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Post #1 by Christine » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:00 am

Hi Everyone,

When should I replace my belts?

I thought I would start my introduction with a little humor. I have been reading through the forums for a few weeks and I think everyone is in agreement that if you don’t know the last time they were changed, its time to do it.

A little info about me. I had never really been interested in motorcycles, never even ridden on one, and then I turned 40 this past year. It was almost like a switch, I had to have one. Not just any bike, I needed a vintage goldwing. This need undoubtedly grew from the fact that every car I have owned has been a horizontally opposed 4 cylinder. All of them being from the 50s - 80s and all the make of Volkswagen. Why would anyone want to spend 40 years riding around in Volkswagens you may ask? For me the answer is easy, my father is a Volkswagen mechanic/machinist. I grew up in his shop and before I was old enough to go to school, I had fallen in love with the unmistakable shape that is a boxer engine. Unfortunately in a car you only get to see the engine when your parked. On a goldwing however, you get to have a much different relationship with all that internal combustion happening right there between your legs.

In my free time I enjoy working on my cars, drag racing, skiing, hiking and spending time with my family. As soon as the weather gets a bit warmer and I pack the skis away I am looking forward to turning wrenches on my new bike.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. Less than 3 months after my 40th, we were trailering home a 1977 gl1000. I starts and rides ok, but could use a little fine tuning. Probably new belts too ;) .

Im looking forward to getting to know the ins and outs of this new machine from your experience.

Thank you in advance.
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Post #2 by Track T 2411 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:49 am

Welcome from Wisconsin! If you haven't found it already, there's a great thread in ShopTalk for 'new 2 you' bikes that covers a lot of the issues one might find on these 40+ year old machines. There's a link in my signature...
Enjoy the ride!
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Post #3 by pidjones » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:02 am

You will love it. Please learn riding skills and practice. Stats show the first 5000 miles is the most hazrdous for new riders. Eventually you develop a defensive "sense" about others intending to do something dumb.

Oh, adding your location helps others (that may be near) with suggestions.
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2006 GL1800 - the Black Pearl
1979 GL1000 project - to be restored
1978 GL1000 with '75 engine - the Hunley
Ex '79 CB750F rat bike - the Rocket - SOLD!
Ex '86 SEi
Ex '77 GL1000
Ex '75 RD400
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Post #4 by desertrefugee » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:22 am

Welcome! You’ve made two good choices: the motorcycle and this website…
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Post #5 by RAT » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:29 am

Welcome to the 'Wingdom.

You’re in good company ....

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Post #6 by 5speed » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:25 pm

welcome from another newbie rider and wing owner.
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Post #7 by chewy999 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:28 pm

Hi Christine and welcome from the UK. I'm assuming you are in the US from some of your phrases.
With regards to your bike, definitely change the belts so YOU know when it was last done.
Best advice I can give to a new rider is take it steady, and treat ALL other road user as idiots, and be ready to see actions from others that you won't believe!

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1980 CB250N Good to learn on
1981 CX500 good mid range tourer, went to Austria on it!
1983 GL1100C Pride and joy, sold when I bought my 1st house, big mistake
1985 GL650 Silverwing another mistake, horrible bike
1986 CBX550 Good commuter
1989 Suzuki GS750 (1976) cheap and cheerful until a dog ran out in front of me on Xmas Eve, 1991
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Post #8 by Christine » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:20 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome.

I am in the United States, the Pacific Northwest to be exact.

Im planning to do a full fluid flush, adjustment of periodically required mechanical components, mount new tires and change belts before I start riding in the spring.

Right after I brought the bike home I signed up for and completed the rider safety course. Lots of good information to practice. I have a little bit of the sense for dangerous drivers, for over 10 year I drove a 66 microbus daily. I realize it is like comparing apples and oranges, but there is little in the way of protection on the front of one of those busses if you have ever had the pleasure. Idiots were/are on the radar.
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Post #9 by rcmatt007 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:42 pm

If I remember (I lived through the 60's so I don't remember much) the '66 microbus has some thin sheet metal to protect you if you run into anything.

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Post #10 by Christine » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:27 am

That is right rcmatt007. When driving your knees are less than a foot from the sheet metal that makes up the outside of the vehicle. There is also a thin piece of fiberboard and loose insulation. A little bit more protection in the case of hitting bugs and birds than a motorcycle, but nothing I wanted to test to modern safety standards.

I always go by the thought that it really doesn’t matter who had the right of way, if you are the one injured. Or worse. :(
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Post #11 by 78Wingman » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:42 am

Welcome! Nice to see another North Westerner here! If you need some tips or possibly parts I may be able to help - although most of my spares are from a ‘78. No big deal to me to swap interchangeable parts between the years, but if your looking to do a restore it might matter to you. :-D

Love my Wing and ride it every chance I get! I’m sure you will too from the sound of your introduction. Enjoy!

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Post #12 by Christine » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:20 am

Thanks Wingman,

I am not trying to restore it to the letter. Im open to upgrades and suggestions on improving my bike. The guy I bought it from lives in Eugene. I believe he pieced much of it together from parts obtained from cyclepsycho. Being new to these machines, im not sure what parts actually belong on a 77. Im just looking to have something fun to ride and give it a few tweaks to make it my own.
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Post #13 by pidjones » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:09 am

The '77 was a pretty well-rounded GL1000. Smooth acceleration and well mannered, powerful but not the hot rod the '75 was. My biggest gripe with them was the emergency lighting system and trying to keep points adjusted and maintained. Many have replaced the points with an electronic system (usually Dyna S) to eliminate the later problem. Some innovative rewiring or faithful attentive maintenance keeps the lighting system working well. My first 'Wing was a '77 in '04. I loved it, but riding it gave serious back aches. I've learned that fairly easy handlebar change-outs made riding comfortable on the GL1000s again.
"Love 'em all.... let God sort 'em out!"
1978 GL1000 - winter project for 2020 challenge
2006 GL1800 - the Black Pearl
1979 GL1000 project - to be restored
1978 GL1000 with '75 engine - the Hunley
Ex '79 CB750F rat bike - the Rocket - SOLD!
Ex '86 SEi
Ex '77 GL1000
Ex '75 RD400
Ex '72 Penton 125 set up for flat track
Ex '73 RD250
Ex '68 TR6C - chopped

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Post #14 by rcmatt007 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:42 am

Christine wrote:Thanks Wingman,

I am not trying to restore it to the letter. Im open to upgrades and suggestions on improving my bike. The guy I bought it from lives in Eugene. I believe he pieced much of it together from parts obtained from cyclepsycho. Being new to these machines, im not sure what parts actually belong on a 77. Im just looking to have something fun to ride and give it a few tweaks to make it my own.


was the seller named Frank… an old hippy?
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all it takes for evil to prosper is the want of a few good men to do nothing-Edmund Burke
The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Post #15 by Christine » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:34 pm

My 77 has already been converted to dyna ignition and it seems to be working well. What do you mean by “Emergency lighting”? I am new to bikes, but in my previous dealings with antique vehicles, I rarely find the emergency lighting (4 way flashers) worth attempting to use. I had a bad experience about 20 years ago when i did try them. All the lighting malfunctioned for about 48 hours after. Gremlins in old NLA electrical components. Happened twice in one year. After that I never attempted on another vehicle if I could avoid it.

No, the seller was not Frank. I believe his name was Stuart.
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