruce swaybill
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1983 GL1100 Self Cancelling Turn Signals shut off immediately
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: 1983 GL1100 Self Cancelling Turn Signals shut off immediately

I got so ticked off for it canceling early that I disconnected and removed the controller. Life is much better now....
by bruce swaybill
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1983 Gl1100I - Replacement Brake Pads in 2019?
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: 1983 Gl1100I - Replacement Brake Pads in 2019?

For an 83 GW:
EBC FA69 organic
EBC FA69/V semi-sintered
by bruce swaybill
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Has anyone on this forum ever actually had a OEM timing belt failure on GL1100?
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Has anyone on this forum ever actually had a OEM timing belt failure on GL1100?

Mine had worn teeth on one belt at 4K miles due to low tension and it slipped a few teeth until the valves began to interfere with the pistons. After rebuilding the heads, replacing the belts and adjusting properly ( 5-7mm with 2kg weight ) no issues after a few thousand miles. Now I inspect them wh...