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toomanybikes
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Back in the Goldwing saddle

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After some regret on selling my '81 due to a move, I'm back in the Goldwing saddle with yet another '81 project. This will be my fifth GL1100 resurrection, so I know what to look for, but I'm sure something new will pop up.

This one is an all original standard/naked with a Vetter fairing. As usual, it's a non-runner and will need the standard fixes: battery, belts, carbs, valves, plugs, etc. Hopefully it avoids the heavier lifts, especially the dreaded sprag clutch.

Most interesting thing about this one, 43 years old and only 8038 miles on what appears to be the original speedo. Nice.

I'll probably pull the Vetter off to bring it back to true naked status.
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Stable as of 15Jun24: '22 Kawasaki Z900RS, '19 Triumph Scrambler XC, '07 Yamaha FJR1300, '00 BMW R1100R, '85 Honda V30 Magna, '81 Honda GL1100
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Re: Back in the Goldwing saddle

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Congratulations. It looks like it has been stored well. Good luck with the gas tank. I have had a dickens of a time getting rusted gas lines inside the tank cleaned out. Keep us updated.
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Nice find! Enjoy the ride!
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

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'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
'Scarlett' '76 'Survivor' nekkid as a j-bird!

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The 'Jalopy' '78-'79 Mash-up
'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

In The Shed:
'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
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Glad you’re back … nice looking rescue …

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leonardhcross wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 7:30 am Congratulations. It looks like it has been stored well. Good luck with the gas tank. I have had a dickens of a time getting rusted gas lines inside the tank cleaned out. Keep us updated.
The tank is surprisingly clean, fingers crossed it will take 0 work, making up for the '85 V30 I'm currently working on. I brought the scope with me when checking the bike out, so that was another selling point.
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Stable as of 15Jun24: '22 Kawasaki Z900RS, '19 Triumph Scrambler XC, '07 Yamaha FJR1300, '00 BMW R1100R, '85 Honda V30 Magna, '81 Honda GL1100
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Hey, hey! Nice seeing you back.

You and I almost had a duel over an '81 a few years back, as I recall. I wouldn't play the seller's game of "two buyers=bidding war" and wouldn't show up. You got the bike.

You picked up a really nice looking '81, and old tanks don't get any cleaner than that. Pull the Vetter and sourcing front signals, fork ears, and bucket could run you more than most of the other parts you'll need - combined. But you know that.

I love it when I see that the "600 mile service" sticker hasn't been removed. I never know if that means the dealer didn't do the service, the dealer forgot to remove it, the owner did the service, or the 600 mile service was never done. Or I guess one might simply decide that break-in maintenance is required every 600 miles! Of course, it can't be a Honda if that's the interval.
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1992 ST1100 - my longer haul tourer
1987 VFR700 - son's latest, in blue/silver
1983 GL1100I - son's naked Blue Phoenix
1982 GL1100I - naked bagger Cabernet (surf bike)
1979 GL1000 - Ginger Lynn, but not that Ginger Lynn (Wing and a Prayer)
1978 CB550K - son's cafe
1983 CB550SC - one owner, 5k, great paint & seat/good chrome (will soon sell)

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1986 VFR700 - neglected by PO for decades with only 1000 miles and (literally) original tires. ETA at DMV, August 2024, in time for Fall twisties.
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Re: Back in the Goldwing saddle

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NotSoLilCrippseys wrote: Sat Jun 15, 2024 11:58 am Hey, hey! Nice seeing you back.

You and I almost had a duel over an '81 a few years back, as I recall. I wouldn't play the seller's game of "two buyers=bidding war" and wouldn't show up. You got the bike.
Yup, I remember those threads. That '81 was the reason I picked up this one. We move a year ago and I (foolishly) sold the previous one rather than pay for moving.

If you're curious, here's how the previous one ended up after ditching the Vetter and adding some signals, HD shocks, CB900 front fender, and HD exhaust. I'll probably do similar mods to this one once I get the engine, brakes, and tires right.
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Asheville, NC, USA
Stable as of 15Jun24: '22 Kawasaki Z900RS, '19 Triumph Scrambler XC, '07 Yamaha FJR1300, '00 BMW R1100R, '85 Honda V30 Magna, '81 Honda GL1100
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