I have a 1980 GL1100 which has a number of age-related ailments. I am looking for advice on some of them.
1) Worn out front shocks. I've already replaced the back shocks with Progressives. (Actually, I had this done by a shop.) I am thinking of doing the same for the front. I am assuming front shocks are NOT a DIY project unless you have the right special tools and training (of which I have neither!). True?
2) Signifcant cracks in the fairing. If it weren't for the fact that nothing has fallen out, I would use the word "shattered" to descibe the cracked area. I am looking for advice on materials to use to repair the cracks as well as techniques (goes back to "lack of knowledge" - I've been a rider for the last 30 years, payingshops for repairs and maintenance, but the budget won't allow that anymore so I have to learn. A mixed blessing, as I am sure you all know!) The bike colour is burgundy, original colour. so I will need to know where to get whatever will cover the crack repairs with the right colour.
3) Intermittent ignition electrical problems. Disassembly showed me that the CDI devices had melted out their black whatever-that-stuff-is. I've installed replacement parts, but have no idea if the CDI's were the source
of the problem or merely the victim of some other root problem. Thoughts and opinions are welcome, as well as fedback from anyone who has experienced this same problem. I'm calling this one "fingers-crossed fixed".
4) When getting at the CDI's, I had to dismount the fairing. I discovered a very strange wiring artifact: A red power wire ran from inside the fairing all the way back to the battery terminal. It was fused, but I cannot believe it was designd that way. Any thoughts? Especially any thoughts about where it really should have been wired to (some power point inside the fairing, I would expect)?
5) While removing the fairing, the antenna wire prevented me from taking the fairing away from the bike. I see where inside the fairing it plugs into the harness, but I cannot see how I would ever get it back together if I were to unplug it and draw the wire out of the fairing. There just doesn't sem to be much room between the inside fairing wall panel and the stereo electronics. How could I thread the antenna out and back in again?
6) Curiously, I noticed the stereo has a DIN connector for something, but also there is a second DIN connector with nothing plugged into it. Any ideas about that second DIN connector?!?
7) Heavy engine vibration. I bought a Bar Snake but have not yet installed it. It should dampen the vibration through the handle bar, but it doesn't address the root cause. Any guesses as to what the root cause might be and what I can do to diagnose and correct them? The bike has nearly 100,000 kilometres on it (60,000 miles for those of you south of the border).
8) Stator? Given the mileage, I've been led to expect the stator to wear out soon. This doesn't sound like a DIY project, at least not for one with my skills (better at breaking than at fixing
). Should I address the stator as a "preventive maintenance" issue or leave it until I have to address it? From scanning some of the other posts, it sounds like there might be other options available. Advice and opinions are solicited.
There's probably more, but that's all that comes to mind right now. Do I have my work cut out for me or what?!?
Thanks one and all,