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Hey guys,

I acquired a 1979 GL1000. It was my great uncle's, he passed away and my great aunt passed his bike on to me rather than selling it.

Some info on the bike:

1979 GL1000, vetter fairing, king and queen seat, 3 hard case panniers.

Just before he parked it he had it at the Honda dealer for a tune up. He parked it in 2003, the same year he had it in for a tune up, because it would not start and he couldn't track down the problem. Also this was about the time his brain tumor was discovered so he wasn't really himself and lost patience easily. Another sign of his loss of patience is the fact that it was stored improperly.

Anyway, it's now in our garage and I started taking a look into this no start problem. The engine turns freely, but there is old gas in the tank and presumably carbs so I'll have to clean those up before it runs. (gas tank/carb removal? What all does it involve?)

I'm not entirely sure what his definition of the no-start was. Was it turning for him? Was it the same issue I have found? So this is what I found for the 'no-start' phenomenon. It's electrical, related to the clutch safety switch and the neutral safety switch. There's a bad ground or connection for the neutral safety switch and the clutch switch just flat out does not work.

Other symptoms of the electrical problems:

I removed the all plastic from the bike and the seat. I didn't remove the fairing at this point. I removed the center console cover. Up to this point I could not get the neutral light on at all. When I removed the center console cover all of a sudden I had a neutral light, but it was present through all the gears. The starter now turned for me.

So anyway, I know what the problem is: Neutral and clutch safety switch preventing the starter from engaging. Now I just have to solve it, maybe follow wires and clean connections and replace both switches.

That's my bike! Hope I can gather all sorts of nice info here.
 

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Wellcome Aboard!! You will find alot of helpfull how to's and guru's on here. I am new to this wing thing also, just be patient for a reply. I think your pursueing this with a very good approach ... that is, get the wiring up to par and check all electronicsFirst.
 

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:waving:Hello and Welcome . IT sounds like your on the way to many miles of enjoyment after some hrs of TLC . Your on a good path with the cleaning of wire connections . Be sure to check the OFF switch position on the right handlebar switch assy. The clutch saftey switch for testing you can remove the wires at the plugs and jumper them together for testing purpose . I think you can remove the switch and possibly clean it , to make it useable again. The neutral light switch comes drom down on the front of the engine . If its pinched and grounded that will cause the lamp to be on.

Its been a while since I removed 1000 set of carbs . It takes some patience to manuever them out . The gas tank , I would drain ( pump/siphon ) it to empty and have a look inside . It may be stale but not gummed up . If it needs removing its like birthing a baby nearly . TO take it out you need to remove the rear fender ,inner rear fender,rear wheel /brake assy . I think I even had to remove the final drive assy . Then it still takes some figetting ,twisting ,grimacing to coax it out.

AS you have probly seen its got a points type ignition , so check those. IT also has timing belts for the overhead camshafts. This is an "interference fit " engine . That means if a timing belt breaks your most likely going to bend at least one valve and possibly worse damage. I bring this up not to scare you but giver you information. If you can not find records of the belts ( one to each head ) being replaced I'd recommmend making that a high priority to getting the motor running .

ALL fluids should be changed as well ....coolant ( use the correct type ) brake fluids , oil ,including the final drive lube.

Here is a website that has vast info for bring back to service the old Wings.

Honda GL1000 Restoration Specialist - Randakk's Cycle Shakk

Please come back and ask questions as you need . I hope you find us a helpful group and like our family atmosphere. I wish you to be riding in the wind soon .
 

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hey sporkfly, welcome to the best site around, hang in there, there will be many replies to your post from all the experts here. a lot of them have the 1000's and will tell you exactly what to do next, i have a 1500. but the carbs are a definate, do you have spark at all, sounds like an electrical problem with either the coils or the module if it has one. check the connections and the coils. where are you located, you may have someone close to you that could help. the people here are the most awsome you'll find. good luck
 

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I haven't gotten as far as checking spark yet, this project is on the back burner at the moment. I'm rebuilding a CB550 and this winter was dedicated to it. I'll probably start really digging into the 1000 once I get the 550 back together (this will be around spring as it is going to be my daily rider).

