Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Denver CO
Model: GL1500 Aspencade 1980 GL1100 STD Vetter
Here's a hint for the 1100, I suspect the 1000 is the same....
At TDC, one of the valves on the right head is just starting to open. The cam doesn't want to stay at TDC while you are putting the belts on and it is a bit of a fight. The valve spring wants to turn the cam about two belt cogs counter clockwise. Easy to get the belt one cog off-time that way (BTDT). Engine will run ok but doesn't run "Right".
Rather than fight the valve spring I just let the cam go where it wants, and turn the crankshaft a corresponding two belt-cogs CCW and put the belt on that way. Once the belt is on you can turn the crank back to TDC and make sure the cam pulley lines up as it should.
No fight from the left belt, cam is happy to stay at TDC.
Hope this helps....
1972 CL-350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS-550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)