1976 gl1000 restoration

A forum for stories, pics and updates of your resto's. Be it a barn find, Grampas hand me down or a bike being brought back to it's former glory.If you are restoring it, show us your stuff!

Moderators: Brant, Sagebrush, Forum Moderators

Post Reply
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#61

Post by CaseyH »

240Z GL1000.JPG
240Z GL1000 1.JPG
Crazy weather today in Ontario
almost summer like
The bike runs out great
It was nice to put a few (illegal) miles on it
Gives me a chance to work a few more things out before I get it safe-tied and on the road legally
Took my other Japanese Toy out also.
The weather will change tomorrow and they both have to go back into hiding.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
ISRAELI
Tin Member
Tin Member
Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:30 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#62

Post by ISRAELI »

Real lovely bike.
User avatar
Jonesz
Silver Member
Silver Member
Posts: 684
Joined: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:03 pm
Location: Manitoba, Canada

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#63

Post by Jonesz »

Hey Casey really like both your Japanese toys!
Jonesz

1983 GL1100 Aspencade named "Freki" currently undergoing change to a standard. 95% Done
1999 Valkyrie CT 1500 goes by the moniker "Valerie"
1978 Gl1000 "Loki" new project going to be a Cafe Convertible
1979 Suzuki GS850
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#64

Post by CaseyH »

Thanks
The best thing about them is once you get it right they are so incredibly reliable.
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#65

Post by CaseyH »

Some times extra time on your hands can be a good thing.
The bike started but I was not happy with how it turned over.
Pulled the battery out and noticed it was almost dry.
Filled with distilled water and reinstalled.
Checked voltage across posts wile running and yes it was over charging at 15.8 volts at 3000 rpm.
Did the search and saw the amount of discussion on this topic.
Did I ever mention that this forum is very helpful action1
First check was the plug connections to the regulator.
They looked a little corroded.
Cleaned them and the voltage is now at 14.5 at 3000 rpm.
Next on my list of virus social distancing exercises is cleaning and lubricating the rest of the contacts as a good way to prevent future issues.

Casey
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#66

Post by CaseyH »

Well I finally got this bike on the road legal.
Stood with safety check and various pieces of paper in line for about 2 hrs outside.
Worth it, The weather finally switched to summer.
The license office had been closed until now.

Casey
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
User avatar
pidjones
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2210
Joined: Wed May 22, 2013 4:06 pm
Location: East TN

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#67

Post by pidjones »

I've also seen that if I run the battery down (cranking for compression testing, setting timing, etc.), that the voltage will run as high as 17.1 V (on the digital voltmeter added on my '79) for up to three miles. Then it will drop to ~14.3 V.
"Love 'em all.... let God sort 'em out!"
2006 GL1800 - the Black Pearl FOR SALE! to make room for:
2021 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited Dark Chalk Metallic
1976 Yamaha RD400c
1978 GL1000 with '75 engine - the Hunley
Ex 1978 GL1000
Ex 1979 GL1000
Ex '79 CB750F rat bike
Ex '86 SEi
Ex '77 GL1000
Ex '76 RD400
Ex '72 Penton 125 set up for flat track
Ex '73 RD250
Ex '68 TR6C - chopped
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#68

Post by CaseyH »

Thanks

Good to know.
The battery is also weak and I am waiting for a replacement to show up.
I will test it again with a new AGM battery and see where it's at.
Amazon delivery has slowed up considerably.
Went for a 80 km drive this afternoon.
Surprisingly fast when you get up in the power band.

Casey
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#69

Post by CaseyH »

The more I ride the better it runs
GL1000 1.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
AZNGW Rider
Chrome Member
Chrome Member
Posts: 111
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:30 am
Location: Arizona

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#70

Post by AZNGW Rider »

I just bought a 1976 GL1000 before the pandemic isolation started so it's been slow going but now I have new tires so it is rideable once more.

You have made a lot of progress during the winter.

Where does one find an original seat?
1976 Goldwing GL-1000
1998 Royal Star 1300
2001 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
:crosso
Past Bikes
1975 Kawasaki KZ400
1977 Goldwing GL-1000
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#71

Post by CaseyH »

I found the seat online on Kijiji in Ontario.
They come up on Ebay also

Casey
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#72

Post by CaseyH »

gl10002.JPG
Another picture
The powers that be reopened a park where I go hiking.
Why you close a trail 20 miles from the nearest human lolol
Anyway it was a nice ride and a nice walk.

Casey
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#73

Post by CaseyH »

Found that no matter how much I cleaned connections the bike would still charge over 15 volts.
I bought a Amazon solenoid switch and hooked the black wire from the voltage regulator to the positive battery post.
Worked like a dream.
Voltage at 3000 rpm 14.2 volts.
GL electrical.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
User avatar
Gowing
True Blue Steel Biker
True Blue Steel Biker
Posts: 2196
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:50 am

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#74

Post by Gowing »

Casey, could you please explain the solenoid switch? It’s not your starter solenoid is it? Thanks Dave.
Dave

1975 GL 1000
1980 XS650
1971 CT90
1972 F7 KAW 175
1984 elite 80
2004 Chinese 150cc scooter.
2000 moby blaze 40cc
Chihuahua (Ellie)
Chihuahua #2 (Dot)
Chihuahua #3 (Blaze)
CaseyH
Cast Iron Member
Cast Iron Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:54 pm

Re: 1976 gl1000 restoration

#75

Post by CaseyH »

My Bad
I should have typed relay switch.
This a solution which has been talked about on this forum in a number of threads.
The relay is triggered when you turn on the ignition and the voltage regulator trigger wire is connected directly to the positive battery terminal.
https://www.amazon.ca/HOUTBY-2Pack-Univ ... PFE9BDJ6NJ
This is the link to a great switch which has a fuse built in the circuit
Casey
1973 Yamaha RT360 Enduro - project
1975 Yamaha XS650 - project - sold
1976 Gl1000 - rider
1976 KZ900 - rider
1974 CB750 - sold
1986 1100 Virago(sold)
2001 ZXR1200 Ninja(sold)
1972 240z action1
Post Reply

Return to “Members Restorations and Projects”