Update, 1 July 2008
I bought this bike on 7 July 2007 (7-7-7) with the intention of cleaning it up some and making a quick buck. The original title of this thread was Flip This Bike! (Craigslist 2 eBay). Then I was going to find the bike I "really wanted" and fix it up with the enormous profits. Of course, things don't always go as planned. Over the course of a year I developed an affinity for this ole gal and found that this is the bike I want. I will probably get others, and may just keep them all, but for now I want to ride and enjoy this one.
Things change. And sometimes, things change us.
I have been scouring auction sites, classified ads and Craigslist for about 6 weeks. Last Thursday I came across this '81 GL1100, 38,000 miles, maroon, with a white Windjammer fairing and a KB trunk box. The bike's located 3 hours north of me and Bob, the owner, called me back Friday afternoon. I learned that it has not been ridden since some time in '00 and has been sitting on it's centerstand as his untouched project since then. Plus, he really needs to get it out of the garage and wants to put $400 in his pocket. The son-in-law and I jumped in the Pioneer this morning and the bike is now sitting on my back porch. It came with an attached Windjammer fairing, Haynes manual, 7 Honda oil filters, new brake pads, new replacement windshield and 4 carburetor needle/jet kit thingies (ad said carb kits).
Also has tons of dirt, some rust and a little gas in the tank, varnish stains from gas that used to be in the tank, leaky front brakes, bad fork seals ... you know, the usual. The good thing about it is that nobody has taken things apart or rounded off any bolts. The chrome, plastic, seat and paint finishes are in very nice shape. And the pipes are original and not rusted through. The seat has one hole that I will patch and then I'll refresh the padding. A spreadsheet is growing with a project that includes links to articles on NGW, Randakk and some other links I've found. That same sheet is also growing with a parts list and costs. What the hell have I gotten myself into? To help, I've posted this on 7/7/7 at 7:07 pm. Gonna need all the help I can get.
The to-do list is: timing belts, Randakk's master carb kit, front and rear brakes, clean gas tank, front and rear tires, wiring touch up, hoses and cosmetics. The white fairing will remain but will become maroon or black. The tail box and luggage rack will go away cuz it's ugly.
My Plan on this was to buy cheap and sell dear. The first part is done and if I can pull off the second part I can make enough money fixing this one up to buy another that will be done to my taste. Being a long-time gearhead and wrench driver, I've worked on a lot of different motors but never a Goldwing. Since I want a naked wing that will have my touches it makes sense to me to flip a bike or two so I can create what I want. This also allows me to learn how to work on these bikes and develop my "final".
At least, that's the plan.