Help buying GL1100


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gabrielguitars
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Help buying GL1100

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So, there’s a 1980 GL1100 for sale locally. The odometer reads only 4760 km. My first thought is that it represents 104,760 km, but . . .it was only registered for 5-6 years. Could it be that low or that high? Help me know what to look for that would tell me which it is more likely to be.



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Considering that the bike is 40 years old, I'd guess that the higher number is more likely.
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Remember in Canada bikes get old. And not many miles

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Take a quick check on the age of the tires. If 4000+ may be the origonals
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The guy wants $1500.00 for that bike. He's already removed the original carbs and replaced them with another set that he's claiming he's rebuilt. I doubt a bike that's been used for only 6 seasons would need all the carburetors replaced with a used set that's now 40 years old. Look at the condition of the brake rotors. A bike with 4760 km will have rotors with nearly perfect faces. One with 104,760 km will have very noticeable wear on them. The foot peg rubbers on a high mileage bike will have obvious wearing on the surface where the riders boots contact them. The seat tends to split along the heat pressed seams on the drivers portion of those GL1100 seats with high mileage. Look for rock chips on the front surfaces of the fairing, lowers, aluminum fork legs, fork tubes, and the aluminum windshield garnish molding. Lots of chips mean lots of miles.

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Thanks, Good Hondog, that’s precisely the kind of info I was looking for. About the carbs, though, it makes some sense to me that he could have had carb trouble with the bike sitting for decades. He might have thought it easier to get another set instead of working on the originals, maybe. It looks like I’m second in line, anyway. Maybe the first guy will buy it and make my decision easy.

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Just wondering if that first guy forced you into a decision :?:

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Haven’t heard anything, I’m assuming maybe he bought it. I would only buy it if I wanted to, though. I’m back at work, so going to look at it would be harder anyway.



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