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Hello everyone!

My dog Bourbon rides an old bike almost daily (weekend only in the winter) but since his bike can not achieve highway speeds we started looking for a new rig.




We found a hack he liked attached to a well-worn GL1000 with unknown mileage, rusted through exhaust, leaking carbs, torn seat and some other misc issues.

Since my wife drives a 4-cylinder 83 Honda NightHawk (and refuses to get any other bike, except another 83 NH), I figured it would not hurt to learn the art of 4-cylinder maintenance and we decided to get it highway worthy.




After some time I now have the bike configured more to the taste of my dog and myself.




I have just rebuilt the carbs, (and become amazed at how low the gas mileage is on Gl1000's with a hack) and enough restoration for local driving.

(just got done rebuilding the carbs, new tires on order, replaced/rebuild front and rear calipers and rear master cylinder, new battery, made "naked", new used seat, gas tank looks good, seems to ride well.)

My next goal is to make this bike safe and reliable enough for my dog to take on vacation.

I have been searching through the forum here and I have some questions that I would like your opinion(s) on.

1. What should I do (if anything) to ready this bike to be reliable for a 300-500 mile trip?

2. I have not yet inspected the timing belt. How often do these need to be changed? If it looks 'OK' can I leave it well enough alone? Are they a pain in the butt to change?

3. I have read that the stator-regulator connection should be rewired-soldered. I can't see from the manual where this should take place. If I am not running anything other than naked lights do I need to do this?

It is charging just fine.

4. Any other common issues?

Thank you!

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Welcome:waving:Barnstormer
 

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Hallo Barnstormer

Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
And good luck with your Wing.
 

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Welcome from Oklahoma :waving: Enjoy the wing :cheesygrin:
 

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Welcome from Oz. As with any engine that runs a timing belt if you are unsure of the history change it ( in this case them) and then you know when it will next be due.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Hope your dog enjoys his new ride as much as you do.:clapper:
 

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Hello Barnstormer and Welcome Unless you have a maintenance histroy with the bike I would surely spend the few hrs to replace the timing belts . Its good for peace of mind when your talking about a 35 year old bike ( belts ) . You can get Gates belts from an auto parts store , dont need to get them from Mother Honda . MMM number Gates T274 , read thru this link : Goldwing Tips Also check this link if you havent already found/used it :Randakk's .
As for your alternator wires , look under the left side cover for 3 yellow wires . If unmolested they should be at the forward edge of the battery . They will have a white plug connector where the engine Alt wires connect to the chassis harness . The actuall plug may be inside a rubber booty sort of bell shpped if I recall correctly . They cut out the plug connector and soldier the 3 wires together . No need to worry about which goes where . Just yellow to yellow , engine side to harness side . Not sure about with a sidecar but a bare 1000 should get near 40mpg i believe .
If you have sorted out the brakes , carbs installed new tires it should be ready for 500 mile days after the timing belts are replaced .
About the belts ...this is an interference fit engine . If a belt brakes , your in for a lot of work . Possibly bent valves damaged heads and or piston . Its worth the price of belts . There are tutorials here for changing them as well . Read the totorial several times to to be sure you understand them . Come ask us questions . Be sure to turn the engine over 4-6 6imes by hand , with plugs out to be sure it turns easily and the marks line up after your work .
Now you can enjoy taking the Pup out for long rides . Enjoy the breeze .

BTW what size if the BMW ? R50 maybe ? I would have thought it should do highway speed .
 

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Hello from Virginia,

Welcome Aboard!!!!!

Glad to have you with us!

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Hello Barnstormer and Welcome Unless you have a maintenance histroy with the bike I would surely spend the few hrs to replace the timing belts . Its good for peace of mind when your talking about a 35 year old bike ( belts ) . You can get Gates belts from an auto parts store , dont need to get them from Mother Honda . MMM number Gates T274 , read thru this link : Goldwing Tips Also check this link if you havent already found/used it :Randakk's .
As for your alternator wires , look under the left side cover for 3 yellow wires . If unmolested they should be at the forward edge of the battery . They will have a white plug connector where the engine Alt wires connect to the chassis harness . The actuall plug may be inside a rubber booty sort of bell shpped if I recall correctly . They cut out the plug connector and soldier the 3 wires together . No need to worry about which goes where . Just yellow to yellow , engine side to harness side . Not sure about with a sidecar but a bare 1000 should get near 40mpg i believe .
If you have sorted out the brakes , carbs installed new tires it should be ready for 500 mile days after the timing belts are replaced .
About the belts ...this is an interference fit engine . If a belt brakes , your in for a lot of work . Possibly bent valves damaged heads and or piston . Its worth the price of belts . There are tutorials here for changing them as well . Read the totorial several times to to be sure you understand them . Come ask us questions . Be sure to turn the engine over 4-6 6imes by hand , with plugs out to be sure it turns easily and the marks line up after your work .
Now you can enjoy taking the Pup out for long rides . Enjoy the breeze .

BTW what size if the BMW ? R50 maybe ? I would have thought it should do highway speed .
Thank you Mike!

The bike in the photo is a CJ750 (R71 Decedent). I have an R50S but even that would be stressed on the highway.

The GL1000 is doing a nice solid job so far, I rode it to work today!

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