I have owned a 1983 Honda Goldwing that I bought from my pops. I bought the GW in 03'. My dad bought it from this gentleman in Texas that decided he would saw off the center stand because he thought it was aesthetically more pleasing. That was not the only unique feature of this bike... This 83' GW also utilized only one specialized holly carb. The carb worked fine for a couple of months then it was just too inconsistent to handle after that.
My first motorcycle that I owned was a 1971 honda cb450. Looked amazing but had pretty serious carb issues etc.
I have owned a couple of Vespa scooters(old) and enjoyed them. I
have even recently owned and the sold a 96' hond helix.
I am currently motorized vehicless and am pretty seriously thinking about buying a running(supposedly) 75' Goldwing. Supposedly it needs the carbs. cleaned, battery replaced, starter replaced, wheels replaced before too long and everything else cleaned and probably a fair amount of gaskets need to be changed.
I will be sending the GW owner an email concerning how long the thing sat up and if it had all the fluids in it(among other things).
Any sage advice concerning this 75' GW purchase is sincerely appreciated.
Again I appreciate this forum and am eager to get schooled by the
If this is a hobby then you can do this at your leisure. If this is project to make it road worthy in a short time then it needs to be budgeted in with the price of the bike. Either way, do it all and you will have an enjoyable, dependable ride.
if it rubber or if it's liquid, change it.
I would add that all up before the purchase to see what how much you will have in it when this is done. that plus purchase price will give you a picture of the bike and help you decide if it's worth it. It might also give you some leverage if you need the seller to come down a bit.
Timing belts are a biggie for most here. You can't look at one to know if it is good or bad. Your engine is almost instantly destroyed if these fail so best to spend the extra 50 or 60 bucks on those.
Squirting spray won't fix a bike that has sat for years, plan on replacing vacuum lines and a carb rebuild
good luck and take before and after pix, we want to see your progress
Supposedly the bike hadn't sat for years. The owner says that the bike currently starts but needs some time to kick over. Once the engine is running the owner says it is quite reliable. The owner also
states that the shifting is fine. No mention of leaks.
The main issues, the owner states, with this bike is that it needs a new starter(included), new battery, new tires and the carbs cleaned/tuned.
Of course this still mean that all of the gaskets will need to be changed and all of the fluids drained and replaced. Timing belt and vacuum lines replaced.
If all of this info. is correct then rehab. might be a pleasant, not SO long term hobby this summer.
Any advice from you wise GW folks out there still very much appreciated.
Hello and welcome to the forum.
If the bike sat for a long time may I suggest changing all the fluids, timing belts, fuel filter, good carb cleaning and syncing. A good service manual is a plus, get yourself the Honda Factory Service Manual or a Clymer. If you plan to go through the carbs may I suggest a kit from Randakks www.randakks.com the Goldwing Carb Specialist. Invest in a carb sync tool, it's a big help in getting all four to work together.
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