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I can't believe I bought this bike, but I did. :rolleyes:
I've been checking into GW's for about a year. I like the really early ones, and the late ones. like from 2008 and forward. Since I'm not flush with $30,000 to buy a new one, :smilebig:, I found an old one for a little less. $500. :p
It's a 78 GL1000. I'm intrigued by the boxer engine, heard lots of good things about it. This one has 38,000 miles. It looks clean, no leaks, no pitting, very miniscule rust, just on the surface. So I think it's been taken care of pretty good. I heard it run the day I picked it up, but since it has old gas in it, I haven't run it at all since. It needs a new clutch cable, and a front brake master cylinder rebuild. Probably a couple other little things like that.
I'm going to go through all the fluids, filters, new tires, brakes, bearings, restore all the plastics and paint, paint the frame, etc,etc,,, Going to look into upgrading the suspension too.
Trying to keep a tight budget tho. I just want to get it in top running condition, looking clean, and I want to use it! It's time to have a bike I can use for all the riding I do and not be stacking up the miles on my RC51.
I'd like to leave the bike without all the gawdy Vetter front fairing and trunk/sidecases that came with it, but I might use it for a long trip. Have to see about that.
Yeap, a sign of aging - adding a GW to the garage. :D

Any comments and suggestions are welcome. I know next to nothing about this bike.







 

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Wow that wing is clean! Make sure it charges properly, as we know Honda charging systems leave something to be desired. If the stator goes the engine has to come out to change it. No easy task. Check the final drive splines for the rear wheel. If they are worn then most likely the entire final drive assy. will have to be swapped out. Check both the wheel and gear. We did a few on the older (well newer than yours lol) 1200's. Replacing stators on those sucked even more. Tires, suspension and brakes sounds like a great place to start. Enjoy the old girl.
 

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I did one for a customer back in 1990 we took a wing like that and stripped off all of the body work...lightened it as much as possible, it was a hoot to ride.

Funny enough a few years later thy came out with the Valkyrie I think thats how you spell it...

Check the charging system JD and they always smoke on startup if they have been on the side stand awhile easy to see why. Use the centre stand if you can and if the stator is pooched have fun the motor has to drop stator is on the end of the crank facing the rear wheel.
 

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You're going to love it. I worked a Powells Alameda Honda Kawasaki in late 70's and outside of the KZ's that is my favorite. I have a line on another 78' and if I pick it up we'll cruise. Not sure where in NorCal you are but on one of those it might as well be next door.

I'm actually picking one up so I can put my wife on the back and jump to Yosemite, Redding, Santa Monica or Vegas in a few hours comfortably.
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:) I know just what to do with the old gal

I uploaded this video to youtube just for you,

Shes a 74? Goldwing 1200 tho Lil chop and cut and presto!!
 

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It's nothing to be ashamed of Jon, we all knew it was time. I'll forward you the e-mails I keep getting in my spam foleder for discount Viagra form Canada. :p
 

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I can't believe I bought this bike, but I did. :rolleyes:
I've been checking into GW's for about a year. I like the really early ones, and the late ones. like from 2008 and forward. Since I'm not flush with $30,000 to buy a new one, :smilebig:, I found an old one for a little less. $500. :p
It's a 78 GL1000. I'm intrigued by the boxer engine, heard lots of good things about it. This one has 38,000 miles. It looks clean, no leaks, no pitting, very miniscule rust, just on the surface. So I think it's been taken care of pretty good. I heard it run the day I picked it up, but since it has old gas in it, I haven't run it at all since. It needs a new clutch cable, and a front brake master cylinder rebuild. Probably a couple other little things like that.
I'm going to go through all the fluids, filters, new tires, brakes, bearings, restore all the plastics and paint, paint the frame, etc,etc,,, Going to look into upgrading the suspension too.
Trying to keep a tight budget tho. I just want to get it in top running condition, looking clean, and I want to use it! It's time to have a bike I can use for all the riding I do and not be stacking up the miles on my RC51.
I'd like to leave the bike without all the gawdy Vetter front fairing and trunk/sidecases that came with it, but I might use it for a long trip. Have to see about that.
Yeap, a sign of aging - adding a GW to the garage. :D

Any comments and suggestions are welcome. I know next to nothing about this bike.
Jealous as John. Have been so thinking along these lines so I can get Mrs Macca to throw a leg over and come with me. Just can't find one for $500 buckaroonibobs.

It's nothing to be ashamed of Jon, we all knew it was time. I'll forward you the e-mails I keep getting in my spam foleder for discount Viagra form Canada. :p
BWHAHAHAHA .Rep you if I could. BWHAHAHAHA.
 

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Thanks for the replies.
FJ I don't need the viagra, remember I told you that when you forwarded me your Rogaine supplier? :idunno: :D

This week I just want to get rid of the old gas, new plugs and fuel filter, then see if she runs steady. After that, a compression test, a thorough test of the charging system, new timing belt, and get on purchasing some new tires. If I can figure out where the clutch cable is jammed up, maybe I can take her for a test ride, otherwise I'll have to wait and buy a clutch cable.

