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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Can't believe I own a Gold Wing!!!

I've been riding since the early 80s, mostly Honda twins and fours, first ride was a 1970 cb350, then moved to a 79 cb750f. Started adding to It and now find myself with many Hondas, a Harley and a brand new to me 1980 GoldWing Interstate GL1100! Never thought I would own one as they seemed too big, too bulky, too much of , sorry to say, an old mans ride. Well as I find myself fitting the old man description, and after a short ride on my neighbors 87 Interstate, you can say I was convinced I had to own one.
Long story short, I had a vintage Suzuki enduro in the shop for restoration, a customer asked if I'd be interested in a trade for his 1980 Interstate. At the time it didn't make sense but he kept in touch reminding me that it was still for sale sitting in his garage taking up space (he had since bought a newer Bike).
After my neighbor brought his 87 Interstate into the shop earlier this month for brake and carb overhaul, I took it for a shirt road test and really enjoyed the ride, handling and comfort of the bike. A complete surprise since my first impression of the bikes from 20 years ago was anything but positive.
Gave the guy a call, found out it was still for sale, he agreed to drive it 2.5 hours to me, with no guaranteed sale. Bike was nicer than photos, all original with exception of the radio. Has some miles on her, 71k, but has been well taken care of.
Some minor repairs have been started including brake overhaul front and rear, waiting on Stainless steel brake cable set, going with Venco. Plan to pull and overhaul the carbs, do a complete fluid drain/replace, replace the leaky front front seals, slap a new set of tires on her and get her on the road by Middle May!
About three years ago we relocated from CA to East Coast for job relocation (wife), which caused me to completly change my occupation and turn my passion for wrenching on my own rides into a fledging vintage Honda repair business focused on general maintenance with a speciality on carb cleaning and rebuilding. I have invested in a professional level ultrasonic cleaner (Branson) large enough to clean 4 complete carbs at once (disassembled).
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for welcome

Thanks for the welcome guys!
After retreading my first post, which was post two cups coffee real early it appears to have come across if I don't like my GW, on the contrary I love the bike and really enjoy the this site and all the supportive information. Available to us newbie GW owners.
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Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
And good luck with your Wing.


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