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Last september, my old Yamaha finally bit the dust so went looking for a new bike. Picked up this bike for $1500.00. It was a blue naked 77 gl1000. No one around here really works on these so I bought a manual, read the internet and dove in. I rebuilt the carbs because their was a hesitation at 3700 RPM that drove me nuts. Changed the timing belts, head gaskets, all fluids etc. I found some old bags from a 750 and had some car paint left over so painted my bike and bags to match. At first I did not like it this color, but when I put it all back together, I like it. It is a frost metallic. I just wish I could get the original decals but with this color, not sure how it would look (maybe the red ? ). I've put 13,000 miles on her since I bought it in September 2004 and really like it. One of best parts is everywhere I go, someone always comes over and asks about it and checks it out, which I am sure the guys I ride with who own MUCH more expensive bikes just don't understand.
I hate to take her off the road even for a day or two, but just came back from the Smokies and had some issues so she is now on the jack. Fork seals are leaking. I did strip one of the plugs tho, so if anyone has one to sell, PLEASE contact me ASAP. Putting a new rear tire on her (spitfire), painting exhaust as long as it is off. The brake pedal was sticking to, so I took it off and cleaned that area up.
Anyway, that is my bike. For a long distance ride, I would match the comfort against most anything. I need a new seat, but my old one is so comfortable, I am just taking it in to get it recovered tomorrow. I hate to buy the Corbin and then find I like my old one better.
If anyone lives around middle tennessee and wants to ride, look me up. For that matter, if you are coming to this area from anywhere, look me up. We will go for a ride :)
 

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don_berry, welcome to the forum! :waving:

Looks like you have done a beautiful job on the 1000! :clapper:

I don't have any sources but I'm sure someone will be along with suggestions for a new fork plug.

Bob :11grey:
 

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Welcome to the forum Don. I too have a '77. It really is a great bike. Yours looks nice with the new paint... I might have to paint mine now!

I went with the Corbin seat and never looked back. At $220, it really is a good deal for a comfortable leather-covered seat. I actually stopped by the Corbin factory in Hollister, CA. a few months ago and they made one for me on the spot. Really nice people.The seatstake time to break in. When it was new it was comfortable,and firm... but now with over 1000 miles on it, it's REALLY comfortable.
 

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Welcom Don_berry, that's a great looking bike, theirs lots of great info on these old bikes on this site, I'm tring to get mine running right, but it'll get there in time,

Happy ridding.



Hey Axelwik great looking seat, Looks like you sit back farther,and lower, Do you happen to know of a catalog or a web site I could look at these on.
 

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Hey Axelwik great looking seat, Looks like you sit back farther,and lower, Do you happen to know of a catalog or a web site I could look at these on.
Yep, http://www.corbin.com

It's definitely more roomy than other seats... longer over all, and the wife really likes it.
 

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Don,

Welcome!!:waving::waving::waving:

Nice looking Wing! Sounds like you've taken care of the two major things, the belts & the carbs.


I too have Corbin Seats for my Wing. When riding solo, I have the Gun Fighter on her. Like Axelwik's, it sets you back about four inches, & down a couple more. And it looks really cool!!:cool:



If you really wanted to you could ride a passenger on it, but I have a Corbin Road Commander for riding two up. It sets me up more like the stock seat would, but still gives me lower back support.




That's one of the nice thing about the gl1000's, you just have to loosen two bolts to swap the seats.:jumper:

If'n you after OEM grafics, Reprodution Decal has a set for each of the first generation (75-77) Wings at http://www.crescentmoonunlimited.com/assets/images/old_yeller_018.jpg.



I've sent you a private message about the fork plug.



 

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Don Berry, that's an awesome 1000, one of the best I've ever seen !

Can you post a link with more pictires of it somehow ?!

Welcome, Bro !
 

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I can get some up a little later. Right now she is in pieces as I am waiting for my fork seals. Figured as long as she was down a bit, I would do some minor cleanup etc.

Thanks for the comment. It just looks alot different because of the color of the paint and the 750 bags on her.
 
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