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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Long time friend, Frank, has acquired a 1984 Interstate. One that needs plenty of work.

Frank has been a motorcyclist most of his life but bowed out a few years ago when arthritis turned riding on the longer jaunts a bit painful. We've been friends and riding buddies for nearly 30 years, so when he stopped riding, it actually slowed me down quite a bit.

So, his son has had, and basically ignored, this '84 for several years and when he put it up for sale I suggested to Frank that he buy it and I would help him get it back on the road. If it turned out he can't get back on the road himself, the bike should be an easy sell as we plan a frame-up reconditioning. Paint and tires included.

Anyway, I think I'll enjoy the project and hopefully Bike will have a new friend when we're done. One that won't disappear from the mirrors every time the road gets a little twisted.

He's already decided to paint it blue.
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I'll bet it will look nice when you're finished. Please post pics.


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I'll bet it will look nice when you're finished. Please post pics.

Of course. And lots of them.

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Hopefully just for the pleasure of doing it because there is probably little or no profit in it.
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Hopefully just for the pleasure of doing it because there is probably little or no profit in it.

Not if you consider the time.

He got the bike pretty cheap and it's pretty much all there. I figure he'll be able to sell it for a grand more than puts into it, if it comes to that. Hopefully it will get him back to some limited riding.

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Day one: We got it in the garage and I took a couple of pictures. Lots of very poor workmanship has gone on, and parts from multiple years. To determine what year the bike is, I looked at the steering head. The placard has been removed. A little odd, so, I looked for the motor number and it has been ground off the engine.

Well we decided, pretty quickly, not to put a bunch of work into a stolen bike. It does have a title and current registration. Frank called the state police and couldn't get anything but recordings. So he called the city police, who had no answers except call the MVD. (Motor Vehicle Division) The MVD suggested he get Honda to issue the bike a new VIN.

So, Frank's son says he bought the bike from a guy in Mesa, who had other bikes at his place, but the son can't remember who, or where. He'll try to find a bill of sale. We ran the VIN on the title and it did come up '84 GL1200 and the tags have current stickers.

So, tomorrow, Frank will go to the MVD and attempt to get the bike's title and registration put in his name.

Then he'll decide how far he wants to go with the fix-up. It will be a ton of work. Lots of stuff held on with drywall screws, several missing and/or broken pieces, no rear brake and a battery for a much smaller bike.

On the good side we checked the compression and it was very good, and the stator is charging. It ran poorly but a quick clean on the carbs and some fresh gas should be all that's needed.
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Very nice project. Hope your friend gets the ownership straightened out. Lots to do but I would expect a lot of "war" stories will ensue during the work.

I met the previous owner of my '85 LTD and he got it from his father. Meeting up with him this week for a history lesson. Will also have some "war" stories for him.

Look forward to following your progress.

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Yep Looks like a few aspencade parts here and there but looks good. Im sure you can get it right with a little work, I like chrome anyway. I would just make a metal plate for the neck and use a stamp and hammer to put the VIN in. I have to do that with boats all the time due them coming off. However I bet its a different bike with a title from another frame. With a bike of that age I wouldnt worry a whole lot most stolen bikes are newer, but you never know. You got my number if I can help you with anything.
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There's usually a stamped number on the frame on the right side of the steering head.


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I would just make a metal plate for the neck and use a stamp and hammer to put the VIN in.
In fact, that is Frank's plan if he can get the title straight.


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There's usually a stamped number on the frame on the right side of the steering head.
You know, we talked about that but didn't really see one. Didn't really look too hard though, as I thought that was a frame number, not the VIN.

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