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Author Topic: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000  (Read 28216 times)

Offline Rich Ard

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Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« on: Aug 07, 2013, 00:30:49 »
Brought it home tonight.



Top box, trailer hitch (!), sidecar electric hookup came off tonight. Decided to leave the rear rack on for the time being; hiding the wiring to the Bates bags will be something of an endeavor and I'll wait until I have an evening to do that. Much of the auxiliary wiring was done with wirenuts and splice connectors so I'll be going through that spaghetti - but aside from that, and painting the guards satin black, what you see above is how it's going to stay.

I am considering putting a cupholder on it so I can grab something on my way to work in the morning, which is my only complaint about riding a motorcycle to work. God help me.

Pluses:

- fast as hell
- room to carry a whole bunch of camping stuff or eight gallons of milk
- more comfortable than the sofa I'm sitting on right now, which is pretty comfortable
- nobody is going to steal it
- when idling, sounds kind of like a truck
- all major maintenance done with just shy of 45K miles on the clock, two owners, the last one owns a vintage motorcycle shop

Minuses:

- tach doesn't work and they're apparently made of precious metal
- I can't even bring myself to pretend that the hot college girls are going to look at me
- it took five minutes to turn it around in my driveway
unplug the connectors from the harness and multimeter the shit out of them

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #1 on: Aug 07, 2013, 06:31:14 »
check the tach cable first  also the tach drive can wear out on those

let em know if you need some parts i have a bad early gold wing habit
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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 2013, 07:01:53 »
5 minutes? A one legged / 180 burnout takes less than 30 seconds.

If you decide to lose those sidecovers for any reason, I know somebody that wants them.....

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #3 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:16:11 »
....I can't even bring myself to pretend that the hot college girls are going to look at me....

Just put a bigger HONDA badge on it. All the hipster chicks know that only Hondas are the real cafe racer deal. Doesn't matter what model....

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #4 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:25:55 »
I'm on board, sir.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #5 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:44:33 »
Tach cable most likely got pinched in the steering stop. Happens all the time with those things.
...every dump I take is original too, and it doesn't smell any better because of it's originality.

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #6 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:48:04 »
Will check the tach cable and cxman, I'll keep you in mind. If you happen to have one of the little sidecover fasteners around, right now I have zipties holding the right side cover on.

5 minutes? A one legged / 180 burnout takes less than 30 seconds.

If you decide to lose those sidecovers for any reason, I know somebody that wants them.....

I don't know that this beast is keen on burnouts, but I haven't tried!

Part of the process of purchasing this was having 'the talk' with the seller, kind of like if I were taking his firstborn out for an evening on the town. Part of the extraordinary purchase price was that he gets the first whack at purchasing it back if I decide to sell it, and that I won't cut it up. :)
« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2013, 08:50:06 by Rich Ard »
unplug the connectors from the harness and multimeter the shit out of them

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #7 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:51:05 »
I'm on board, sir.

I look forward to an eventual photo of our bikes together outside a nice coffeeshop. Let me know when you pick up your BMW jacket and we'll make it happen
unplug the connectors from the harness and multimeter the shit out of them

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #8 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:55:49 »
I look forward to an eventual photo of our bikes together outside a nice coffeeshop. Let me know when you pick up your BMW jacket and we'll make it happen
Make sure you boys go all matchy-matchy in your Triumph t-shirts.

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Re: Doing the 1/3 Ton - 1978 GL1000
« Reply #9 on: Aug 07, 2013, 08:56:31 »
Something about that sentence makes my skin crawl
unplug the connectors from the harness and multimeter the shit out of them

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