Finally own a 'wing'


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Dodson124
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Finally own a 'wing'

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I can't believe that today is the day i get to bring home my 1990 goldwing... Been a dream to own one for about 6 years now...$1000 and only missing 1 panel, the "driver side" cover on the front of the 'trunk'

Less than 31000 miles on the odo

Also featuring my 6yr old kid haha
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Solo So Long
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Well done!

Now, before you ever START THE ENGINE, you need to replace the timing belts.

The only exception to this rule is if you know that they have been replaced within the last 2 years, and the engine run regularly.

These are the one real weak point in the older Goldwings. The engine is an "interference" type, meaning that the pistons and valves occupy some of the same space inside the cylinder -- the timing belts keep them from doing that at the same time!

The pair of belts will cost about $50 on Amazon, the job will take about 3 hours the first time (most of which is spent removing and installing Tupperware). Don't worry, once you know how it's done, it will only take you 2 hours and 55 minutes after that. There are how-tos and videos to help.
Dodson124
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Solo So Long wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 4:17 pm Well done!

Now, before you ever START THE ENGINE, you need to replace the timing belts.

The only exception to this rule is if you know that they have been replaced within the last 2 years, and the engine run regularly.

These are the one real weak point in the older Goldwings. The engine is an "interference" type, meaning that the pistons and valves occupy some of the same space inside the cylinder -- the timing belts keep them from doing that at the same time!

The pair of belts will cost about $50 on Amazon, the job will take about 3 hours the first time (most of which is spent removing and installing Tupperware). Don't worry, once you know how it's done, it will only take you 2 hours and 55 minutes after that. There are how-tos and videos to help.
I Definatly plan to replace the timing belts before i do anything, bike hasnt run is a year, and its 32 years old, the PO had it since 2005 and never did them
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Really nice, love the white, it should clean up nice. congrats
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Also missing front rotor covers and a bit of the front fender. Looks like you have quite the project ahead of you. It will be nice to bring her back to the road. :)
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Rambozo wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:15 pm Also missing front rotor covers and a bit of the front fender. Looks like you have quite the project ahead of you. It will be nice to bring her back to the road. :)
All of that is in the left and right bag, keeping them separate so I don't need up the side the brackets go on haha
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in2it
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1965 Honda C102 50cc OHV Engine with 3spd Auto-Clutch
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1975 CB 550 4 with Dunstall headers and mufflers
1978 GL 1000

Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Dodson124 wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:17 pm
Rambozo wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:15 pm Also missing front rotor covers and a bit of the front fender. Looks like you have quite the project ahead of you. It will be nice to bring her back to the road. :)
All of that is in the left and right bag, keeping them separate so I don't need up the side the brackets go on haha
Once you do basic maintenance (flush all brake fluids ... clutch fluids ... tires ... belts ... check brake disc pads ... spark plugs ... all three filters) you will have a motorcycle that will last you a lifetime
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in2it wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 2:05 pm
Dodson124 wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:17 pm
Rambozo wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:15 pm Also missing front rotor covers and a bit of the front fender. Looks like you have quite the project ahead of you. It will be nice to bring her back to the road. :)
All of that is in the left and right bag, keeping them separate so I don't need up the side the brackets go on haha
Once you do basic maintenance (flush all brake fluids ... clutch fluids ... tires ... belts ... check brake disc pads ... spark plugs ... all three filters) you will have a motorcycle that will last you a lifetime
So i do plan to do a full tune, plugs, wires, dizzy cap and rotor (if applicable to a GL1500) Radiator fluid, oil and filter, engine air filter. Im going to check out the tires, they look okay but im not sure bike rolls great.

Installing a battery today to check the electronics out.

Im going to start pulling the plastics off to replace both timing belts and idler pulleys.

PO said the clutch popped and lost all resistance, which is true it has 0 resistance behind it. So im hoping the slave cylinder just took a dump and not the clutch it self.
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Check the date codes on the tires. I bet they are junk. It's very likely the clutch is just a hydraulic issue. When you take it apart, remember the brakes are probably in similar condition, and a lot more important. I hope you can get that rust staining off. While the Honda parts can stand the test of time, the same can't be said of the aftermarket goodies added to the bike.
You can search here for all the bits needed to bring it back. No cap and rotor, but a few extra filters. A bunch of rubber parts are probably bad, Things like the grommets that hold the plastics on. Cyclemax is a good source for a lot of 1500 parts and Partzilla as well. The 1500 has a few unobtanium parts but not as bad as the four cylinder bikes.
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Got a better look at the tires, side walls are cracking pretty bad... Going to replace them...

So far for down to the timing belts


and got my shifter support installed


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in2it
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1965 Honda C102 50cc OHV Engine with 3spd Auto-Clutch
1972 CB 350
1975 CB 550 4 with Dunstall headers and mufflers
1978 GL 1000

Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Dodson124 wrote: Tue Jul 12, 2022 4:39 pm Got a better look at the tires, side walls are cracking pretty bad... Going to replace them...

So far for down to the timing belts

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and got my shifter support installed

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Oh gosh ... your hooked ... I enjoy tinkering with mine... you get to know your machine ... if the better half says "do you need that for the motorcycle" ... always reply ... Yes :)
Dodson124
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I'm only doing the bare minimum, in my eyes, to get it road worthy... Pay of which includes making sure the engine doesn't go bang haha
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Sassy
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I understand your"finally got a wing" statement. I rode a1500 at a Honda come ride with us event and was instantly smitten but they were financially out of my reach.
Let it go and rode my old beat Suzuki GS for years then my "Finally got a wing" moment happened Oct/20.
I'm not a kid anymore and the miles were getting tougher on that GS, the wing brought back the love of riding.
Enjoy what looks to be a great buy and welcome to the forum!!
Enjoying the 2xDarkside
Fred
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Sassy wrote: Wed Jul 13, 2022 6:52 am I understand your"finally got a wing" statement. I rode a1500 at a Honda come ride with us event and was instantly smitten but they were financially out of my reach.
Let it go and rode my old beat Suzuki GS for years then my "Finally got a wing" moment happened Oct/20.
I'm not a kid anymore and the miles were getting tougher on that GS, the wing brought back the love of riding.
Enjoy what looks to be a great buy and welcome to the forum!!
One of my prior bikes was a Suzuki gs650 might have been an 850?? I havent had a bike in years, so this mammoth will be fun to learn on again hahaha
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Sassy
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You nailed it. Owned and rode the balls off it for 20 years, very tough bike!
Pic is spring 2021 before I cleaned it up and sold.


Enjoying the 2xDarkside
Fred
Dodson124
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Sassy wrote: Wed Jul 13, 2022 7:52 am IMG_20210404_154059.jpg
God that brings back memories... Mine had no body work, the previous owner made it into a cafe bobber style bike
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Re: Finally own a 'wing'

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Cleaned up pretty good for a 40 year bike with 77,000klms on it.
Enjoy your new toy!!




Enjoying the 2xDarkside
Fred
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