New Member looking for a project


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sullysgarage
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Motorcycle: 1998 BMW R 1100 GS

New Member looking for a project

Post by sullysgarage » Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:36 pm



I've recently become interested in taking on an older Goldwing as a project. I've come across a 1982 1100 Interstate with some problems but my overall question is what to look for when buying an older Goldwing. Known problems, best years, deal breakers, etc. I've spent a bunch of time working on early 70's CB750's and have always loved Hondas. If anyone can point me to some older posts or has some words of wisdom it would be much appreciated.

The '82 I am looking at needs new cards (told it needs new carbs, not just a rebuild so not sure if they're missing?) and needs throttle and choke cables. What else should I really be looking at other than the usual engine, oil, spark, brake pads etc?

THX!



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Wilcoy02
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Location: Marengo, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 I purchased 3/16

1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by Wilcoy02 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:31 pm

Here is a link to where I put all my maintenance and costs. I bought this 83 wing and had not been ridden in five years. I also added an exterior alternator.

https://classicgoldwings.com/forum/view ... 23&t=10972

sullysgarage
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Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by sullysgarage » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:48 pm

Wow! great detail. So the big question... Is or Was it worth it?

Adding your list up it looks like you spent around $1500 not including your labor...

Thanks for the feedback.

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Wilcoy02
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Joined: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:37 pm
Location: Marengo, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 I purchased 3/16

1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by Wilcoy02 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:41 pm

I like the 1100's. When mine died up in Alaska, I had to get another one. I did not think I would have to redo most of the bike when I got it. But I fixed what needed fixin. It is my main ride so yes it was worth it.

I bought another 1100 as the paint and chrome are in "show shape". Here is my records for that bike.

Both bikes now run as good as new.

https://classicgoldwings.com/forum/view ... 23&t=13115

sullysgarage
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Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by sullysgarage » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:13 am

I like your style. Practical.
I took the plunge and bought the bike site unseen. The guy I bought it from said it runs but gets terrible mileage and runs super rich. Has the a set of 1983 carbs on it and he has the original 1982 carbs which he says one has a broken float valve post. Reading online today the carbs on these bikes look pretty intimidating. Paid $425 for the bike so we’ll see.



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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by RBGERSON » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:27 am

THe BROKEN POST CAN BE REPAIRED..AND ..GO TO RANDAKK'S SITE http://www.randakksblog.com/site-map/ FOR ALL THE INFO YOU'LL EVER NEED. OOPS CAPS..anyway also this site, https://ngwclub.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1NS

THINGS TO CHECK WEEP HOLES ON WATER PUMP AND FUEL PuMP,FORKS SEALS..OIL ON UPPERS, compression above 140 even all aroudn is OK higher the better to 170..note after she runs for awhile compression should improve..rings loosening up.

Gas tank remove/ check for rust, brake lines replace with stainless, rebuild masters,

always turn petcock off where she is put up.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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filterx
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Location: Squamish BC Canada
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100 (New and WIP)
1982 Yamaha XS400 (sold)
1986 Honda Reflect (sold)
2003 Suzuki DRZ400E
2005 Honda CRF250R

Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by filterx » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:30 pm

Just put a down payment on an 81 Interstate for a project bike that the original owner has had since new. Been doing a bunch of research and some if it pointed me to this forum so joined :) Looking forward to the bike and hanging out here.
On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.

Baitweller
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Joined: Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:21 am
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Motorcycle: 1983 Goldwing - current project
1982 Goldwing - parts bike
1996 BMW 1100GS - "Red Rider"
2001 BMW K1200LT - "Black Mamba"
2004 BMW R1150RT - "Blue Streak"
1992 Harley 1250 Sportster - "Li'l Rat"
1998 Harley Low Rider - "Loudmouth"
2010 Harley Ultra Limited - "Big Blue"

Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by Baitweller » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:27 pm

Sully, Don't know where you're located but if it's close to Florida let me know. I did the same thing as you just 3 months ago. I bought an '82 Interstate as a "Project" bike to tinker with. I love the bike but felt it was just going to be too expensive to bring back so I bought an '83 Aspy (same motor) and just now got that one on the road. The guy that sold me the '82 gave me a ton of parts with the bike. I got the engine running and seems real strong. Was going to use it as a parts bike but now that it runs may sell the whole thing and get some money back. If you're interested, let me know.
MV

sullysgarage
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Re: New Member looking for a project

Post by sullysgarage » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:35 pm

Thanks for the offer! I'm in Utah so WAY off. I still have not picked up the bike. Snowing like crazy here. We'll see how far gone this bike is. I'm learning that these years are pretty expensive to repair because of short production run. Maybe I'll part it out. Again, Thanks!



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