'81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?


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'81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:29 pm



Hi cycle friends. I am new to this site. I do not have a Goldwing. I am considering the purchase of an '81 that I am going to look at tomorrow. The seller says it has an automatic trans. I have not been able to learn about the automatic trans when doing a search on this site or elsewhere. Is there anything I should be wary of regarding the trans? Is it like a car auto trans, e.g., fluid converter, planetary gearsets, etc.? I get the impression it is not like the late model dual clutch / button shifted autos. I read about other concerns - cam belts, alternator stators, carbs, etc. on a bike this old. The seller wants a few hundred bucks for what looks like a nice bike as far as one can tell from a picture. It hasn't ben run in a few years - part of an estate - and needs a battery and fresh gas at the very least. I am proficient mechanically so doing some maintenance and repairs does not necessarily frighten me. I currently own a Shadow and do all my own maintenance and repairs. Thanks for your insight and opinions.



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Re: '81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by Maz » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:01 am

THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:29 pm
Hi cycle friends. I am new to this site. I do not have a Goldwing. I am considering the purchase of an '81 that I am going to look at tomorrow. The seller says it has an automatic trans. I have not been able to learn about the automatic trans when doing a search on this site or elsewhere. Is there anything I should be wary of regarding the trans? Is it like a car auto trans, e.g., fluid converter, planetary gearsets, etc.? I get the impression it is not like the late model dual clutch / button shifted autos. I read about other concerns - cam belts, alternator stators, carbs, etc. on a bike this old. The seller wants a few hundred bucks for what looks like a nice bike as far as one can tell from a picture. It hasn't ben run in a few years - part of an estate - and needs a battery and fresh gas at the very least. I am proficient mechanically so doing some maintenance and repairs does not necessarily frighten me. I currently own a Shadow and do all my own maintenance and repairs. Thanks for your insight and opinions.
If it automatic, it's not an 81(or any other ) old Goldwing!
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Re: '81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:47 am

Welcome to the forum.

Yes, a 1981 Goldwing does not have an automatic transmission. Honda did offer automatic transmission in this time frame but only on the 400 twin or 750 Four models. Those Hondamatic models can be subject to the issues you have raised but I have seen many that still work very well.

It is likely that, as part of an estate, the seller knows little to nothing about this particular motorcycle or perhaps any motorcycle.

Seems you have done your research on possible mechanical issues. You will need to rely on your research and inspection to determine if this is a good purchase for you. Be extra diligent on parts that are currently removed to make sure you get everything as later on these will probably disappear into the trash when they clean out the rest of the house.

Good luck in your search.
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Re: '81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by tfdeputydawg » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:25 am

If it really is a Hondamatic, it's not a Factory made Gold Wing!

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Re: '81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:58 am

Thank you gentlemen for your replies. In looking at trans parts for that bike on ebay (gear clusters, etc.) it did not seem to me like it was an auto. No wonder I couldn't find anything about auto trans GWs! Anyhoo, I'm off to look this thing oer. I'll post my findings, yay or nay. Thanks...

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Post by THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:43 pm

I passed.

I took a survival class once and learned that sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. Such was the case with this deal.

I was able to put the bike in high gear and push it down the drive, dump the clutch, and felt the engine turn over. That was the only good thing. It hadn't been ridden in four years.

starter didn't turn the engine over when jumped.
no rear brake fluid
front brakes dragged
rattle can paint job
poor chrome
condition of carbs, charging system, fluids, clutch unknown

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Re: '81 GOLDWING - AUTO TRANS?

Post by dingdong » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:53 am

Still curious as to what it was. ???


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