After an overall assessment, then I'll drop the engine, strip down the frame and start the clean-up/restoration. I'll probably have the frame powdercoated. I plan on doing a fair amount of polishing on the engine parts, and some of the other bits.
 

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Hey I'm not losing my hair Jon, it's just hiding out on my back. Nice find though, look forward to the in progress pics.:thumb:
 

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It's nothing to be ashamed of Jon, we all knew it was time. I'll forward you the e-mails I keep getting in my spam foleder for discount Viagra form Canada. :p
Tis true nothing to be ashamed of, neither is the using of viagra Jon to give the missus something to enjoy, while your watching Dexter :rotfl:
 

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Nice Find! My first scoot was a '78 Yamaha 650 Special..(Special being the key word...:rolleyes: )
I hear whispers of a new cruiser (not touring) from Honda thats supposed to have the GL1800 motor in it...looks badass...
Concept bike for now, I think, but looks like it could be a reality...F6C ?

 

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Well, this is going to be a project. Discovered the gas tank is completely toast. Rust. If you knocked on it, flakes would start falling into the gas. Which now alarms me for the carbs. Worried they may need going through.
Also, one cylinder, the #4, has 25#'s less compression than the other three.
Cylinders #1, #2, #3 all test at 155psi. (On a totally cold engine - ambient temperature about 70F degrees). Cylinder #4 came in at 130.
I'm thinking leaky rings, or burnt valve, or slight possibility of a bent valve. Because of the timing belt. I haven't removed the timing cover yet to inspect the belt, but that's next on the list. Along with a valve clearance test.
What I did do is pour a little oil in the #4 cylinder then retest for compression. To discover a possible leaky ring. The compression test showed much higher, now it jumped up to about 185 psi. Confirming leaky piston rings, right?

Not sure how much more I want to put into this bike.
If my valve clearances check out to be somewhat consistent, then I'll assume the valves aren't bent, but still could have a burnt spot, contributing to my low compression. I suppose she'd run ok, but might be a bit sluggish and smokey.
Besides the compression issue and the rusted out gas tank, it needs a proper front brake master cylinder, new clutch cable, plugs, fluids, filters, tires, and a bunch of tlc.

Thinking about letting this go and sell as a parts bike?
What do you guys think?
How much farther would you go into this bike?
 

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Well, this is going to be a project. Discovered the gas tank is completely toast. Rust. If you knocked on it, flakes would start falling into the gas. Which now alarms me for the carbs. Worried they may need going through.
Also, one cylinder, the #4, has 25#'s less compression than the other three.
Cylinders #1, #2, #3 all test at 155psi. (On a totally cold engine - ambient temperature about 70F degrees). Cylinder #4 came in at 130.
I'm thinking leaky rings, or burnt valve, or slight possibility of a bent valve. Because of the timing belt. I haven't removed the timing cover yet to inspect the belt, but that's next on the list. Along with a valve clearance test.
What I did do is pour a little oil in the #4 cylinder then retest for compression. To discover a possible leaky ring. The compression test showed much higher, now it jumped up to about 185 psi. Confirming leaky piston rings, right?

Not sure how much more I want to put into this bike.
If my valve clearances check out to be somewhat consistent, then I'll assume the valves aren't bent, but still could have a burnt spot, contributing to my low compression. I suppose she'd run ok, but might be a bit sluggish and smokey.
Besides the compression issue and the rusted out gas tank, it needs a proper front brake master cylinder, new clutch cable, plugs, fluids, filters, tires, and a bunch of tlc.

Thinking about letting this go and sell as a parts bike?
What do you guys think?
How much farther would you go into this bike?
For the price you paid, I do exactly what you plan, but I wouldn't stress over the compression. I put a lot of miles on a bike in similar condition, engine wise, and it wa s still running ok when I sold it, just burned a little oil. Do what you plan, ride it and enjoy it. Treat the tank with Kreem. How many miles have you put on it, how long had it sat before you bought it? I'd put some miles on ti and recheck the compression.
 

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Ok, so I decided to tear into this. I started a build thread on NGW.

View topic - Saving a 79 ? NGW Club

Do you guys think I should bump this thread when I put new post on NGW? Or should I just do a copy and paste to this forum?
I just don't know how much interest there would be here for a 79 GoldWing...
 

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I'm interested. Checked out the pics from NGW, Nice! I would prefer a copy and paste to here, easier to check the progress. But that's just me. Looking forward to more!
 

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I'm very interested in your trials and tribulations for sheer entertainment.

I owned a 1975 in 1978 to 1980.It was a fast sewing machine that would do the speed limit in first gear (55).

Besides the scary bias ply tires,bob and weave suspension,the real handling issue was when chopping the throttle in a big sweeping curve at at 110 (top speed),the rear end would sway back and forth.This of course would disappear with reapplication of the throttle.An aftermarket billet swingarm was sold to correct this and perhaps Honda stiffened up the later years.

I tore it apart in the winter to marvel at it's mechanical simplicity!

It's easy to work on and I'd suggest replacing the timing belts.I don't recall an interference problem but at that age it would be on top of my priority list.

It was actually quite fun to ride!
 
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