1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard


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Drew440
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1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:32 am



I just purchased my first GW today!!! I've had a long riding career and have owned many HP motorcycles, but I just turned 51 years of age and I purchased a new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 DL (previous bike was an '08 Suzuki BKing) that isn't with me currently, so I'm on assignment in the Pacific Northwest and figured I needed a bike, so being on a tight budget, I found this (Standard/no fairing or bags OEM) with 37K original miles. I will be leaning on you guys for guidance from time to time since I know ZERO about GW's. Wanted to introduce myself. Hi all! :D



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1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:30 am

Welcome to the forum!

You didn't say if it was in running/roadworthy condition or not, but regardless I'd be changing the timing belts unless you know it's already been done. Replacement belts are Gates T274 (Gates makes the OEM belts) and are available at local autoparts stores around $40 ea, or if you order on-line Amazon sells them around $17 ea.

This is an interference engine and if a 36 year old belt lets go the engine is pretty much junk.
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:03 am

It is in really nice shape. The chrome is in excellent condition as well as the paint. It runs really well, if not a touch rich. Starts immediately. The T belts were changed at 32K and valves adjusted per previous owners records. Everything works as it should. The tires are dated, but not cracked or dry rotted, although I'm going to be taking the wheels off the bike and have new tires put on asap.

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Welcome to the forum, sounds like

Post by jaimenv » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:26 pm

You found a nice one.
You got to post some pictures.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:59 am




Drew440
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:14 am

I know this may seem weird, but I've been dreaming of riding the coast since I was a small child growing up in Indiana, today I made that happen, it was spiritual, and it was a pleasure to do it on such an iconic motorcycle like this '83 GW Standard!!! I picked it up today in Albany, Oregon and immediately headed due west for the coast of Oregon. I rode through some really great coastal towns, had a fabulous meal of fresh seafood and topped it off with cheese cake and a slice of lemon pie and freshly brewd strong black coffee. I spent hours in the fridged sea air, spats of rain, clouds and sun. I could not have been happier. Yes, I have newer bikes, but this GW has a soul, a feel as if it speaks to you as you ride, nothing like the experience I feel on my new bikes. I will sort out the GW's short commings and enjoy it while I'm here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:20 am


Saddled up and headed for the coast
Saddled up and headed for the coast


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1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:30 am

I nice find! She looks to be in really good shape! 36 yr old bike and she's hardly broke in yet!

I've had my '80 for 14 years now, many cross-country trips, several traveling 2-up pulling the camper. Fabulous machines, even in eastern Colorado pulling the trailer on the interstate at 80 MPH in 95 degree heat she just hums right along without a protest!

I don't know what your plans are, but I bet after your assignment in the Northwest is over you ride her home, wherever that is.... :D
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by jaimenv » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:29 am

Drew440 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:59 am
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That is one beautiful sample you got there, love the stance, looks perfect.
Here's mine


She needs lots of TLC, currently waiting on me making some room, so i can take care of some corrosion issues.

PS. Make sure you check your alternator yellow wires wiring plug/connectors at the left side of the battery and the voltage regulator under the shelter for melted connectors due to heat from resistance from loose/corroded connections. This is the other thing other than the timing belts that will put a hurt to this bikes. Make sure you inspect the back side of the plug/connectors.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by winguyjo » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:31 am

looks like you scored a nice one !
i know that people like their nakeds, but i wouldn't feel comfortable without engine crash guards on mine.
these old wings have got to be head, shoulders, and torso above any other bike in terms of bang for the buck ... but don't tell anybody !

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by jaimenv » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:33 am

winguyjo wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:31 am
looks like you scored a nice one !
i know that people like their nakeds, but i wouldn't feel comfortable without engine crash guards on mine.
these old wings have got to be head, shoulders, and torso above any other bike in terms of bang for the buck ... but don't tell anybody !
+ 1
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Do what you can, with what you have, while you can ;) .

