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Well, here's my first question for the group- what's the best procedure for revamping my '82 goldwing aspencade?

This was my dads bike, last ridden in '87. Low miles, no damage except torn seats and lots of musty smell. Stored for 22 years- I still can't believe it. Chances are he would have prepared it for storage, since he did operate a Honda dealership for many years. After this long though, I'm sure it needs TLC plus.

So- where to start? I'm going to pull the plugs and spray some light oil around the cylinders, hoping to wet the entire circumference of the pistons, then let that sit for a few days. Maybe I should change the oil before I take the next step- ? Turn it over without the plugs in (plugs will be grounded to the engine with the wires attached). This will be done using jumper cables from a fully charged 12v battery, since the battery on the bike is going to be- well, it probably looks like an alien by now. Once I find it, I'll take it out.

I'm wondering about pre-pressurizing the oil system. I thought to remove the oil pressure sender, then pump some fresh oil in through there to hopefully get some lube to points where it has totally drained down. Anyone think this makes sense? I've been told to just turn it over without the plugs in, and watch for the oil pressure light to go out, but I don't want to damage dry bearings, etc. Am I worrying too much about this?

I guess one thing I wonder about is - can I just put in a liter of fresh oil (not overfilling it of course) and run it through a warm up and then change all the oil and the filter, or should I drain it cold first, then replace filter and oil, then start it for the first time in years? Same question goes for the antifreeze- if the level of what's in there is ok, can I run it like that til fully warmed up, or should it be changed before the engine is fired up?

Next question- the fuel system. My thought was to drain whatever might be in the tank, then partly fill with a fuel/carb cleaner mixture, run it through the carbs til they pee, then let that sit for several days. Add more fuel to the tank to make it mostly fuel, then try to fire it up. The alternative is to fully clean out the tank, remove and rebuild the carbs pretty much totally, clean and/or replace any fuel lines, --how far should I go- are there going to be problems with diaphrams in the carbs? As far as jets, am I better off to replace right away? What are the chances that I won't have to rebuild the carbs? If I do have to, is there still a source of parts for this bike?

Lots of questions, I know. I'd rather do the job right, and I'd also rather keep the expense down as much as possible. I'm no stranger to taking things apart and getting them back together again properly, so I'd be doing almost all of the work myself. I'm not going to attempt to change the tires myself, though. I'll leave that to a shop that can do it right.

All well-meaning replies accepted, appropriate advise is appreciated. Thanks
 
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