First ride after rebuild


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TerraKacher
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First ride after rebuild

Post by TerraKacher » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:12 am



After all the work has been done, I finally rode my GL1100i for the first time.
I replaced the timing belts, fuel lines, fuel filter, igniters, air filter, oil, antifreeze, complete carb overhaul with all new gaskets. Cleaned the gas tank, and added SeaFoam just to make sure everything got covered. Been running it for about 15 minutes every couple of days. I finally got it licensed and tabbed.
I got it all warmed up and was ready for my first ride. I had to back it up from where I've been working on it. Hmmm no back up motor? My legs are short (27" inseam), my feet barely are on the ground. Pulling it back was hard, it didn't want to roll. I've ridden Gold wings before and I don't remember them like this. I got it back far enough to make my turn out of the back yard. Placed it in gear, let out the clutch, and put put my way across a parking lot. Entered the side street and it died! I pulled the clutch and hit the starter and it barely cranked over. "NOOOOO not now" But it roared to life, I eased it back into the back yard. I don't remember these bikes being so heavy and hard to handle. It was like driving a tank.
Had a friend come over who rides a big bike, and let him take it out for a spin. He roared away and was gone for about 15 minutes, came back and said, nice job on rebuilding it. Runs great. But he is a big man, 6' 4" 300 plus lbs. He made it look easy.
Note, it's been at least 15 years since I rode a bike. Have I got so weak since then? Not willing to quit, but the weather turned sour and raining, cold. I'm putting it away till warmer weather.



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OldguyGlen
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Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by OldguyGlen » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:27 am

Don't give up too soon. Your story is a lot like mine. The wing is a bigger bike than I ever rode in my younger days. I took it slow at first. Extremely alert and planned ahead for turns and stops. Practiced in parking lots a lot as slow speed maneuvers are more challenging than open road. Stayed off freeways. Now, after one season and about 1200 miles I feel right at home on it. It drives itself. I just give her a slight nudge to let her know what I want.
Granted I'm a little taller at 5' 10", but I'm older and of slight build at 165 #. You may need to make a couple mods. Mod the seat or get an aftermarket to lower it. Get a good pair of boots with a thick sole. The wing is a sweet ride and you worked hard to bring her alive again. Hang in there.

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Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by TerraKacher » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:18 pm

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I will look for a after market seat, thanks for the advice.
Older? I'm 65, 5'11" and weigh in at 352#, but have the short legs with the 27" inseam.

The good news is I have already lost 130 lbs! And it's still going down.

So now I've have in under a tarp waiting for warmer weather.

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Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:24 am

Lots of foam in a GW seat. Take it to a shop or DIY and remove a good 1 1/2", and while doing this inset a gel pad for comfort. Cheers
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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by newday777 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:10 am

Well you said it was hard to move....
Do you have the proper air pressure in the tires? Lower tire pressure makes it hard to move a bike.
Are the wheels spinning freely? Bad wheel bearings or any of the brakes not fully releasing will make it hard to move.

Where are you located?

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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by newday777 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:20 am

How to cut down your seat. You can use an electric knife if you have one.
Cutting the foam narrower for your legs to be closer to the center of the bike helps along with height cut.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ho ... HT&PC=U316

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Re: First ride after rebuild

Post by TerraKacher » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:09 am

newday777 wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:10 am
Well you said it was hard to move....
Do you have the proper air pressure in the tires? Lower tire pressure makes it hard to move a bike.
Are the wheels spinning freely? Bad wheel bearings or any of the brakes not fully releasing will make it hard to move.

Where are you located?
Just a wee bit west of Seattle WA. across the pond.



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