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This 1981 GL-1100I is my dream bike. I have wanted a wing since 1984 when I was riding a Suzuki GS-1000. It just did not have the ride of a wing. My step-dad had an 81 Aspie that I was on every chance I got. This sweet lady was given to me by my best friend about a month ago. I am going to attempt to get her back on the road, restoring as much as I can. I really love this forum and I am in the process of gleaning any and all information I can on the how-to’s of restoration.

The good:
It seems to be a real solid machine. The paint is good and most of the rust appears to be surface rust mixed with dirt and mouse excretions. Front brakes work great and got the bike started. From the sound of it, the engine is in really good shape. It was kept in a shed under a bike cover.

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It was kept in a shed under a bike cover. For over 6 years it was parked and never touched by anyone. It quit charging the battery and my friend had no real incentive to fix it. No one to ride with him and he was afraid he would have to split the engine and replace the stator. Mice turned the wing into their high rise condo. Unfortunately they did not have indoor plumbing and just went where ever they happened to be standing. As to be expected the carbs were frozen, the gas in the tank had turned to varnish, and there is quite a bit of rust in the fuel tank.

Most of the work it needs will be elbow grease with some minor painting on the frame and kick stands. Some of the after market chrome will have to be removed and/or replaced. I am also going to try to do a poorboy like alternator modification. I contacted Donald and he said his poorboy kit will not work on the 81 1100I. I did print out his plans from another forum and my buddy will be helping figure out how to get it to work. I am also using the chemical conversion method to clean up the rust in the fuel tank. I have had it on the battery charger for about 48 hours. We will see how that goes. Thank you for having this awesome forum and for the many riders who share their experience and expertise with us wanna-be’s. I would be most thankful if someone can educate me on how to post more than one picture in the opening salvo.



I posted pics in the photo gallery. Still have not figured out how to post more than one pic per comment.
 

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I did the "Poorboy" type conversion on my 1100 you can find how I did it here,

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=93366&forum

Its been working just fine for over 25,000 miles so far.BTW if its been sitting for 6 years you NEED to change the timing belts,if you break one while its running you will be looking for a new set of valves at least. You should change out all the fluids as well and add new tires to the list even if the ones on it look good.Tires and brakes are too important to cheap out on,its not just your life at risk.

Ride safe and enjoy your new bike.
 

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Thanks for the tips and the link on your mod, RoadRogue. I have already changed oil and filter, got new radiator hose and thermostat, drained brake fluid, checked front and rear calipers / pads, put new fluid in front master and bled front brakes. Have ordered a rebuild kit for rear master cylinder. I will be getting new timing belts in the very near future. Probably when I attempt the alternator mod. The guy who gave me the bike is also a steel worker, so he should be able to help me with any welding and cutting. I am an electronics tech / computer specialist, so the rewiring should be a piece of cake... Your modification looks a lot easier than the poorboy kit. Thank you for your help.
 

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What is the color of you bike in your avitar?
 

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Hi Scott,

It is a dark blue with gold pin striping. It is still very dirty. I will concentrate more on the cosmetics after I get the mechanical and electrical challenges out of the way.
 

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Is it the original paint?
 

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As far as I know it is. The PO never did any paint work to it, but he bought it used about 10 years ago. Looking at some of the small chips, there are no indications of another color.
 

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I will see if I can clean it up a bit this weekend and take a picture of the faux tank. Except for the fairing and front fender, all the painted parts are off of the bike right now.
 

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Thanks for the link on how you modified your poorboy conversion for the 1100! I followed your directions fairly closely, don't weld so had to make some variations! It is working extremely well. One of my favorite things about this conversion is how a former Honda shop owner told my buddy, "There is no way in Hell that modification will work!" As I sit on my bike and watch the volt meter sit on about 14 volts.... Thanks buddy, I could not have done it without your example. :action:
 

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1980 GL110 Interstate - Custom paint - Gold under Cobalt Blue.

The stripes are paint &all this is under clear coat...



 

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OK you got me hooked! We are moving through the same universe. Here are a few things I have discovered going through my '81:


All of the fluids are equilvent to crude oil sludge: forks, shocks, diff & engine.


All of the rubber is petrified: seals for wheel bearings, shifter shaft, forks, shocks, valves, calipers and master cylinders. Also the drive shaft boot, speedometer rubbers and fork slide scrapers. The valve and timing belt cover seals are hard. The radaitor hoses are orignal.


The timing vacuum advance leaked. The brake hoses are not safe.
The rear brake lever, swing arm, steering head and drive shaft grease is dried like tooth paste. The rear brake lever was rusted solid.


The fuel tank is rusted and the carbs gummed up.


It seems like every electrical connetor is corroded.


I have been told and believe the waterpump and fuel pump should be replaced.



The intake valves are heavily carboned up.



I'm not trying to discourage you. These bikes are absolutely worth savings. The will go 250K miles if maintaned.All of the problems I have detected are deferred maintenance issues. Like yours, mine is cosmeticlly nice. I just need to bring the maintenance up to date.



The good news is all af the parts needed to bring these back are available. There is lots of help available here. I have been budgeting $75 every two weeks on my bike. This has kept me in parts and tools. Keep after itand you will have a reliable safe bike to show off.Let us know if you need any help.



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