Jump to content

Our Official NAGF Flags

are now available in the NAGF Online Store in TWO Sizes! Don't miss your chance of being one of the first to fly the new high visibility NAGF Flag!!!

 

Click Here To Go To the NAGF Online Store!!!

 

Snag_1ffcf50.png

NAGF Admin NAGF Admin
NAGF News Ticker
     
  • Happy 4th of July Everyone!!!
  • New Members are always welome!!!
  • NAGF
Sign in to follow this  
Hazmat

First bike of my life!

17 posts in this topic Last Reply

Recommended Posts

Hazmat

My first posting here and the first bike I have ever owned. Two weeks ago I bought a 1980 GL 1100 Goldwing. It looks a little rought now but I can't wait to fix everything up and hit the road. Any advice, tips, or suggestions would be most welcome. And thanks for the hospitality!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jim in Illinois

Welcome to the board! As with any new rider I always suggest taking the motorcycle safety course. You will learn alot and it is relatively cheap. As a matter of fact, in some states, you don't need to take the riding portion of the drivers exam if you have successfully completed a safety course. Other than that, don't be shy with the questions. Ask about anything you might not be sure on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mikef

Congrats on the new bike and welcome! :wave: Where you need to start, depends on the history of the bike. Not knowing, I would start; Change timing belts Flush brake and clutch lines a replace with new fluid Flush rear drive and replace gear oil Oil and filter change Fuel filter change Spark plugs Treat the fuel system with Seafoam to clean The list goes on, but I think you will find that out, once you start driving and checking out on your own. If you can, ask the PO what was done and when. Good luck......

 

 

 

Silly me. Your first bike. By all means start with the safety course.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hazmat

I have a course scheduled so that step one under control. Also have a brother in law who has ridden his whole adult life who should be helpful. (Sister picked a good one there!)

 

As for the bike, I have already taken everything off to get to engine, and am waiting for my new plugs, T-belts, filters, etc to arrive. The brake calipers look almost new, except the pads (also ordered already). Any advice on whether i should trust the brake fluid? It looks and smells fine and the lines look about same age as calipers. I have no way of knowing the PO, i got it off a junk yard owner who was storing it for saomeone who never picked it up (i think the county jail was involved) Anyway, his loss, I got it for a steal, and the motor seems to run well so far. (not ridden it yet though)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mikef

The fluid may be clear, but it could also contain moisture. That stuff sucks up water. I have a small MiniVac from Autozone that makes quick work of draining and refilling, plus bleeding at the same time. Fluid is cheap and it could prevent rust and crud from building up. IMHO, of course.....:yes:

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hazmat

you're right of course, better safe than sorry. Thanks again

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cactus_Jack

Welcome to the forum :wave:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Devans

Welcome to the forum [user=822]Hazmat[/user] :wave::wave:

 

Congrats on the goldwing :clap:

 

I have to agree with the safety course.... :yes:

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Devans

would this be the pump you speak of...

 

5

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cactus_Jack

look for the brand name mighty vac it has an addition reservoir

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mikef

Sorry MityVac

 

Click Here

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
devansgirl
Welcome to the forum [user=822]Hazmat[/user]

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mr. Fix it

Welcome aboard! Make sure you get your Motorcycle Safety Course's under your belt!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mikef

Here is a real good link, one of many that deals with the changing of belts for the 1000/1100.

 

CLICK HERE

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lucky_x16

Welcome to the forum!

Congrats on the bike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wvboy

Welcome to the forum :wave:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vegaswingnut

Hi Hazmat, sorry for the late welcome....Congrats on your new ride!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use,