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    ANOTHER project for me: GL1200 Resto

    Didn't realize our very own KennyD was a winger until this morning.. Came across his presence elsewhere on the web and thought I would put this up to give him something to look through.

    I got my motorcycle license roughly 20 years ago when I picked up a used Kawasaki EX-500 (1989). Rode that bike for a handful of years and sold it when I lost having a place to store it after getting married (moved into a condo with no garage). This spring, I decided that I was going to own a bike again, and picked up a 2000 Honda VFR 800 that is in nice shape. Mileage is decent, few marks in the plastics, but it all works and runs strong.

    VFR Photos | Photobucket

    That didn't go over well with the wife in terms of being a passenger because of the postage stamp of a rear seat. So, we talked about how we could make it so she could go too. The answer was to buy a full-on touring bike. I picked up this little rarity for cheap money needing a lot of maintenance and some repairs.

    Goldwing Photos | Photobucket

    It's a 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade SE-i. In 1985, Honda introduced the LTD model. Fuel injected, all the bells and whistles, higher price tag, and few buyers. Plus, the brown color didn't really spark a lot of interest. The next year, they basically re-released the bike as the "Special Edition - injected" model, dropped the price back down a bit, and still didn't sell many. At that point, Honda was done with fuel injection on the Goldwings until the current generation (GL1800, starting in 2001).

    This bike is very complete. From what I can tell, the only piece that I don't have is the correct cover for the CB radio. I have a cover, but it's black and not brown and the key doesn't match the rest of the bike. Otherwise, it seems all there. The mats for the bottoms of the cases and the carry bags are in place, the cover is there with a stuff bag, owner's manual, two keys, original in-dash stereo, CB radio, and everything else that I'm aware that should be there.

    It seems that the fuel pump has been replaced because it doesn't appear to fit perfectly in the mounting bracket AND it was wired wrong (someone tapped constant power so it runs all of the time instead of keeping it connected to the computer so that it runs for three seconds when powered on then shuts down until the bike cranks). I've since corrected this.

    I've also found a couple of other random wire taps that I've been removing if warranted. The stator may have been replaced, but it definitely appears that the stator wiring repair kit has been installed. Unfortunately, that wiring is failing and I have to repair it the right way (hard-soldered joints) to ensure that I don't roast the stator or anything else as a result.

    I will be tearing into it to replace the timing belts and thermostat, new coolant, new fuel and air filters, oil and filter change, and will eventually do a fork service on it. I've already put new tires on it and polished up the chrome exhaust (it was pretty rusty, but some water and crumpled up aluminum foil fixed that in short order - watch the view in the library I linked to above).

    The before pic is here: Rusty Chrome / Before | Photobucket

    The after pic is here: Polished Chrome / After | Photobucket

    The video is here for those that don't want to go find it on their own: Chrome Polishing Video | Photobucket

    It has its share of faults... Not unexpected for a bike that's almost 30 years old. But, it's low miles (30k) and does run strong. The GL1200 Fuel Injected motor will run with the GL1500 bikes easily and will definitely outpace the carb'ed GL1200 bikes. So, I'm definitely looking to get everything squared away with the motor. Right now, the one repair that it needs is for the coolant temperature sensor to either be replaced (possibly faulty) or the wiring repaired. I'm not getting any temperature indication in the dash, and the problem is NOT with the LCD display. Plus, since it seems to be using a lot of fuel, I'm guessing that it's running rich because the temperature isn't being communicated to the computer so that the fuel mix can be adjusted.
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    Mark, congrats on the bike! I'm sure your wife will like that much better!
    Yes, I am on my second wing now, fourth or fifth bike overall in the 28ish years I've been riding.

    My first wing was a 1998 GL1500SE, here's me on the dragon a few years ago:
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    I'm now riding a 2005 GL1800 that I picked up in November of '12 with this many miles (yes, that's 1,767):
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    This is pretty much what it looks like today, except I have a different windshield now, and some LED's:
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    Most of the extra's where on it when I bought it, and it now has over 8,000 miles on it. I was just in Lake George in upstate New York the other week for Americade, and I'm planning another trip to MA or TN hopefully this fall.
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    I'll probably look into Americade next year. If you do head for MA, let me know. Could meet up and share some miles at minimum.

    I didn't want to spend a ton because I had -just- bought the VFR, helmet, coats, pants, boots, gloves, and stuff for maintenance / repairs. Picked this one up very reasonably priced knowing that I would need to put about $400 or so into it in various parts. If I can get replacement parts for the broken Tupperware, I'm considering doing a pretty full-on resto of it. Otherwise, I'll just clean it up nicely and ride it.

    Love the blue on the newer ones, but even the GL1500 adds complexities that this GL1200 just doesn't have. Plus, having the square headlight (previous gen was round), it looks pretty current.
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    Kenny:

    I have two questions:

    1. Is that a cupholder on the left handlebar?
    2. Does this machine require a co-pilot?

    As I wrote last week, my preference is to have at least four wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Kenny:

    I have two questions:

    1. Is that a cupholder on the left handlebar?
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    2. Does this machine require a co-pilot?
    No, I'm good at multitasking
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    The instrument panel looks like something from an airplane. Nice machine though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    The instrument panel looks like something from an airplane. Nice machine though.
    What's interesting, Don, is that my bike has pretty much the same cockpit... And it's 20 years OLDER!!! lol
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    Nice Boys! Always wanted one, actually two. Too late now.
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    I had a VFR back before the kids came along. Really fun bike! You post made me miss it a lot! I had the silver with black rims. Cant recall the year off hand??
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    Did it have the fuel injected VTEC motor? I'm thinking you had a sixth generation (2002+). Fifth generation is fuel injected, no VTEC - gear driven cams (gotta love the whine!). Fourth generation and older were 750cc and carb'ed.
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