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:46 pm

Did some light cleaning, between the rain and got it covered. Need to find a GW guy here in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington, anyone know of a good guy here?
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Finally cleaned up and covered!!!
Finally cleaned up and covered!!!


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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

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1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by newday777 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:36 am

Howdy Drew440 and welcome to the forum.
You did find yourself a great bike there. And yes, the coast there is some of the best riding in the USA!
Be sure to turn the petcock to off when you get off to prevent any fuel leaks while it sets. They have a tendency to do that, sometimes, and hydrolock the motor(liquid in cylinders doesn't compress and can bend the rods). If it happens, pull the spark plugs, cover the holes with rags( to stop squirting gas shooting out far), kill switch off, and crank over the motor to expell the liquid.
I'll pm a number of a guy up there just north of Vancouver WA.
I have plans to ride up through from San Diego in June, as it's been 6 years since having some NW riding, on my way to NH for the summer and fall, but having concerns over the gas prices now, I may have to shorten my trip to a bit more direct.
Enjoy your wing. I have an 83 Aspencade and have always wanted the naked GL.
I ride my 08 wing as my tourer now. The 83 is in need of some new fork tubes so it's sitting on the jack for now.
I also have a 75 CB750 K5 and a 76 K6(in restoration mode).
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Just after the restoration in 2009
Just after the restoration in 2009


My 75 at a show last summer
My 75 at a show last summer


My 76 when I found it at my friend from high school. It sat in his shed since 1994. Frozen motor being rebuilt now.
My 76 when I found it at my friend from high school. It sat in his shed since 1994. Frozen motor being rebuilt now.


My 08 at Mt St Helens Aug 2013
My 08 at Mt St Helens Aug 2013


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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:37 am

Very nice. Everyone on this forum has good information and I'm sucking it up like a sponge, thanks guys!

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:48 am

Just a few pics from my recent adventure.
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Road Trip
Road Trip








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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:03 am

The weather finally turned decent and I was able to enjoy the ride.

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:07 am

Trying to post pics, not having the best of luck, hopefully some of them will make it.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:14 am

The trip started off in the very early a.m., about 38 degrees, 40 mph sustained winds with a driving rain, that went on for 5 1/2 hours until daybreak. By that time I was soaked, tired (ZERO SLEEP PRIOR), and in need of some shelter.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:22 am

As you can see, I traveled the road less taken by sain individuals!!! A 36 year old, 600 lbs. (Dry) street bike with ancient bald tires doesn't make a very good dirt bike, but I was able to navigate through the ruts, loose gravel, mud, slippery rocks, and narrow paths. However, there was one casualty, a left side factory Honda mirror did not make it, currently searching for an exact replacement.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:31 am

Sorry about doubling some of the pictures, but you get the idea of the terrain. The bike got fresh oil, filter and some new NGK plugs and off I went into the unknown with no itinerary, no plan, no idea what may come my way. Just a desire to see new things on two wheels.
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:46 am

I'll wrap it up with a couple more pics. After riding over 800 miles in a short amount of time, I must say I am impressed with the Gold Wing. I would say one would be hard pressed to find a better motorcycle for the money period, and I've had a lot of bikes, mainly high performance, whether it be all out drag racing bikes or street sweepers, big bore 2 strokes, etc., this 36 year old motorcycle put a smile on my face and was happy to do it, all but the hairpin turns and hustling her through countless long sweepers at double the speed anyone with a shred of common sense would have!!!lol
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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:52 am

OK. I'm sure you are all aware how good these bikes are, but most people don't, like myself I was always like, "I'll wait until I'm older to try a GW", well I am older and hopefully wiser now I have experienced a vintage wing.
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1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:22 am

Drew440 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:52 am
OK. I'm sure you are all aware how good these bikes are, but most people don't, like myself I was always like, "I'll wait until I'm older to try a GW", well I am older and hopefully wiser now I have experienced a vintage wing.
I bought my first 'Wing for $100 at age 44 - Not sure I was "older" enough, :lol: but the Suzuki I had been riding for the past 20 years was getting tired. A buddy of mine mentioned the 'Wing (a '77 GL1000) for cheap. I didn't have a lot of $ back then so $100 sounded attractive. She actually started and ran so I drove her home. But she was a mess, whad'ya expect for a C-note? But that's a whole 'nuther story, wrote about it on another thread.

