getting goldwing back on road

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by dc, Oct 6, 2003.

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    dc Guest

    My 76 goldwing has been in the garage and has not been run for about
    10 years. Could anyone give me an idea about what I probably will have
    to do to get it operational?
    I.E. timing belt, carbs, seals and such.
    Thanks in advance for any info.
    dc, Oct 6, 2003
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    rhino Guest

    spray a little either into each carb and
    Never use EITHER in a gas engine, It creates pressures in the combustion
    chamber high enough to cause the head bolts/ studs to be pulled out of the
    You are much better using fresh gasoline with some 2 cycle oil mixed in a
    squirt bottle.
    rhino, Oct 7, 2003
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    bob prohaska Guest

    If it turns over it's probably worth trying to start. If it starts it's
    probably worth seeing if it's rideable at all. If it's rideable then I'd
    think about what should be fixed.

    I would not spend much money until the bike is confirmed rideable. '76
    is an old machine, ten years' non-op didn't do it any favors. The project
    is best taken very slowly, with a "What could possibly go wrong?" approach.
    The list of things which _should_ be done is very long. The list of things
    that _need_ to be done is best discovered by experiment.

    Too easy to do a lot of preparatory work and _then_ discover a problem that
    is uneconomical to fix. Unless of course the bike has sentimental value.

    bob prohaska, Oct 7, 2003
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    James Clark Guest

    Never use either what?
    James Clark, Oct 7, 2003

  5. About old wings.
    This is a case of loving the bike making the effort worthwhile.
    If you love old goldwings it can definitely be worth getting in riding
    I have two 78s that I love.. But I am insane.

    Do not expect the performance of an ST or other modern bike, but for the
    effort they can be a lot of fun,

    Things you will have to do: (Or at least I would do no matter what.)

    1. Clean and probably rebuild the carbs.
    2. Clean and flush the tank.
    3. Replace all filters and fluids. (Oil, coolant, lube)
    4. New Plugs and points.
    5. Or as I did replace points with aftermarket electronic ignition.
    6. New fork seals.
    7. New timing belt.
    8. New battery.


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    bob prohaska Guest

    Understood perfectly. I have a '72 International Scout.
    What about tires (and hoses? 1976 was a long time ago) :cool:

    I agree with your list, but it would be sorely dissapointing to
    do all those things and then discover the engine is seized or has
    no compression, both of which can be tested first very easily.

    bob prohaska, Oct 9, 2003
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    bob prohaska Guest

    I'll admit thou art a greater optimist than I


    bob prohaska, Oct 10, 2003
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