1980 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


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1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Aug 14, 2013 | 166 views


MAKE SURE YOUR THROTTLE CABLE IS NOT TOO TIGHT FIRST.
IF THATS NOT THE PROB, THERE ARE IDLE ADJ SCREWS ON THE CARB TURN COUNTER CLOCKWISE TILL ITS WHERE YA WANT IT

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jan 15, 2013 | 97 views


  1. Origins
    • The Gold Wing Interstate can trace its roots to 1972 when Honda conceived a grand touring motorcycle based on the five- and six-cylinder racing superbikes of the 1960s. The new bikes dubbed the Gold Wing would feature a liquid-cooled four- or six-cylinder engine. In 1975, the Gold Wing GL1000 debuted with a boxer 999 cc four-cylinder engine. A year later, Honda launched the GL1000 Limited Edition, equipped with a chrome radiator, quilt-patterned seat and gold wheels.
    GL1100 Interstate
    • Following much clamoring from Honda enthusiasts, Honda launched the dressed GL1100 Gold Wing Interstate in 1980. It was the top trim level at the time, vs the Standard. Honda more or less copied the aftermarket bolt-on accessories available in motorcycles parts shops. In fact, the fairing, which is the windscreen and fiberglass protection mounted at the front of the bike to protect the rider, was not even a Honda option until the Interstate arrived. Honda now considered the Gold Wing GL1100 a true tourer with its Interstate model. However, many owners were never truly satisfied with the design as Honda focused more on performance than bodywork styling. In 1984, Honda dropped the Standard (unfaired) model altogether, and introduced the GL1200, with a 94-horsepower four-cylinder boxer engine. The GL1200 ceased production in 1987.
    GL1500 Interstate
    • Honda began tinkering with the idea of a larger Gold Wing tourer in 1984 and tested 15 different types of bikes to come with six-cylinder engine displacing 1500 cc. The result was the GL1500 that arrived in 1988. The engine was the boxer six-cylinder engine displacing 1520 cc. However, by 1984, Honda had dropped the Standard and the Interstate was Honda's base trim model under Aspencade and later, the LTD and SE trims. The Interstate's luxury accents disappeared, as Honda did not equip the 1991 models with cruise control or an onboard air suspension compressor. The stereo system was a low-end basic model and the bike did not have a reverse gear like other Honda models. Honda ceased production of the Interstate in 1996.
    GL1500 Interstate Specs
    • The Honda Gold Wing GL1500 Interstate featured a liquid-cooled four-stroke boxer six-cylinder engine with a 2.8-inch bore and 2.5-inch stroke. It had four valves per cylinder and developed 100 horsepower and 110 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed shaft-driven transmission matched the engine. It rode on an 18-inch front tire and a 16-inch tire in the rear. Stopping power came from dual 11.6-inch front disc brakes with two-piston calipers and a single 12.4-inch rear disc brake with two-piston calipers. The tourer's seat only stood 30.1 inches tall and the frame sat on a 66.5-inch wheelbase. Its dry weight was a hefty 772 lbs. The fuel tank held 6.1 gallons.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jan 14, 2013 | 210 views


Is there a problem with the temperature sensor?

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Nov 26, 2011 | 56 views


The number is on top of the engine. Go to the right side of the motorcycle and look above and behind the right cylinder head. The number is in a square block toward the middle/top of the block directly up from your right foot/fuel pump.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Sep 27, 2011 | 133 views


Oil capacity is 3.7 U.S. quarts

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jul 18, 2011 | 337 views


your brake caliper has seized,needs to be removed and serviced.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Mar 23, 2011 | 55 views


The repair manual will list an air gap for the pulser, but just make sure it has clearance when the crank plate comes around

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Dec 18, 2010 | 125 views


under gas tank .. you have to remove tank

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Nov 01, 2010 | 130 views


Take off seat, take off bar that was under seat,take off rear wheel, take off rear fender,drain tank, take off fuel petcock, you may have to get a shock or two out of the way, At any rate you should now get the big picture . The tank comes straight out the back of the motorcycle through the rear wheel area.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Oct 02, 2010 | 276 views


Take off seat, take off bar that was under seat,take off rear wheel, take off rear fender,drain tank, take off fuel petcock, you may have to get a shock or two out of the way, At any rate you should now get the big picture . The tank comes straight out the back of the motorcycle through the rear wheel area.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Oct 02, 2010 | 151 views


Recheck the wires. If you do not plug everything into the right spots it will not work. Possibly one of the plug holes is mismarked. You may have to located the original instructions to get it hooked up correctly.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010 | 88 views


look at the rear sadle bags with the lids off you should see a small half round cutout the seat bolt is straight in from there

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jun 09, 2010 | 136 views


remove the fake tank, its on the left.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on May 03, 2010 | 89 views


Check the free play on the clutch lever--it should be about 1/2 ". The clutch does not appear to be releasing fully. Good luck!

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Apr 14, 2010 | 449 views


If any of the spark plugs are fouling out there has to be a carb problem. Are they black when you pull them? Are all of them fouled or just a couple?
If any of them are fouled then you are needing to clean and adjust the carbs.

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Oct 29, 2009 | 339 views


under the adjustment knob(remove the knob with an allen wrench,) then remove the 3/4 nut, and slide the headlight assby out and wahlah!!!!

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Oct 27, 2009 | 130 views


its the flought level [too low]
Cheers Rob

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Aug 16, 2009 | 68 views


plugs/coils/leads breaking down, are you getting a spark and are the plugs wet ? could also be kinked petrol pipe or blocked petrol filter, maybe blocked jets in your carb

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jul 10, 2009 | 154 views


you willneed to remove the handlebars ,then you will need to remove the top plate of the steering head(you should see the top of the fork legs here)undo the clamps around the fork legs,undo the top nut of the steering head bearing,then carefully remove the top plate of the steering head,the ignition switch is centrally mounted but screwed in from the back,i normally place a fairly heavy piece of material over the painted tank surfaces to protect them as it is very easy to damage them even if you are being carefull..hope this helps,job sounds complicated but is actually very easy,should be able to do it in less than an hour,,,cheers

1980 Honda GL... | Answered on Jul 04, 2009 | 113 views

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