'77 GL1000 for sale picture
'77 GL1000 for sale picture

So I'm on my third 'Wing now (two 'Wings in the stable) and after 17 years of riding 'Wings I've never looked back...or elsewhere.

You have a Fine Machine there, Drew. I bet when your assignment in the NW is over she comes home with you.... :D
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

~Mark

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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by newday777 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:18 am

Great pics of some awesome riding Drew. Where along the coast exactly was it? You got me Jonesin for some Oregon riding for sure!

I bought my 83A(pic above) in early August 2009. It was in a state of deep sleep(13.5-14 yrs), from a guy who replied to my ad as I was looking for parts for my 82A that I bought a week before from another guy for $300 with 80,... + miles, a locked motor and had body scrapes from a slide.
This ad reply was a find, as the 83A only had 36,... miles on it, but neglected. I met him about 40 miles up in the hills east of Oceanside, CA(I had moved to Oceanside from Vegas, needed to be near the ocean too, having grown up at the beach in NH, and to be near my son and his new family while he was in the Marines), at this guy's Coupe-de-Wings, half a 200' foot repurposed chicken coupe to storage units, full of wings and parts he had amassed in different stages of parting out from crashed bikes, to neglected bikes that other wingers had sold reasonable or given to him over 10 yrs. We waded back through to where this one sat on a set of jackstands with the forks off as he had sold the lower tree off it but he had another tree. It was covered with dust from being in that coupe for a year and a half looking weary, the gas stunk in the tank and the carbs were stuck solid but all the parts were there from it and had potential for it plus a bunch more if needed. We stuck a battery in it, pulled the plugs, shot some oil in the cylinders and it cranked over with the starter so we made a deal on it, put the front end together to roll it out through the maze, loaded it on his trailer and I followed him back to my place.
I had a 3 month restoration of it before getting it back on the road working on it evenings and weekends. I was 52, hadn't had a bike in 25 years since selling my original 76 CB750 needing money for my growing family, so this was an awakening of me and the wing. We got to know each other intimately, went through some learning of each's needs. I learned a lot with the service manual and joining here and another forum, having been wrenching on my bicycles as a kid, lawnmowers, mini bikes then my bikes and other vehicles I've bought over the years. Yup, I'm a gearhead.
I worked over the winter season on it(rainy SoCal), having some good days to ride. Even rode a few times over to see my other sons in Vegas.
In late June 2010, I went on a epic ride of 6 days, 2,100 miles on it taking mostly back roads, up through the mountains NE of L.A. through the Kern River Valley, up into the Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite parks, then headed north on the 89 over more passes, up past Lake Tahoe, still north to pick up the 70 headed west through the Feather River Valley, awesome ride along the river. I spent a day visiting friends from NH that live in Chico, then headed to the Bay Area to visit my uncle and cousins there and then the last day riding down the coast, from sun up to well past midnight back to my place in Oceanside. The bike was flawless on the trip. I put @ 26,000 miles on it in a year and a half.

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Re: 1983 Honda Goldwing 1100 Standard

Post by Drew440 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:34 pm

The route was I-5 S to the 199 S into Cresent City, CA. Then headed north on the 101 towards Austoria, OR. I am planning a trip to San Francisco (with the new tires of course) soon as they are going to start charging to ride down Lombard Street and I wanted to ride across the Golden Gate bridge, visit China Town, see the Warf, eat some real sourdough bread, etc.



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