The Official GL500 Silverwing (CX too) Lovefest.

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by UncleDirt, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Never thought of that, though I did warm my hands on them a bunch of times on cold rides.
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  2. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    And from now on (thanks to hugemoth) - everytime you warm your hands - it will put a grin on your mug. :D


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  3. AdvRdrWannaBe

    AdvRdrWannaBe Lets' go that way

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    I picked up my new project ('82 GL500) from a friend who had lost interest after a complete dismantle (he had aspirations to "cafe" it). I wound up trading him a few RC planes for it!

    Hope to start the re-assembly process soon with new paint, goodies and improvements. :D

    Wish me luck!

    Greg
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  4. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    I wish you luck - keep us posted on progress!
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  5. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Been here awhile

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    Another CX500 has shown up for sale somewhat locally, 81 model with 36k miles on it, according to the owner needs some carb & brake work, but has good compression.. for $400.. Hmmmm.... I haven't seen it yet. Might just have to hook up a trailer and go get it.
    Tony
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  6. Captain Yesterday

    Captain Yesterday Been here awhile

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    My bastard cx500/gl650
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  7. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Sweet, I'm guessing you hid the battery under the cafe seat cowling?
    Simple clean lines, I like it!

    Also is that an 18" or 16" rear?
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  8. Captain Yesterday

    Captain Yesterday Been here awhile

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    Yeah battery is under the seat and it a 18 rear with a 130/90/18 tire which is a tad too wide.
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  9. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    10/4 that! I had to grind the excess metal on my swing arm for my 18 knobby to clear also.
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  10. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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  11. papanaq

    papanaq Been here awhile

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    Hey my name is James. I have been off of the two wheel trail for a little over a year now. I just picked up an 81 GL500 today with 27,XXX from a fellow for $800. It has a crappy solid black paint job but looks like it has never been dropped. No rust in the tank. It is sloppy between 4-6 grand but I pulled the air cover off and it looks like the filter has never been changed. The front end dives pretty hard so I will change the oil and seals while I am at it. I will also be changing all of the fluids at once. The old man has had the bike a while but he never rides it and doesn't know much about it. It rides fine and everything appears be functional.

    I am glad to have found this thread and hope that you could give me some pointers and things to look for. I am excited to get a chance to work on the bike for a couple of months before I put it on the road so I may hit some of you up with specific questions.

    I hope to add picks by the end of the weekend.
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  12. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    The best resource for these great old bikes is http://cx500forum.com . There you will find the factory service manual and everything you need to know.

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  13. Boxingfan

    Boxingfan n00b

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    Sweet bike! I have a few questions if you don't mind. I am rebuilding a GL650 & have the option to put it in a CX500 frame but have heard its not the easiest thing to do. Could you message me when you get a chance?

    Thanks,

    -B
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  14. IRule

    IRule Rider

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    I have a pretty well trashed 82 Silverwing that I was going to pull the engine out of and try and sell. Before I go cutting stuff apart, I was wondering if there would be anything somebody may want from the bike. There really isnt much left on it thats any good but its tough to just throw stuff away that somebody maybe could use. Just ask and Ill take a look to see if what you want is useable or not. Or Ill take a pic and you can decide for yourself.
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  15. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    I have another cx project (going cafe this time) that needs a few items - I picked up a 82 GL motor and I am going to stuff it into a 78 cx frame so if you have the electrics from that silverwing I could sure use them. I need pretty much all of the electrics (except the lights) need regulator, solenoid and main and sub wiring harnesses with plugs.
    PM me and tell me what you want for all that.
    This comes just in time for a summer project.

    thanks for posting
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  16. chuck c

    chuck c n00b

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    I wanted one with the full kit of plastic, but this might be hard to pass up. Do you think CX500 plastic and luggage will fit it? There's a lot around since guys are stripping them too.
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  17. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    I think they're the same but check over on the CX forum to be sure.
    http://cx500forum.com

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  18. db-89

    db-89 hole digger

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    only seen this now. my first road bike was a german import gl500 and i then moved onto an ntv650 ,both i still have.

    my gl has now got krauser panniers,polished forks,rocker covers and clutch cover, matt black vinyl wrap and a custom shorty screen. in our garage at the minute we have another gl500,a black and red cx500 and a rare japanese gl700. the bike that ultimately led to creating the ntv650 rc33,pan european ,vfr series and the transalp(all engines derived from the cx) and we also have all of these models too :evil

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    my gl 500 yesterday
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  19. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    I have a warm and fuzzy feeling for these bikes having put so many miles on them over the years. Solid, reliable, mild mannered, mile after mile. My favorite street bikes of all time. I rode my GL500 Interstate to Alaska this summer and even after T boning a huge moose at 65 mph it got me home. I'll never sell this 32 year old bike until I'm too old to ride.

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  20. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    I've been looking into a V-strom lately. Seems like the zuks are the closest thing to a Silverwing today.