Greetings from a newbie 1985 GL1200A


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RustyBikes
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1981 CX500C
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Greetings from a newbie 1985 GL1200A

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Got my first Wing after years of wanting.
I also have a CX500C for the past 10 years.

Paid $600 for a pig in a poke.


Needs TLC but the PO did get it running and change the oil before he delivered it as he had nothing better to do.

I got it pushed up into my garage with some help.
And tried to put it on the center stand...
And it tried to kill me!

When the stand failed...



Looking forward to lots of cleaning and fixing leaks and catching up on 35 years and 100k miles of questionable maintenance.

Im Rusty!
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julimike54
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Welcome, that doesn't look good, taking a nap for an introduction :lol:
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Riding anything is a good day!
Mike

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So the plot thickens.
There is a volt meter which is indicating a no charge condition...
And it overheats at idle and there is steam from the LH side of the engine. I did hear the fan turn on.
I have not found the source o the leak yet.
It seems to leak a bit of oil from the valve covers and cover bolt seals.
I just found the oil dip stick so i will look for milk shake.
Maybe that explains why the seller changed the oil before delivery.

Since the clutch master has a leaky window i have not even attempted to ride it which is why we had to push up the driveway. The carbs are not ready for the road yet as it boggs with the choke off.

Lots of trouble shooting to be done and many hours and $$ to be wasted er.. spent.

Rusty.

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Rednaxs60
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Post by Rednaxs60 »

Welcome and nice find. Don't be discouraged - centre stand failure - not common from my reading. If you are handy, like to do a lot of internet looking, you can probably get away with a $1500.00 USD fix (maybe less) and on the road. Lots more choices down there than up here in Canada.

Change out all the fluids - coolant/brake-clutch/final drive. Do the timing belts. Run the bike, then check it over. Less than $100.00 to determine a way ahead.

1200s are great bikes when said and done. Good luck.
"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

Ernest

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Ok no evidence of water in the oil and the smoke comming up from the engine looks to be oil burning off the exhaust and not coolant steam.
This oil is comming from the valve covers so i will re seal them with new gaskets and seals.

Just got the rear caliper back on but need to bleed it.
Also fixed the clutch master window and need to bleed that.

The rear brake disc is very worn and i want to replace it but want to find good used OEM.

The suspension air started working today, the rear seems to hold air, i can see bubbles around the front fork seal so those need to be rebuilt.

Got the radio to make static today but cant change the channel, the little box is there on the LH bar but only the mute button works.

The clear coat and paint is faded and showing its age so eventually will need to be painted.
Thats way down to road.

It is running better every day but i know i will have to remove the carbs and clean em.
Rusty

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Mentioning painting the bike is a project I have embarked on with my 1500. Depending on the outcome, my 1200 may be in need of a fresh coat of paint as well. You will be dealing with ABS, easy to repair and paint. Not as much plastic on the 1200, but enough. It will sure spruce up the old girl.

Seems you're getting a handle on this bike. Good Luck


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

Ernest

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