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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hello to all,

Iím new here, but Iíve been riding and wrenching on bikes since 1967. I own a motorcycle repair & restoration shop but have joined because I just inherited a 1978 GL1000 from a friend who decided he no longer will be riding.

I still live to ride and will be restoring reliability to this older Wing and Iím anxious to get it ready and take it on a trip. Maybe around Lake Superior. Always like to meet fellow bikers and ride with you. For the near future, though, itíll have to be on my big Suzuki or my Triumph. Sorry about that, folks.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 04:48 PM
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Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
And good luck with your Wing.

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Hello to all,

Iím new here, but Iíve been riding and wrenching on bikes since 1967. I own a motorcycle repair & restoration shop but have joined because I just inherited a 1978 GL1000 from a friend who decided he no longer will be riding.

I still live to ride and will be restoring reliability to this older Wing and Iím anxious to get it ready and take it on a trip. Maybe around Lake Superior. Always like to meet fellow bikers and ride with you. For the near future, though, itíll have to be on my big Suzuki or my Triumph. Sorry about that, folks.
this is one forum that could care less what you ride, just join in with us and ask for help, and give help.

we get questions about the Suzuki and the Triumph from time to time, simply because no one here will call you stupid or worse, and we have members who are very familiar with those models.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hi to those who replied. Thanks. Yes, the Cavalcade is a rather rare bike, I do all my own work on all my bikes, but especially the Cade, as I doubt if 1 in 5000 Suzuki mechanics have any idea how to work on them.

Regarding my newly acquired GL1000, hereís some of what I know I have to do: clean fuel tank & clean, rebuild carbs, rebuild all brake calipers and master cylinders. Iíll replace the 41 year old brakes lines with stainless steel. New brake pads of course. New cables, tires, tubes. I think it has tube type tires. Replace timing belt, cover gaskets, check valve clearances. Replace hoses on radiator. Iíd like to install new coils, plugs, caps, cables, points, condenser, rectifier and stator just to ensure I donít have electrical failure on the road. The bike is 41 years old and has a bit over 50,000 miles on it. Flush & fill forks, allnew cables. This list should at least get me started. I wonít have it ready till next season, but by then I plan to ride it on a camping trip, maybe around Lake Superior or to the Black Hills.

Anyone care to chime in about any of the work I plan or riding , invite your comments.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 02:08 PM
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Some of the OEM parts aren't available any more but I urge you to use OEM for brakes & carbs. And if the bike is charging leave it be. You cannot get a good stator any more.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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What is the average life span of a GL1000 stator? My bike is 41 years old and 50,000 miles. Since I’ll have it apart, I’d like to put in a new, Ricks, stator. Unless the OEM stators routinely last 100,000 miles. Looking for advice. Thx.

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I know of no "life span" estimates on them. I had one last a couple hundred thousand miles, until I decided to clean the connections at the rectifier and put it back together without dielectric grease. Connector heated up and took out both the rectifier and stator.

Your current stator may last days, or years. But then, so may a new one.

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Stators usually doesn't go bad on their own, it's usually something external like connection failures, burnt wiring or shorted rectifiers that kills 'em.
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