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I thought I would post a picture of the reason I am selling my 83 GL1100A. I bought a 97 1500SE with 54K has just about everything a man could want, CB, Cassette, 6 CD changer and all kinds of crome. I think I got a good deal 7000.00, What do you think?
 

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Looks good there Hidepounder......

Congrats on the upgrade ! ! !
 

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Very nice pounder............ride on.
 

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The longer I ride the Grape Ape, the more I like 1500's, no.. love 1500's. Nice Ride Pounder.
 

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NIce... but I decided not to sell my '83 after I got my 1500... enough difference in handling that I ride them both..
 

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Congrats and that is a great looking ride. Too bad it is the slowest color though :cheeky1:
 

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I'm jealous, very nice ride I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
 

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I absolutely love white on a Wing!

Bernie
 

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Nice cruise, looks like it has been took care of.
 

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Hidepounder wrote:
I thought I would post a picture of the reason I am selling my 83 GL1100A. I bought a 97 1500SE with 54K has just about everything a man could want, CB, Cassette, 6 CD changer and all kinds of crome. I think I got a good deal 7000.00, What do you think?
You have excellent taste!:dude:

And don't be dismayed by the Fanatical Fuschia Followers--Friends don't let Friends Ride Red...:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:

 

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Hidepounder, You made a good deal, great looking bike. The visual extra's I see are extra tall windshield, front fender extension, foot pegs, luggage rack and chrome on the saddlebags. You also mentioned the CD changer.

Just a few thoughts..........

I have been using a rider backrest on my GL1500's for seventeen years. There are several choices, my personal preference is the Utopia. No ugly side mounting bars to get in the way of the passengers legs.

Does it have the OEM alternator or the aftermarket Comp-U-Fire alternator? The OEM is Hitachi LR140-708.

If OEM, I would check the alternator brushes in the not too distant future. Unless they have been cleaned/replaced recently. The alternator is very easy to remove, 3 bolts and wire connections.

If it does not have a volt meter, I would recommend installing one to monitor the charging system. The 1997 - 2000 Gold Wing's were subject to alternator failures. Honda purchased them from China, cheap wiring and poor connections. Most failures were rotor related. Not all of them failed but a significant number of them did fail within 25 - 60k miles. I was lucky, my '99 Wing happened to have a good alternator. My riding friend replaced two alternators on his '97 before 70k miles.

At the next tire change, I would lube the rear "drive shaft splines" with Honda Moly 60 lube. Not to be confused with the "rear wheel splines". You don't want to know the story behind this...!

Also, check the drive shaft boot, many of them split. Honda used a Valkyrie universal joint (which was slightly larger) but the Gold Wing boot. The universal joint would rub a hole in the boot.

Note: In 1997, Honda started using a few Valkyrie "drive line parts" to beef up the Gold Wing's.

Been wrenching on the GL1500's for seventeen years, if I can offer any suggestions just shoot me an e-mail.

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Beautiful.



Hey, do me a favor. After you ride the 1500 for a while, can you give a writeup how the two compare? I like my 83I but it just doesn't have enough power and the brakes are abysmal.
 

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chris in va wrote:
Beautiful.

Hey, do me a favor. After you ride the 1500 for a while, can you give a writeup how the two compare? I like my 83I but it just doesn't have enough power and the brakes are abysmal.
The '83 brakes are just fine, if you just do a few things.

Take the whole system apart and rebuild the masters and calipers. Put stainless steel braided brake lines on it. I've locked my brakes up a few times on purpose. Locking up the front brake gives quite a pucker...
 

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DBohrer wrote:
Does it have the OEM alternator or the aftermarket Comp-U-Fire alternator? The OEM is Hitachi LR140-708.

If OEM, I would check the alternator brushes in the not too distant future. Unless they have been cleaned/replaced recently. The alternator is very easy to remove, 3 bolts and wire connections.

If it does not have a volt meter, I would recommend installing one to monitor the charging system. The 1997 - 2000 Gold Wing's were subject to alternator failures. Honda purchased them from China, cheap wiring and poor connections. Most failures were rotor related. Not all of them failed but a significant number of them did fail within 25 - 60k miles. I was lucky, my '99 Wing happened to have a good alternator. My riding friend replaced two alternators on his '97 before 70k miles.
Thanks for the reply, I will look into all that you said. I really have not gotten into the bike that much yet, just put 100 miles on it yesterday after I picked it up. I have not explored behind all the plastic yet, just where would one locatedthe alternator? I am trying to get a clymer manual or simular to work from. thanks again. I may drop you a line from time to time. Randy
 
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