Stop me if you've heard this one before...
Bought a 1981 GL1100 Interstate for $500. It wasn't running, but the owner delivered it to my door. The idea was to try an inexpensive option for my wife and I to ride together. If we liked it, I'd upgrade to a better ride.
So, all I needed to do was get it running. Maybe take out the carbs and rebuild. Put it back and good to go.
Now, I had NEVER worked on a motorcycle before in my life. But, being my age, it was time to start. How hard could it be to rebuild carbs. Not like that hadn't been done before.
Well, here's pics of where I am currently
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A simple idea to rebuild the carbs and I tore the whole thing apart. Why not stop at the carbs? Right?
Here's the kicker. I've put it back together to this point from the parts manual. Clymer really isn't much help. So, I print the diagrams, head down to the shop, and try to match parts to place back on to the bike. Guess you'll know I've got a few extra parts I don't know where they go
I've decided not to put the fairing and bags back. Maybe I'll keep the bags, but I have a 1982 GL1100 Aspenade to carry me on longer trips (got the 82 cause the 81 wasn't going anywhere).
My idea is to have a fun build and get it on the road. Too many other projects need a better budget. I polish the parts, blast, and paint everything here in my shop. But, I sure need help and why I'm glad I found this forum.
Please chime in with ideas, comments, or criticisms of any kind since I'm blindly leading my own way. Much good information found already. My next issues;
1. Hooking-up the front end. I'll need to get a headlight bucket, turn signals, etc since there will be no fairing. Can these be from any naked 81?
2. The right front shock is shot and I'll need to replace it. Any suggestions on a budget replacment?
3. What do I do with all that wiring and where does it all go?
4. Hate the look of the handlebars, but it'll do for now.
We all love pics and I'll post more. Thanks in advance!!