Goldwings

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kitesurfer, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    Nice. I bet it is still running strong.






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  2. mildhog

    mildhog Long timer

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    Thanks. 60K miles. Daily rider to work. Wouldn't hesitate to ride it cross country.
  3. Mountain Cruiser

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    I'm hoping to pick up a used GL1800 with low mileage sometime in the near future, maybe around the new year. I'd love to get a new one, but the price may keep me out of that market. I've seen some used ones in good condition at attractive prices.



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  4. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    It seems I'm getting off on the wrong foot with my '83 GL1100.

    Just picked it up from my dad this past weekend. I had noticed last time he and I rode together, that his rear tire seemed a little low on air. I checked and sure enough, less than 20 psi in there. My dad isn't the best for motorcycle maintenance. Plenty capable, but he doesn't fix it 'til it's broken.

    As I tried to air it back up, the valve stem broke off (dry rot) and the thing went completely flat. I had already ordered a new tire as the old one was used up, but hadn't planned to change it that day!

    New tire installed, I headed to work for the first day on the GL1100. Things seemed fine, but on the way home I coasted to a stop like I had run out of fuel. Gauge indicated there was still gas, and I hadn't switched to reserve yet. It didn't help at all when I did. Long story long... the fuel lines had splits in them and the fuel pump was sucking in so much air that it didn't work. I made a $2.45 repair installing 2' of new fuel line road-side and away I went. Of course, the Mrs. gave me a good ribbing for having to be rescued!

    In any event, I have new timing belts to install this weekend. I'll be checking valve clearances once that's finished and I should be good to go... I hope. The bike runs/rides well now. I'll be making a 700 mile trip in a couple weeks and would like to get some trouble-free miles logged before then.

    Definitely going to like this bike!
  5. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    I think I'd check all the rubber on her. Could be a pattern forming.
  6. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Maybe check the crank and camshaft seals under the belt cover as well. If you're going to have the belts of anyway......
  7. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    How do I check them? Am I just looking for leaks while I'm in there for the timing belts?
  8. mildhog

    mildhog Long timer

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    This is what you need. A ton of info to help you.
  9. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    easiest to say, is that if you don't see a leak from the belt cover, because it's not completely sealed itself, then your seals aren't leaking yet. I only mention it because it's a 30+y/o bike and you don't know the maintenance. Just a recommendation.

    Here is another GW forum. http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/
  10. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I've already found that site and bugged those guys for a few tips/pointers. I really think I'll be good to go after this weekend. I'm planning to swap the timing belts, check/adjust valve clearances, throw new pads on it, and change the oil. May also check the timing. I've read that may be needed after changing timing belts. I've had a pretty lousy year or two with vehicles. What can go wrong does. This was just the latest example. My dad had ridden that bike for the last 4-5 years without ever doing anything but change the oil, filters, and front tire. He never had a bad moment with it. I've been dead in the water twice in less than a week!

    Bike now has all new fuel lines, new rear tire, almost new front tire, the bike doesn't leak a drop of anything. Amazing what a difference the new rear tire made over the half inflated bald one! Made a similar tire change on a Suzuki GS1150 I had. Bought it with a spent rear tire and rode it while waiting for my new tire to arrive. Rode like a whole new bike when leaning it into corners. That tendency to stay straight up then suddenly fall in, was gone. Same improvement this time around.
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    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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  12. M-Cat

    M-Cat 2 wheeled slacker

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    That's a whole lotta cafe!

    More like a diner.
  13. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    That's not a CAFE' that's more like an "ALL U CAN EAT BUFFET":rofl
  14. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    dats sepsy
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    HornHonker Been here awhile

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    And an air brake built into the gas tank !!!!:clap
  16. Mountain Cruiser

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  17. Sumo64c

    Sumo64c Been here awhile

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    I had the opportunity to buy a new 12 when they were first released, ended up getting a great deal on a close out 10'. Still waiting to see what the next generation Wing is going to be, the added bonus being the gtl1600 will have been out a few years....decisions decisions :evil
  18. Mountain Cruiser

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    I'm hoping to do something similar. The prices on the 2012 are quite high. I'm curious about the "next generation Wing". How much more can they do to the bike? A 2000cc? Does it really need it? I think the Wing is fine as it is. I would like to see ABS standard on all models. Then you wouldn't have to go up two levels to get ABS.



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  19. GB

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    Improvements for next gen Goldwings:

    Electrically adjustable windshield
    Traction control
    Mileage computer
    Gear indicator.

    ABS is standard on Goldwings sold in Canada.
  20. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    I'd like to see those things. The biggest one would seem to be Traction Control.




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