Well, I finally bit the bullet, and bought a motorcycle. After years of "thinking about it", it finally happened.
I've been in this guy's shop 100 times and seen this dusty/crusty old thing in the corner and always wanted to ask if it was for sale...
Well, today I finally did
break down and ask. He said, "yeah, we're about to move the shop next month, and I don't want to haul it across town, so make me an offer". After offering an amount so shockingly low that I thought it would get me punched in the face, he said yes. So I loaded it up and took it home.
He said he wasn't sure if it would run or not since how it sat was exactly how he bought it, dusty and unused. Upside of that is that it only has 36k miles, which is fairly low for a Goldwing. All the others I saw for sale were in the 50-60k range, which hopefully means I still have another 30k miles to go on this engine...
For giggles, I went ahead and replaced the battery (figured I needed to anyway), drained the old gas out and put fresh gas in. It fired up within the first 3-4 seconds of cranking, and settled into a butter smooth idle. Score.
All the lights work, the brakes work good, and it rides like a brand new bike. Well, like a brand new 35-year-old bike, anyway.
After a really good scrubbing:
And what I want it to look like within the next month or two:
When I fired it up it sounded REALLY mean, kinda like a Harley with a proper crankshaft design. And when I looked underneath I could see why. There's holes in the bottom of the mufflers.
I swung back by the shop where I got it and spoke with the guy I bought it from (he's a huge Goldwing collector) and he said, "yeah, you can't get those mufflers any more. They quit making them, but here, take this box". When I open the big heavy box I see there's a complete NOS Honda exhaust in it, from cylinder head to chrome tip. Score again.
More pics here:http://www.510garage.com/photos/thumbna ... ?album=320
In case you don't know your old Hondas, it's a '77 Goldwing GL1000. Very sophisticated bike for it's day, and a heck of a fun ride. I look forward to many fun miles on it...
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