Almost back on the road


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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speedy04
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Almost back on the road

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So It's been just short on 11 months since the wing has been on the road. Last August I ended dumping her after blowing the rear tire on the interstate on the way home from vacation. I was about an hour from home when it happened. I was lucky and only walked away with a little bit road rash on my right arm. My tattoo on that arm now has permanent tiger stripes. I was back on two wheels with in 2 weeks after getting the Ok from my doctor. The wing on the other hand has taken a bit more time and work to be road ready.










I have since then spent a lot of time getting her back to the point of being able to ride her. These are WIP pics.










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Pulling the wiring and electrical out of the fairing was maddening to say the least. You need midget hands to work in it. The good thing is that all of the different stereo components are all ready color coded so I should be able to get it back together without too much trouble I hope... :? I seemed to take forever to sand all the parts in prep for painting, but in taking months to disassemble and sand allowed me to keep things organized so the reassemble has been pretty painless. More to follow
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It took 2 coats of primer to cover the gold and brown of the original paint. The new new colors are a metalic magenta and pewter. To be fair the magenta did appear to be darker and less pink on the chip I saw, but the pic makes it look really pink. I was worried that it wouldn't darken up, but once it was combined with the pewter it has darkened up. It is still hard to see in the pics.














The colors did darken up after spraying the clear coat.
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I didn't paint any of the emblems. I got lucky when I took most of them off, I only broke 1 pin on one of the Honda emblems. So I am at the point of having to put everything back into the fairing. If anyone has any hints or tips please share. I hope you enjoyed this look at the limited rebuild of my wing.
















and just for comparison what it did look like.


Thanks for looking.
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Nice job on the bodywork and the painting - I would never have the patience to do it justice.

Glad you were back riding so quickly.
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Good to hear all is well with you, can always repair the bike. You have done an amazing job. It's remarkable how a fresh coat of paint and colour scheme can make these older bikes so attractive. Cheers
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Wow! A true "labor of love"!!

Well done, sir, well done!!
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Truly unique color scheme - I like it :D

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Thanks for the nice words guys. All those years of building models finally paid off. :lol: The paint system I used was really user friendly. The patience part comes from working third. Only could really work on it every other week. She looks pretty, but now other problems are showing up. Started her up for the first time since the accident and now I'm getting white smoke pouring out the both exhaust pipes along with oil out the left one. She also dosn't want to idle for crap. I'm hoping it's not a blow head gasket, but not sure what else it could be. No other symptoms to suggest what else it could be. Maybe I should have titled this post I now have a pretty paper weight.
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I bought an inexpensive boroscope that fits through the plug holes. This would let you do some investigation before taking the engine apart. Here is a picture of my #2 cylinder, you see the bottom of the piston where coolant would be if the head gasket has failed, and oil if rings are leaking:


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speedy04 wrote: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:00 pm Maybe I should have titled this post I now have a pretty paper weight.
Hang in there bro, you don't put that kind of time and effort into a paperweight! The good folks here will add their efforts to yours and before you know it you and your bike will be back on the road showing off your paint skills!😀
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Well now I have a pool of oil under the bike. It is a bit disappointing since I was supposed to be taking her on a road trip in less than a week. Looks like I need to get a scope or borrow one from someone. I guess I finally get the course on major engine work I've been wanting. It's the one thing I've avoided doing on any vehicle I've owned. If it is a head gasket, about how long would I be looking at? I was hoping to ride her some this season. :lol:
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So the update....Now that I'm finally back from vacation and done with jury duty I was able to drain the oil in preparation to do the headgasket I got a rather unexpected surprise. The oil was the same viscosity as water and reeked of gasoline. So I ran to the store and picked up some cheep 10w40 as I will be changing it again very soon. The white smoke continued for about 15 min after I got done with the oil change and now we do idle well and the smoke is gone ( I hope for good). Now I'm experiencing difficulty shifting while it is running. It will shift nice and easy while it is off. Any ideas as to what I need to be looking at? I've adjusted the clutch cable to where I like it and the feed back is good through the lever, however the gear shift is the where it is difficult.
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Never mind, I'm stupid :lol: . I forgot to adjust the cable at the bottom. I forget about that stuff sometimes since I have the metal panels on her that hide so many things. She is ready for a road test in the morning. Wish me luck.
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speedy04 wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:34 am Never mind, I'm stupid :lol: . I forgot to adjust the cable at the bottom. I forget about that stuff sometimes since I have the metal panels on her that hide so many things. She is ready for a road test in the morning. Wish me luck.
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Well the first time out on the road went pretty well. She feels good even with me being a bit tentative. Shifting is smoother, but still having some difficulty finding neutral while she is running. Clutch needs more adjustment then I think I'll be ready to finish rewiring all the extra stuff. I'm a bit disappointed that it has taken almost a year to get her back on the road, but I think the results are speaking for them selves.


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