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I recently became a proud owner of a 78 GL1000 goldwing and I know nothing about motorcycles. It has 9000 actual miles on it and has been kept in a shed all its life. The last time it was ran (about 12 years ago) it was shut down by turning the fuel switch off and letting it run out of fuel. Besides changing all the fluids and installing a new battery is there anything else that you might suggest I do before tring to start it.
 

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Remove the plugs and put a spoonful of light oil in the cylinders and spin it over 30 seconds or so and replace the plugs. While the plugs are out put the wires on them and place the plugs against the head and check for spark. When you do get it running replace the timing belts right away.
 

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Welcome to the forum: Sounds like you got yourself a good deal on an oldWing. Yes timing belt replacement is first priority. If a belt breaks you will be rebuilding the heads.

I suggest that you go to this site forgreat info on resurecting an oldGl1000.

www.randakks.com
 

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If she fires up, Keep those rpms down. Until the engine is lubed really well you run a slight risk of a valve hanging up & a piston hitting it.

Dave's advise allows for some lube in the cylinders as well as a chance for the engine to get some oil pressure prior to starting. It might not hurt to run a lil 2 stroke oil in your first gallon of gas.

Keep us posted! You own a real nice bike there!

You might have to clean your points up to get a good spark.
 

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Great find !-- this is a very helpful group ,you are in the right place
--Randakks has a excellent tech tips on starting old wings after a long lay up--i would add one more, check and verify the gas tank , any rust making it's way into the carbs will be trouble After sitting for 12 years , we can't expect the tank to be perfect, the very least the gas is beyond help
i believe there is a thread on this site for a GL 1000 manual--take your time, enjoy the time with the bike it will be well worth your effort when you are on the road
 

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This is a great site witn alot of great info. Thanks keep up the good work and I will be back very often.
 

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You may find that as you pull things off to get it right, you'll see other things that need to be worked on.

I'm still working on my 78. And I rode the thing home 84 miles.

tk
 
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