Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
I do wonder why motorcycle engines are built this way. I was hoping the Goldwing engine wasn't. With cars I am not into the matching numbers thing, that is for rich people. I just want to keep them going. An old car engine can be easily and cheaply rebuilt, usually several times. The cam and crank can be reground, you can get undersized bearings, you can also rebore the cylinders several times and get oversize pistons and rings. It seems the older the engine is, the more times it can be rebuilt. The old blocks used thick walled castings that could be rebored several times. And parts are available. I have a stack of vintage car parts catalogs six feet tall.
If you want to take the easy way out, you can also get rebuilt long blocks for most vintage cars. I have yet to see a place that offers rebuilt Japanese motorcycle engines, including Goldwing engines. You are pretty much stuck with getting a used engine with no real idea what kind of condition it is in.
And yes, anything CAN be rebuilt, but when it costs more than the engine or bike is worth, it doesn't make much sense to me.
I know Harley engines, and possibly older BMW engines can be rebuilt same as old car engines. But the Japanese philosophy seems to have always been to replace something when it wears out, rather than rebuild it. The Goldwing engine, due to it's size, automotive design, and quality, can last a very long time, but not forever. Most Japanese engines form the '70s and early '80s have long since bit the dust.
I used to belong to the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, and by far their biggest problem, and main reason for existing, was to help members locate parts and information for their bikes. Many members had several old Japanese bikes in non running condition, due to a lack of parts. Very few Goldwing owners there, they have other sources of information and parts, from excellent sites like this one.
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