First Goldwing - 1981 GL1100


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widowsson27
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First Goldwing - 1981 GL1100

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Hello all!
I have wanted an older GW for a long time now. Finally got one yesterday, traded my 79 CX500 for it. It will need a bit to get it running, definitely a carb rebuild as it turns but won't fire (just backfires). Compression and timing are good, so those are out of the list of possible causes.

At any rate, I want to bring this back to its former glory. I would also like to make it into an International model. (is this possible)?

I have ordered the OEM shop manual, just waiting on it to arrive. I have attached some pictures as it is now. Any feedback, things you may notice that are out of place, etc, please feel free to comment!!
















widowsson27
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Some more pics, with rear fender and "tank" enclosure moved.

Also, interior of gas tank (doesn't look too bad)










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Hoosier Jack
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Location: Terre Haute, IN
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate

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Welcome from beautiful Indiana. Bike looks like a great start. Those CXs were good bikes and you should have few problems with working on the new bike. Be sure to review the How-to articles that the admin has as they are some of the best on the Internet. Sorry your are paying for a manual cause they are free.

There are good lists to start your resto. Stuff like fluids and such, but there are a couple of things that are unique to early Gold Wings. The timing belts are old and tend to break causing catastrophic damage. So if you don't know how long ago they were changed then plan on doing that. Also, there are three yellow wires coming from the stator just forward of the battery. That connector, if still there, needs to be eliminated and the wires soldered together and wrapped. The connector tends to burn up and can cause stator damage.

Love your pics. Keep it up.
widowsson27
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Thanks Hoosier!
Had a little time today, started stripping it down, removed the carbs. Going to order rebuild kit next!
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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

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Yes you can make it into an Interstate. But save all the parts you remove, they are hard to find and worth some bucks, turn signals, headlight, grab rail, headlight ears.

You just need a fairing, and bags with mounting hardware and wiring intact.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB
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Johnyy Smoke
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+1 on the timing belt change, cheap insurance for the motor.
In my humble opinion, the naked wings are more desirable, They just look so lean and cool!
The gas tank looks awesome.
With the bike on the side stand, does it tend to sit straight up? Or does it lean properly? If its fairly straight your rear shocks will need some attention.
Keep us informed. Regards, Johnny
widowsson27
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Johnny-
Leans just like it should. I got quite a bit more done on it today.




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Hoosier Jack
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Just noticed. Looks like the front fender is boogered up.


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