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i have a 79 with a verified 1100 motor. one mech i talked to at a reputable dealership says that yes some of the 79's in the last couple of months of production did come with the 1100 stock because of the 79-80 size change in the engine.is there anybody out there who can really tell me if this is true or not. hope all had a great holiday season and i really like this site. ps i am dumb as a box of rocks on these goldwings but am trying to learn cause i'm keeping this one for a while.mom won't let me buy a new one lol
 

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I can not verify it but this is the second time I have heard this story. There was a guy ( not sure if it was here or NGW) that swore he had a stock 79 with a 1100 engine in it. I think I showed my Butt and called him bad names.
 

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If you ever have any of the engineheads off for some reason, then measure the diameter ofany cylinder. 72mm = 1000ccm; 75mm = 1100ccm.

Meanwhile, maybe you could determine the displacement according to the engine serial number? GL1000s engine serial numbers start with GL1E and I think that 1100s have a different initial.

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do the engine and frame numbers match?
Randakk's Cycle Shakk doesn't seem to support this

GL1000 999cc 4-cycle flat four - Gold Wing
1979 GL1000
- Frame: GL1-4100001
- Engine: GL1E-4100001

GL1100 1085cc 4-cycle flat four - Gold Wing
1980 GL1100
- Frame: SC02-2000040
- Engine: SC02E-2000047

The first GL1100 were available in 1979
 
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