1976 leave as is, restore, resto-mod, or full custom.

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1976 leave as is, restore, resto-mod, or full custom.

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Looking at buying my first Goldwing. A buddy has one, across the country, that I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy.

It was a barn find and is complete. I suspect I could polish it up, do the carbs and belts etc. And run it as a true survivor. Obviously the decision might be made for me if it gets here and some stuff just absolutely had to be changed but I'm thinking I could do anything I want with it.

What say you?
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Post by ericheath »

Looks rehabitable.
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Post by wingrider »

I would say, unless you want to make it your own and change it up, get it back into riding shape, a leave it alone.
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Post by Dog Boy »

Restore. It looks original and complete. Refresh each system and replace all rubber. Clean it as you refresh it. Good luck to you!

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Post by TNTbefree »

Nice. I know pictures can be deceiving, but if she looks as good in person, I would do a clean up and ride. So. it's across the country. What are the pick-up plans and date or do you plan on having her shipped? Is she running? And if I may be so nosy, what was the asking price for her? Ballpark it.

Best of luck and congrats on such a pretty find.
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Restore the old girl.
Bring it back to OEM or as close as possible.
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Post by Fred Camper »

Change the belts, clean and ride. All you mention are options, but the option to save the patina can only happen now, harder to do that after a full restore. Certain consider saving the paint, as one you repaint, well, it is repainted.

Most important to remember that it is for your enjoyment. There are very many in museums and this one is not headed there. So the choice is yours, and mankind will not be disappointed in any solution you choose.
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I say restore it to original. You can always buy a beater to cut up and modify.
Thats what I did, my avatar is what I found and this is her resurrected now.
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Post by 5speed »

If I hadn't just walked past mine..I would have sworn you stole it.
I'm going to clean mine and ride it for this season then do some mods to it this coming winter..nothing that I can't undo and restore to factory though. Well except for the paint..I'm on the fence between leaving it like it is..or painting it.
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Post by Irishman1 »

Garage of 75's
Garage of 75's
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My thoughts on my 5 1975 gl's is that at this point in time there are only so many left as they were sold. So many have been trashed or customized already. I think I'm preserving a small part of motorcycle history in my own way. (Although I'm bobbing a 77 for my son.) if it were a little rougher I would customize it it. But I think you should keep her stock with the stock paint and ride around to show her To as many people as you can!!!
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1975 Honda gl1000 sulfur yellow( my first!) NGW BOTM February 2020
1975 Honda gl1000 red (Ruth's free bike) NGW BOTM January 2017

1975 honda gl1000 red. Eariest of my 75's 2/75 date
1975 Honda gl1000 blue green 5/75
1975 Honda gl1000 blue green 3/75
1975 Honda gl1000 blue green 4/75
1976 Honda gl1000 sulfur yellow
1977 honda gl1000 red black, Ian's next bike
1976 Honda gl1000 red next restoration
1975 Honda cb750 rebuilding soon!
1975 Honda gl1000 2/75 blue/green
1978 Honda cb750f super sport
1979 Honda cb750f super sport
1979 Honda CBX
1980 Honda CBX
1981 Honda CBX
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