Just acquired a 1983 GL1100 Interstate


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randall_l_davis
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Joined: Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:09 pm
Location: Southside, AL
Motorcycle: 1983 Honda Goldwing GL1100I Interstate

Re: Just acquired a 1983 GL1100 Interstate

Post by randall_l_davis » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:53 pm



Lol. It's the original pipes, but since the bike sat for 17 or so years, the pipes were rusted. One rusted completely in half. I just chopped off the other pipe to match it so I could test it. I tried with no pipes but fire shooting directly out of the headers started a small fire the first time I started it up so I put the pipes back on, after cutting the left pipe so that I could reduce the risk of any future fires. That fire actually started mainly because the fuel filter was leaking. Still, it is definitely quieter than before, but mainly paranoid. Also, I was told that running a motorcycle without pipes somehow can affect the motor with compression issues or something. Half pipes on mine basically mean that the pipes end just past the center stand.



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Chewy
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Location: Readyville, TN United States
Motorcycle: 1980 1100i Interstate

Re: Just acquired a 1983 GL1100 Interstate

Post by Chewy » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:23 pm

Does it run good? Any issues?

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randall_l_davis
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Motorcycle: 1983 Honda Goldwing GL1100I Interstate

Re: Just acquired a 1983 GL1100 Interstate

Post by randall_l_davis » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:36 pm

Well, it runs. The carbs need to be synchronized and the idle needs to be adjusted, but I've been riding it around in the back yard without the plastics and light bars. It cranks right up, but I have to keep the choke up a little to keep it running. So far, everything works as it should. The tires are 17+ years old so they'll need to be replaced. Besides everything that I've done to it so far, I've been extremely satisfied with it. I'm going to try and post a YouTube video from the other day when I was riding it around in the back yard. Doesn't have a tag so I won't ride on the road on top of the fact that it is not street legal as it sits right now, plus, with the tires being so old, if I have a blow out, I would rather be in the back yard than out on the road somewhere.




First crank after rebuilding carbs.




First ride after 18 years

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1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
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1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: Just acquired a 1983 GL1100 Interstate

Post by DenverWinger » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:01 am

She sounds pretty good for first wake-up after an 18 year nap! The carbs are most definitely out of balance though, you can hear one cylinder hitting much harder than the rest of them.


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