I'm really looking forward to getting this bike back on the road due to sentimental value. It's not going to sit and sit as I've already started planning it out a little. It won't be a complete frame off clean up, but it will be close to it. My 550 was a frame off clean up and it's been a long road, but it was a basket case when I got it. Non-runner, coils and most wiring shot, holes through the gas tank, exhaust baffles eaten away... The 1000 should be a treat to get running after this thing. :)
 

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sporkfly wrote:
. . . . I'm really looking forward to getting this bike back on the road due to sentimental value. . . . . .
If your 1000 ends up mechanically sound and healthy - it will have a LOT more than sentimental value. These machines are very well-designed, and really a pleasure to ride. I wish you all the best, and hope you enjoy your first 'Wing as much as I have mine. :)
 

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Hey good luck with it, just remember no matter how much of a pain it is, it'll be worth it. My 77 money pit has had the threat of a for sale sign told to it several times, but with only 39K, can't bring my self to do it. these bikes just need some TLC to get them back running. Ranndakks is a great site, also look around here more, you can use some parts from napa, belts, hoses, thermostat, will save you a bundle. I had changed my points out for the dyna, I'd suggest that but go with the aftermarket dyna coils also, there the next few items on my list.

Oh and last thing, post a pic of her for us to see.
 

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Hi Sporkfly, and welcome!

I'll start off by directing you to a short article I wrote on this topic.

Resurrecting An Old Goldwing

Some of the things in that article will apply, some will not...but it'll give you some good places to start.

Keep asking questions as you come across your problems, someone around here will be sure to know the answer! :)

Mike
 

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If your not going to try and get it running until spring, I would be inclined to shoot some oil into the cylinders and then turn it over a couple of times.

Sea Foam makes a good aresol spray that would work well for this application.
 

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Have you ever had a spork taco?
Welcome, the 79 is a great bike, easy to work on and amazingly there are a bunch of owers on this site so you'll get great advice.
 

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Hello! Welcome to the site!
 

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Welcome to the family, Bro. These old GL1000's are Great bikes! My '76 has 73,000 miles and probably still has at least that left in her. Be a good idea to change the timeing belts.
 

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Timing belts probably should be changed, but they were replaced in 2003 when it was in for the tune up (at least, I'm nearly sure they are. I looked behind the covers and they still had the Honda paint intact on the belts). It would probably be a good idea to change them anyway as the bike has been sitting for 5 years and that's the usual change interval if mileage isn't reached (I'm going to University for automotive service). It needs cleaning and minor tune ups, but is 100% complete. Original except for the vetter fairing, luggage and king/queen seat. This bike was a single owner bike, my great uncle, until now. I don't remember exactly (I haven't memorized it yet) but I think it only has about 35k on the clock. It's been to Vegas and back, and otherwise was his around town bike. Before he died he wanted to take it on one last trip across the country, I think Montana, but my great aunt would not let him (I'm not a fan of her, and not many of us are) because he was 'too sick' which I don't agree with. When I get it back on the road and in its prior glory I'm taking that trip for him.

All these responses! Holy wow! I really need to get myself a camera now, don't I? ;) Now there's a dilemma, do I want a Remington 870 or a camera?
 

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Welcome to the family, Bro. These old GL1000's are Great bikes! My '76 has 73,000 miles and probably still has at least that left in her. Be a good idea to change the timeing belts.
DO YOU WANT TO SHOOT THE BIKE OR TAKE PICTURES OF IT? LOL
 

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". . . do I want a Remington 870 or a camera?. . . "

Get the 870. The digital camera will be obsolete next year. A good, reliableshotgun never goes out of style. :)
 
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