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Dracon

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Greetings! I’m from Nashville and picked up a 1978 GL1000 about 3 weeks ago. Previous owner had health problems and it sat for several years in a shed. I’ve rebuilt several old Honda’s, but this boxer will be a first fine me (other than a Subaru WRX). Look forward to learning and getting this old girl back on the road.
 

pidjones

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Greetings from Clinton. You'll do fine. Carbs will need gone through, and always replace the belts. Check the tire age as this is a 600+ lb bike and much harder on them. These bikes are a ball to ride!
 

Dracon

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Thanks guys!

Funny tidbit on how I got it - guys wife put the ad up for him and since the Vetter faring said Vindicator on it, it was simply listed as a “Vindicator Silver Wing” - no year or any other info. It had 3 really bad pictures that didn’t show the seat or airbox covers on it so you really couldn’t tell what the heck it was. I zoomed in and thought I could make out Honda on the side of the engine and from there found similar pics and realized it was a GL1000. Came with 2 ramps, a motorcycle lift, extra bank of carbs, and a full extra wiring harness/regulator for $125. Needs a new exhaust and a bit of love, but for 125, I’ll take it any day!
 

saganaga

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Welcome! Sounds like you got a great deal.

I picked up a "sat for several years" GL1100 with some really crummy carbs (wouldn't fire on any cylinder), and found that the only difficulty is to verify all the fuel/air passages are clear. A source of compressed air is helpful.
 
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