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just purchased 1986 interstate , 11000 original miles bike has been in storage a long time immaculately cared for, show room condition, what should i have done prior to riding??? have been told change timing belt and have all fluids changed?????? tires seats and all no cracks armor alled once a month while bike was stored? only issue I can find is radio lights up but doesnt play, it finds stations and lights up stereo but no sound??????? any advice will be appreciated??? thanks dave
 

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Not sure if it has a timing belt or chain. But for sure, change the fluids. The stereo may be something as simple as a speaker wire has come loose.
 

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Change all fluids and tires and timing belts, carbs will probably need rebuilding, check and see if the radio is on OUTSIDE speakers, if it is on INSIDE than you will have to have a head set hooked up to hear it.
 

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It may sound silly, but make sure the radio isn't set for the headsets and the mute button isn't activated.
 

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Rip all of that plastic crap off of it and make it a naked GL. like it should be.

Come on, you are more concerned about a radio than how it rides ?! Maybe you should not be on a bike. Ride one of those mp3 players first, PLEASE.
 

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Rip all of that plastic crap off of it and make it a naked GL. like it should be.

Come on, you are more concerned about a radio than how it rides ?! Maybe you should not be on a bike. Ride one of those mp3 players first, PLEASE.
??? Hope this was meant to be funny..:confused:
 

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Our bikes are known for the stator connection problem. Check the three yellow wires coming up from the stator, they are located just to the right of the battery. If the OEM brass connectors are still there you will want to replace them by cutting them out and then making a direct solder connection (should check the stator output while you are at it). This will eliminate the possibility of a cooked connector and the associated shorting of the stator windings.

The timing belts definitely should be changed out, cheap insurance against bent valves if one belt happens to break.

If the bike had gas in the tank during storage you will want to inspect the inside of the fuel tank for rust, and the carbs will need to be removed and cleaned out.

Also a good idea to check things out under the false tank, make sure that mice did not make a nest in the air cleaner or chew up any wires.

Other then that, by '86 they had worked out a lot of the bugs on the 1200, so you should be in for some great riding. There is a forum dedicated just for the 1200 model, http://www.gl1200goldwings.com/

Good luck and congratulations!
 
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