$200 GL1000 barn find


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$200 GL1000 barn find

Post by Ejedmo5 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:11 pm



Hey guys new to the forum and to Goldwings but I fell in love with this bike when I saw it at an auction and will soon have it up and running. It’s a 1979 GL1000 with ~10k original miles. I knocked the dust off it today but will not be able to touch it till I get back from my trip. Curious what people’s thoughts are on this deal.

Has the fairings on it and saddle bags not pictured all color matched were these an option from the factory I thought these were all ‘naked’ wings. Anyways would love to have it picked apart for what’s not factory because my goal is to return it to as original as possible. And yes I know the seat is not.

And for those curious I found it and a kz1000 at an auction got both for $200
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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:31 pm

Ejedmo5 wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:11 pm
Hey guys new to the forum and to Goldwings but I fell in love with this bike when I saw it at an auction and will soon have it up and running. It’s a 1979 GL1000 with ~10k original miles. I knocked the dust off it today but will not be able to touch it till I get back from my trip. Curious what people’s thoughts are on this deal.

Has the fairings on it and saddle bags not pictured all color matched were these an option from the factory I thought these were all ‘naked’ wings. Anyways would love to have it picked apart for what’s not factory because my goal is to return it to as original as possible. And yes I know the seat is not.

And for those curious I found it and a kz1000 at an auction got both for $200
There were NO factory bags on the 75-79 GL100s.

The dealer installed whatever brand they sold.

Some used the Hondaline setup while others did not.

Seat and crash bars are not factory.

Can't see much else in these pics.

Read this: http://www.randakksblog.com/starting-a- ... ng-lay-up/

Follow what he says and you are on the way.

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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:48 pm

Both bikes for $200 - you won the lottery...

Congratulations - get it running first -

first item - timing belts

see if the motor turns - if not locked up - replace the timing belts

Did I mention - replace the timing belts :D

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Post by Ejedmo5 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:07 pm

Thank you, I remember reading that these were kick start along with electric start but it was removable and stored else where. I’m off to England today and didn’t have much time to play with it but where is it kept and where does it attach. If this is obvious I’m sure I’ll figure it out when I’m home.

The fairing will probably be removed, although I’ve never had a fairinged bike so I may try it out. This is one I’m planning on keeping to ride.

And yeah timing belts lol

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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:24 pm

Ejedmo5 wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:07 pm
Thank you, I remember reading that these were kick start along with electric start but it was removable and stored else where. I’m off to England today and didn’t have much time to play with it but where is it kept and where does it attach. If this is obvious I’m sure I’ll figure it out when I’m home.

The fairing will probably be removed, although I’ve never had a fairinged bike so I may try it out. This is one I’m planning on keeping to ride.

And yeah timing belts lol
Kick starter disappeared with the 77 models.

If you remove the faring you will need a bunch of additional parts to make it road worthy.

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Post by Ejedmo5 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:33 pm

Luckily the guy included literally a crate of all the original parts for both bikes so I should have it all, but priority one is getting it running. But good to know on the kick starter would have gone mental looking for it.

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Post by Ejedmo5 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:09 pm

Update on the goldwing, removed the fairing and shoved it along with the saddlebags up in the attic to collect dust for the next 20 years. I found the original front turn signals and it still had the original headlight tub so the last thing left to source is an original seat so far. Just removed the tank and carbs to start their cleaning as both are disgusting. Oh yeah and I’ll change the timing belts.
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Post by Joneszy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:57 am

Very nice find and a real plus that you have the headlight housing, orig turn signals etc. Do you have the mounting ears for the headlight and turn signals as well? As you have the original parts I am assuming they are in great shape. The seat can be found, cruise Ebay and if you don't already you may want to subscribe to NGW.com as they have a for sale and wanted section as well. I am envious of your new project.

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Post by Ejedmo5 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:27 am

The turn signals are a bit rough but may clean up looked like they were wrapped in newspaper and got wet, head light tub is good and ears. Don’t have the head light rim though sadly but there’s repro’s out there I can use I suppose. I like that ngw site it’s a lot more focused for these wings. Once I hear the engine run I’ll buy a seat. Everything looks pretty clean on the engine so I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t after the carbs and tank are cleaned.
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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:35 am

Ejedmo5 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:27 am
The turn signals are a bit rough but may clean up looked like they were wrapped in newspaper and got wet, head light tub is good and ears. Don’t have the head light rim though sadly but there’s repro’s out there I can use I suppose. I like that ngw site it’s a lot more focused for these wings. Once I hear the engine run I’ll buy a seat. Everything looks pretty clean on the engine so I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t after the carbs and tank are cleaned.
Those turn signals are NOT from a 78.

79 at best or aftermarket.

An OEM seat will much much more than you paid for the bike.

Hopefully, it will have the grab rail but those usually go for a few hundred by itself.

Don't forget the helmet locks if you plan to restore it to 100% original.

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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by Ejedmo5 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:43 am

The bike is a 79, and it does have the original grab bar. Well aware on the factory seat prices as well. I have 2 original helmet locks but not keyed correctly. Not sure how difficult rekeying these are.

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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by Joneszy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:25 pm

Realize that oem is best but if you can't find front turn signals in good shape there is a manufacturer "Bikemaster" that makes an excellent replica. I put a set on my 83 which should match your 79 as well.
I bought mine in Canada at Fortnine. The link to that company and the turn signals is here:
https://fortnine.ca/en/bikemaster-turn-signal
as the picture is generic, set the link to your bike/year etc and then choose the front turn signal option.
The Bikemaster lights are good quality IMHO with metal housings and nicely finished. I am sure you will have a bikemaster supplier in the USA maybe even EBay. I assume your headlight ears still have the mounting tabs attached rather than sawed off like so many did back in the day to mount fairings?
On the seat you can also buy one that isn't pristine and recover it. There are suppliers on Ebay that sell covers but suggest you get a good quality one. There is a guy on Ebay from Sweetgrass Montana that sells what what I think is a good quality cover. Put one on my 83 and am happy with it. I also note on the NGW site seats for gl1000 that pop up from time to time that look to be in great shape.

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Post by Ejedmo5 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:36 pm

Joneszy, thanks for the info. Yeah I still have the tabs also they didn’t cut any wiring who ever did install this fairing did a good job of not modifying anything, just bolt on stuff really. I pulled the timing cover today, belts look new. I’ll probably polish the covers before I spend 4 hours trying to get the bolts on without removing the rad. Not surprised about new timing belts in it, it also had a new air filter in it as well.

Tank is pretty unrecoverable so I’ll probably order a used one that can be cleaned. Has anyone been able to rekey these locks? I am a pretty proficient picker but haven’t tried to pick the cylinders of the helmet locks, from my understanding the last wafer keeps the cylinder in place.
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Re: $200 GL1000 barn find

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:43 pm

Ejedmo5 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:36 pm
Joneszy, thanks for the info. Yeah I still have the tabs also they didn’t cut any wiring who ever did install this fairing did a good job of not modifying anything, just bolt on stuff really. I pulled the timing cover today, belts look new. I’ll probably polish the covers before I spend 4 hours trying to get the bolts on without removing the rad. Not surprised about new timing belts in it, it also had a new air filter in it as well.

Tank is pretty unrecoverable so I’ll probably order a used one that can be cleaned. Has anyone been able to rekey these locks? I am a pretty proficient picker but haven’t tried to pick the cylinders of the helmet locks, from my understanding the last wafer keeps the cylinder in place.
Dunno why I thought it said it was a 78.

You might wanna look into changing the water hoses and the brake hoses.

41 year old rubber is not that reliable.



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