New to Our Stable- 1984 GL1200A


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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kathybrj
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New to Our Stable- 1984 GL1200A

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A coworker had an '84 GL1200A sitting in his garage. He hadn't ridden it in 3-4 years and the wife wanted it out. I told him I'd be happy to take it off his hands.

The husband and I are slowly pulling it apart and going over it looking to see what needs to be done first. There is very little historical data on this particular bike so it looks like timing belts will be changed since the bike has about 90K on it. New tires will also be a must. I purchased an original shop manual and we're slowly getting some of the plastics on the dash replaced.

We have the dreaded mushy front left brake situation and the husband is trying to run that down. We've picked up lots of info here already.

I think we've removed 100 lbs of farkels as well- some interesting light up GL1200 birds, lots of chrome, the trailer hitch (keeping) and a large rear light bar that went around the bottoms of the saddle bags, along with the big antennas. I also pulled off a chrome piece from the front fender and a ton of that stick on chrome trim.

The bike runs fairly well but we will be balancing the carbs, which were just "cleaned" at a shop. We are former owners of an '82 V45 Sabre so hopefully that experience will be useful.

When all is said and done we hope this will be our two up ride. I can't throw my leg over the husband's Kawasaki C14 and if I want a drink with dinner I won't be piloting my CTX. :D

We look forward to learning lots from this forum. :D :D



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SilverDave
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Re: New to Our Stable- 1984 GL1200A

Post by SilverDave »

The mushy front brake on a 30 year old machine is often the OLD brake line .... but check if you might need a rebuild on the Master cylinder , too.

All the electrical lines and connectors on the 70 volt charging system should be cut and hard soldered , after you do the three part stator test . ( 3 yellows at the stator and black, yellow, green and red at the rect /reg )
The timing belts should be done ... But NAPA TOO70 belts are pretty tough and when you pull them , you might be hard pressed to tell the difference between your new belts and the used .

oh .. and welcome to the forum !!
Four Cylinder Wing owners( FCW ) are a special breed, riding proudly on their 30 yo machines, with most of the engine NOT covered up by plastic , like the newer Wings . Especially the Aspy , which runs well, and looks great .

What colour is your " New" machine???

SilverDave

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You took off a 100 lbs of Farkel ? !! ? Good Grief !! What have you done ??
Your machine will only run faster and you will have far fewer electrical problems ..

LOL LOL LOL

Half the joy of owning a FCW is trying to keep at least 80% of the lighting Farkel working .
Its a never ending chore ! LOL

Ride safe !

SD

kathybrj
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Husband says the color is two-tone burgundy, although I thought it was black. :shock:

The shop that cleaned the carbs did a rebuild on both the brake master cylinder and wheel cylinder but never did get it to work. We'll keep running that issue down.

Husband is also doing some rewiring and soldering as I type. He says the wiring issues are typical Honda and has seen them before on the Sabre.

I'll get some pics posted one of these days. Just having all the dust and grease off the thing makes it look so much better.

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Re: New to Our Stable- 1984 GL1200A

Post by Rednaxs60 »

Welcome to the forum. Lots of good information here. Do you have the manuals? PM sent.

Again, Welcome.
"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

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kathybrj
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Yes I have an original 1984 Honda service manual for the bike. Thanks!

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Life yet......................................?
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Riding anything is a good day!
Mike

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Re: New to Our Stable- 1984 GL1200A

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julimike54 wrote:Life yet......................................?
It's been running since we go it. Hubs just did new timing belts and we synced the carbs. I believe a new head bearing is next, then tires. We're still struggling with a mushy front brake.

We're hoping to have it road worthy by summer but we're starting to build a deck next week so that will side track us a bit.



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