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Got this bike after I overheated my first one then I proceeded to readjust the timing so everything banged together.... We live and learn.

Blew the head gasket after about 1000mi. Found out previous owner took her to a shop for service and they broke the spark plug off had to pull the head to get it out and didn't torque correctly.
1986 Honda gl1200


New tires rear Michelin commander II, front Bridgestone spitfire. 5/14/2013 mileage 86346.9

Noticeable cupping on the Michelin commander II at 3,507.8 Still grips the road maybe even better than before. The front looks good 5/8/2014
Changed final drive and put an oil seal on the drive shaft and clean oil with a little sea foam Used moly 60 for my grease on all metal to metal contacts 5/14/2013 mileage 86346.9

Replaced coolant overflow line and filled with coolant also a new radiator cap after market 5/15/2013 mileage 86346.9

2 sets of head gaskets

New water pump 5/2013

Changed oil and filter delo 400 blue jug and oem filter about $24 oil change 5/15/2013 mileage 86346.9

Replaced 9 friction plates 2014 changed oil
Retorqued new head gaskets 5/2013

some smoke on start up not sure oil or water time will tell (Smoke was oil over full) 5/13 Was oil over filled gas was leaking through added a solenoid now no smoke at all.

I would like to modify trunk so it can hold more weight with out cracking.

Rebuilt dash with a soldering iron and acetone 4/2013

vacuumed out a mouse nest from inside the fairing. 4/2013 added mouse poison.
Front forks seal is leaking.

Greased up all the brake pivots and slides front and rear. 5/14/2013

Needs dust boots about $70 worth---------

Changed all the brake fluid and cleaned all the master cylinders including the clutch. 5/2013

Used lemon pledge on her today for the first time I like it makes her look good. 5/15/2013

New fork bushings & seals all new dust boots 1/2014

Front and rear calipers rebuilt with all new rubber to the master cylinder Reused original brake lines Clutch and slave also 1/2014

Cleaned starter and frame ground 1/2014

Added computer fan to rec/reg 1/2014
Wheel and Tire
fixed dash installed radio looks and sounds good 4/2013



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