Just bought a junker


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Allmybikesarebroken
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Just bought a junker

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Hey guys, new to the forum and to goldwings. I just bought a 1980 GL1100 and let me say it is a real piece of work, but it runs and drive enough to have gotten home on its own. Just wondering what kind of issues I should be looking for aside from the ones I've already noticed. The exhaust is pretty much toast as this things been laid down a few times. There's no footpegs other than the passenger ones (I'm not sure what's up with that, I'll let you picture how a 6'3 dude looked riding down the road with his feet back on the passenger pegs). The speedometer is busted, and its only got part of a single blinker left. And if anyone's got good places to look for cheap parts let me know. I only paid $750 for this thing so don't rip into me to much for buying such a junker. Attached a photo, we'll see if I did that right.
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Re: Just bought a junker

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these bikes use timing belts and have interference engines, so replacing the timing belts is your first priority. you can't just do a visual inspection and deem them to be ok ... age kills them. gates t274 belts are OEM quality without the honda price tag.

congrats on your buy ... nobody here is going to dis-approve of you buying a "junker". they are great bikes once you address the neglect that they may have endured.

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Thanks winguyjo, definitely was thinking that the timing belt was a big priority.

And an update on what I've found time for on this. I took off the luggage rack as I'm not big on carrying a bunch other than a small tool roll and a backpack to get me around town. But I realized that the luggage rack was actually a main support for my fender and it isn't very stable without it. Anyone got any tricks to hold it on better short of welding another tab to the bike to hold it?

I also removed the mufflers as they we're VERY destroyed(see photos attached). One clamp came loose but the other was rusted to the rest of the pipe and won't come loose but the muffler was cracked just before that point and actually broke loose. While I do believe "loud pipes save lives" after witnessing many accidents involving cars plowing into bikes here in northern Nevada, I don't think I need her THIS loud, and obviously do not want to impact the bikes performance by just leaving it straight piped right below my feet. Does anyone have any cheap temporary muffler ideas? My buddy was saying I could just take a piece of exhaust pipe from auto zone and cut a slit in it to clamp it over my pipe, and weld in some cheap baffles. I trust most of what he says but he's never messed with a goldwing and has a very patch-it-up DIY mentality.




I also got some cheap replacement blinkers for the front and got them attached but the wiring inside the headlight is the worst mess I've ever seen out of the 4 bikes I've owned. I'm not exactly a wizard with electrical and don't want to mess with it for now.

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I've read of others buying Harley mufflers for cheap and them working, might try a search for that?
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I buy 1100 to fix up. Here is a link to a bike I recently fixed.

Scroll down to see all the pages.
Best way to find parts is have the oem number and google it. You'll find several with different prices.

Good luck on your investment.

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

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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 from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Just bought a junker

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Howdy and welcome to the forum.
What you bought is what you.. Called it.

From the picture, the tank(false tank) stripe, you bought a GL1100 Interstate that someone has removed the fairing, saddlebags and trunk and mounted headlight ears and bucket to make it naked. They also removed the front engine guards.

As to the mufflers, in the How To Articles, top of the forum page, the article on putting Hardley take off mufflers on the cheap, will point you in how to do it, needing a muffler shop(cars) to bend intermediate pipes to adapt to what ever mufflers you decide to get. The post is about using touring mufflers that mount to the saddlebag bars that you do not have so hd mufflers won't really be a good option.
If you do a web search of "motorcycle mufflers", Emgo makes a few, (I'll post picture I just downloaded), again you'll need intermediate pipes made up.
There is another forum called NGW, (Naked Goldwing), that will have more help on various configurations of pipes and mufflers of people making naked wings(stripped of bags and fairings)

There are not a lot of options to replacement mufflers for direct fit now because of age and aftermarket companies going out of business over the years.
Mac brand might still have something to direct fit, though their chrome is cheap and needs constant care so it doesn't rust fast. Do a web search of "replacement exhaust GL1100".

As to the missing rider pegs, you said the bike has been down. The person who stripped the bags and fairing off may have taken off damaged aftermarket floorboards which were commonly put on back in the 70s and 80s on goldwings for touring. Sometimes floorboards come up for sale still, used. If you go that route, make sure they are for the GL1100 and have all the necessary hardware and instructions. FYI, floorboards will scrape in corners sooner than stock pegs.

What is on the left side of your bike for a shifter lever??
You might find a parts bike that has the shock foot pegs on it still to put on yours. 1980-1983 will be direct fit. They have specific mounts for the GL1100, left and right.

https://deadbeatcustoms.com/emgo-turnou ... er-chrome/

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/100-22 ... &gclsrc=ds

https://ngwclub.com/forum/page/Welcome

As to the fender falling off, you will need the grab rail that came on the standard GL1100( in the picture, 1983 GL1100 Standard) to support the fender in place of the rack or as you say weld up something.....
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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Just bought a junker

Post by newday777 »

As to your busted speedometer, very common on the 1980-1982 85mph speedos as people would take them and burry the needle and boom goes the speedo.
You can sometimes find a 150mph 1983 speedo, off a Standard or Interstate. (Do not try to put the digital speedo off the 1983 Aspencade GL1100. Too much difference in wiring)

This place has some parts but expect expensive.

https://www.straightwings.com/store/GL1 ... age-parts/

Fleebay is another option to find parts(buyer beware! Learn what fits!) or advertise on Craigslist looking for parts and someone may reply with a parts bike.

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Allmybikesarebroken wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 12:46 pm
Thanks winguyjo, definitely was thinking that the timing belt was a big priority.

And an update on what I've found time for on this. I took off the luggage rack as I'm not big on carrying a bunch other than a small tool roll and a backpack to get me around town. But I realized that the luggage rack was actually a main support for my fender and it isn't very stable without it. Anyone got any tricks to hold it on better short of welding another tab to the bike to hold it?

I also removed the mufflers as they we're VERY destroyed(see photos attached). One clamp came loose but the other was rusted to the rest of the pipe and won't come loose but the muffler was cracked just before that point and actually broke loose. While I do believe "loud pipes save lives" after witnessing many accidents involving cars plowing into bikes here in northern Nevada, I don't think I need her THIS loud, and obviously do not want to impact the bikes performance by just leaving it straight piped right below my feet. Does anyone have any cheap temporary muffler ideas? My buddy was saying I could just take a piece of exhaust pipe from auto zone and cut a slit in it to clamp it over my pipe, and weld in some cheap baffles. I trust most of what he says but he's never messed with a goldwing and has a very patch-it-up DIY mentality.
Exhaust 1.jpg
Exhaust 2.jpg

I also got some cheap replacement blinkers for the front and got them attached but the wiring inside the headlight is the worst mess I've ever seen out of the 4 bikes I've owned. I'm not exactly a wizard with electrical and don't want to mess with it for now.

i have an extra 81 with most parts aside from plastics. anything you need, let me know. i sell stuff pretty cheap, in some cases cost of shipping.



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