Today I bought a new project bike. I recently sold off my 59 Chevy truck, and I needed something new to start tinkering with. I'm hoping it doesn't become a huge money pit!
I met the seller yesterday, he lives about 20 min north of Justintyme in Ft Collins, CO. He let me take the bike for a test ride while I was there, the poor trusting soul. Justin helped me bring it home today, and it didn't crash on me or burst into a ball of flames during the 60 mile ride home, so it could be worse...It is an '81 GL-1100 Goldwing (or Oldwing, as I think of it.) I paid a whopping $750 bucks for it.
The bike runs, and it rides out ok...but it is NOT without issues. I'm hoping to have the problems sorted by spring time, and to have made big progress on the style that I'm aiming for. Some of you may recall that I've been interested in turning an old Goldwing into a cafe bike for awhile.
The front brakes need work, probably a rebuild on the calipers, and a new master cylinder while I'm at it...Braided lines would not be outside the realm of possibility a little bit down the path, but I need to budget myself a bit, and I want to get it roadworthy as soon as possible. The carbs need rebuilding and synching, too. It runs, but it could run MUCH better...Those two issues are the big ones, followed by flaking paint all over and a bunch of surface rust, and then everything else. I think I may end up buying a powder coating set-up to accomplish my goals...If so, I would be willing to do up some parts for other folks too, to help offset my funding.
I'm finding myself torn...I know I should totally strip it down and start fresh, from the ground up...But I really need some instant gratification here, too. I had a very tough time resisting the urge to rush out and start buying cans of spray paint to see how my ideas will look. I may not prove to be so strong tomorrow... In the morning, this thing is going to start shedding chrome bits and other parts like the autumn leaves. It wants to be NAKED! It wants to become unshackled from it's previous life! I can hear it cryng out for help!
The awful Vetter fairing, and barfulous chrome engine cover plates will be the first to go!
Anyway, here are some pics of how it looks now.
I hope you guys will have a sprinkling of genuine thoughts & advice to share among the usual flood of sarcasm and foolishness! :lmao:
Wish me luck!