1981 Goldwing Going Naked

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1981 Goldwing Going Naked

Post #1 by TNTbefree » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:40 pm

Hello, I am new to NGW and I think I am in the right spot...

Two weeks ago I was looking for an old GW to work on. I came across one on craigslist that I had seen before. It was at a grand when it was first posted. Then a couple days later it was at $750.00 and then they came down to $500.00 so I had to go see it.

The wife and I went to take a look, and when they pulled this bike out into the light, I threw up a little bit in my mouth. It was the ugliest bike I have ever seen. It looks blue in the pics, but it is a bright purple with large flakes in it that glitter like a disco ball in the light.

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That's me in my work cloths. I know, I'm sexy, but this is about the bike.

Wanting to take a look at it, I asked the salesman if he had a key. When the sales rep went off to get the key, I asked my wife what she thought and she told me that it was ugly. I let her know that I could paint the ugly off of it, but overall, what did she think? She told me that I could have it if I could get it for $450.00.

So when the guy came out with the key, I asked him if he would take $450 for it and he said, "Sold"! The look of surprise on my wifes face was priceless.

I took a look in the tank and it was clean.

They said that they didn't know if it ran. The guy who traded it in said that it needed a starter and stater. So we pushed it up a hill, dropped it in gear, then shoved it down the hill to see if the engine would turn over. It popped and sputtered, so I assumed it was good.

We brought it home the next day on my trailer and I started ripping into it like a monkey on a cupcake.

First, I took off the bags and pipe extensions.
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After that, I bought a starter rebuild kit and broke into the starter, but the brush dug into the actuator, so it was toast. So I ordered a new starter online and fought it into the bike. Changed out the gas. Pushed the start button and she fired right up. I was thrilled beyond words.

After she ran for a bit, I turned her off and found an oil leak under the water pump. I then checked the oil and It may have had a quart of oil in it. OOPs! I got lucky. I know to check the oil before you start a old bike, but I didn't expect it to start and I had no idea how to check it. Come to find out, it has a dipstick in front of the radiator.

Right now I am in the process of replacing the water pump, painting, and bringing it to its naked beauty.
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Just so you know, this is my first bike (I'm 44 years old) and I will be taking the motorcycle class soon to learn how to ride it.

I hope to have fun with ya'll and to keep this rebuild/tear down updated, so stay tuned...
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Post #2 by ericheath » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:47 pm

Good start. Color looks better when clean...meh. I started riding again around your age. Take the class, find some open country for a while. The track record for 40 somethings jumping on a bike and surviving long without training is not good.
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Post #3 by sunnbobb » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:00 am

So excited for you! looks like it found a great home. Now first and foremost. Do not run it any longer until you have changed the belts. Looking forward to watching your progress.
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Post #4 by CYBORG » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:16 am

Welcome from west Michigan. What a good find for the money. When/if you have questions we are here for you.
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Post #5 by TNTbefree » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:55 am

Thanks for stopping buy guys. I am for sure going to take some classes. We have Adamac Harley here in Jax and they offer bike classes all the time. Costs about two hundred bucks.
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Post #6 by TNTbefree » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:55 am

The timing belts look good. New even. Can still see all the type and #'s on them clearly. I think the water pump in it was new too, but whoever did it, didn't clean out the mineral build up in the pump housing and the o-rings didn't seal up right. I may still change them. I have the covers off for cleaning.
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Re: 1981 Goldwing Going Naked

Post #7 by TNTbefree » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:55 am

Again, thanks for the warm welcome and advice. I do have a question though...

Right now it has Dunlop tires and they need to be replaced. I am not a fan of Dunlop, who makes a good, inexpensive tire and what is the best size, if I have a choice?
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Post #8 by TNTbefree » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:56 am

Found out that you only have to hit submit once for it to work. I posted one post 4 times and I could not delete the other three, so I broke up my message into three posts. I like talking to myself....

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Post #9 by wingrider » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:35 am

Welcome! Many will say it, so here it is....if you don't know when the belts were last changed, do it now....these engines are the type that valves hit pistons if belt breaks. Even though they look like new, change them....it is cheap insurance.

If someone did replace the water pump and didn't clean it up, that would tell me they didn't know what they were doing. Be sure the pump shaft doesn't wiggle, and you get the correct o-rings when you button it back up.

Good luck on your project! Can't help ya with tires...but someone will know.
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Post #10 by RAT » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:44 am

Welcome to the 'Wingdom.

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Post #11 by Sagebrush » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:16 am

I don't know what your riding style will be and you don't either at this stage, but many of us seem to be building a consensus toward Metzler tires. A little more expensive than other brands but they last longer. Works out about the same or a little better on a per mile basis as less expensive tires but you incur the shipping, disposal and mounting costs less often by getting a longer lasting tire. BTW you will be dissapointed in how long a motorcycle tire lasts vs automotive tires, take my word on it.

Belts often look good right up until they break. Change them!

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Re: 1981 Goldwing Going Naked

Post #12 by Roady » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:26 am

TNTbefree wrote:The belts look good. New even. Can still see all the type and #'s on them clearly...

I think I heard that somewhere before ...

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You should read the New2You? thread, link button found in my sig.

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Post #13 by TNTbefree » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:54 pm

Alright, you made your point, new belts it is. The reference about the last guy obviously not knowing what he was doing, hit home. The bike is apart now, so it would be a good time to do it and I will know that it was done right and when it was done. How often do they need to be replaced?

I'll look into those Metzlers. THNX

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Post #14 by Patriccio » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:15 pm

Welcome. All of us will probably agree: Buy the manuals, do the belts, check out Randakk's site, read all the forums, double check everything, there are no stupid questions, ask anything, use the right tools, buy the right tools, read motorcycle safety books, don't drink 'n drive, close cover before striking, member FDIC, etc.
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Re: 1981 Goldwing Going Naked

Post #15 by gltriker » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:54 pm

[quote="TNTbefree"]Alright, you made your point, new belts it is. The reference about the last guy obviously not knowing what he was doing, hit home. The bike is apart now, so it would be a good time to do it and I will know that it was done right and when it was done. How often do they need to be replaced?

which ever comes first; 5years/ 25,000 miles is the general rule of thumb tumb2

on a new to you bike, without 100% reliable documentation from the PO (previous owner), ......nah, change them anyway. As you've already acknowledged, "The Photo" shows the fate you could save yourself the miseries of. :(
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