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  • Rockstar Restorations.

    I found a great deal on a bike, I couldn’t refuse. $300 79,000 miles.
    This will be my 6th Goldwing.

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    I have owned two other Injected GL1200’s
    1985 LTD.
    1986 SEI.(Currently own it too)

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    So finding another SEI, for me was a sweet deal. (I enjoy restorations)

    For a 33 year old bike, the paint is in better shape than my other SEI. (Virgin plastic-no holes drilled for chrome crap-lol)
    The only flaw is the chipped paint on the right side of the front fender. (I’ll blend it new paint from colorrite)

    What impressed me was the Decal pin striping was in mint condition, unheard of on a 33 year old bike.
    I washed the bike, and amazingly. The paint and decal color both shine. Without applying any wax!.

    The bike sat outside since 2016.(Under a carport-bike cover)
    The previous owner said he came home one day, and he hit the kill switch.(Which he never did before)
    He tried looking at a few things and just gave up. (Said he had back issues-I understand that!)
    He thought the “No Start” was a kill switch issue? (it was not)

    So I come along and see the potential of this really unique Injected Goldwing.

    I happen to have a inventory of new parts that I have acquired for my SEI, and will use them on this new addition.

    I got the bike running. Turned out to be a “Bad Fuel Pump”.
    It’s the same fuel pump as the (1985 Prelude). I know what fits this bike, because I already have one!.
    The bike sounds better than my other SEI with 49,000 on the clock.


    Before I go through the belts/brake caliper/master cyl’s rebuild(s)

    I took off the pass arm rests and what I felt was a hideous seat.(not a fan of diamond pleats)
    I put on a 1987 Aspy seat that I had in inventory.

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    I had to get the crud off the front wheel.
    400/600 Awesome Cleaner (like 409)
    Tires will be replaced (DOT expired long ago)

    Restoring the first part gets my juices flowing.

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    After the clean up.

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    Rear wheel's turn for a clean up.

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    Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
    "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
    Current bikes.
    1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
    1986 GL1200 SEi
    2004 GL1800


  • #2
    looks like a great starting point. $300 is cheap hobby money.

    The GW old GWers wish Honda would make.

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    • #3
      Wow! These were such great bikes, wonder why Honda dropped the fuel injection until the 1800?

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      • #4
        Good looking bike Rocky. Congrats on the find.

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        • #5
          Looks good Rocky, we gonna see this in DV next year? You gonna darkside it?
          DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
          2010 Level3 Endeavor Reverse Trike

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          • #6
            I'd say good luck with the restoration, but I figure luck will have no part in it. Enjoy!!
            2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
            USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
            US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
            2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
            2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

            50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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            • #7
              Great find, wish I had time to play with stuff like that. I all ready have several (CB 1100F, SRX 250,
              XL 650V, VF 500F, TL 250, TL125) sitting in the garage but no time (or money) right now to make them ride able again. Maybe one day.

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              • #8
                The Restoration has begun. Inventorying on hand parts, and sourcing new parts I'll want replaced.(Can't be salvaged to my liking)

                Friend have kidded me about my stash of parts, saying I could build another bike just from my stash.

                "A man can never have enough parts for his collection"


                Restoration tips.

                Evapo-Rust Does work. (Soak n rinse)

                Quick Glo. Leaves a protective film on real chrome. (Says it lasts for 1 yr)


                These are Spark plug covers (Metal Chromed)

                Before n after Evapo-Rust. (first dip)

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                I only bought a QT of evapo-rust dip to see if it really worked?
                After seeing the above results, I bought a gallon ($26)

                To submerge the parts for a thorough cleaning.

                Once the rust was removed.
                I clear coated the backs.
                Silver Hi Heat ceramic eng paint was used to double protect the backs from further corrosion.


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                Clear coated Fuel pump cover

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                Ceramic Silver.

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                I deemed the Engine guards un-usable.

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                The pair I had in inventory cleaned up rather nicely (The Quick Glo worked its magic)

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                ************************************************** *******
                Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                Current bikes.
                1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                1986 GL1200 SEi
                2004 GL1800

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                • #9
                  Been busy cleaning up a few parts.

                  Manifolds before & after. (Clear coated for protection)

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                  Injection cover & Pulse gen covers,
                  Polished and clear coated.

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                  Have these all cleaned up so far.

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                  1st order of new Bolts to go with the cleaned up parts.

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                  ************************************************** *******
                  Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                  "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                  Current bikes.
                  1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                  1986 GL1200 SEi
                  2004 GL1800

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                  • #10
                    Evapo Rust.

                    I mentioned the product earlier.

                    I've watched a few youtube videos examining different products.
                    If I listened to them,I wouldn't of tried it.
                    But being a rebel,I did try it.

                    Here is a good shot of what the product does,




                    if you let the product do its job for 24 hrs.

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                    Once I have the rust removed.
                    I Clear coat the part,and then apply Ceramic Heat paint.
                    to seal it from further corrosion.

                    I figure if it took 33 years to do just that amount of build up on unprotected metal.
                    Adding some ceramic paint protection,
                    should last until I'm gone.
                    ************************************************** *******
                    Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                    "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                    Current bikes.
                    1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                    1986 GL1200 SEi
                    2004 GL1800

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                    • #11
                      Some will remember this near and dear to my heart project.

                      The 1981 CB90C 10 Speed Tribute Bike

                      Back Story.
                      It is a 1981 CB900C 10 Speed.
                      Its Original owner was my Late Brother.

                      In 82 Honda replaced the engine (They replaced whole engines back then)
                      With a 82 engine (They were Black) 81's were Silver.

                      I got the opportunity to buy the bike from my Sil's Brother. (Who bought the bike after my brother passed in 87)

                      I had the bike shipped out to CA from NH in 05.

                      It wouldn't be until 2010 that I "got to it"

                      Here is what the bike looked like (in the pictures sent to me)

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                      Sadly it had sat outside neglected for many years before I bought it.

                      As a Tribute to my Brother. I gave it the "Rockstar Restorations" treatment.

                      I documented Every piece as a before & after.

                      I'll just post a few B&F's here.

                      The Engine.

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                      Back to 1981 Engine Color.

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                      This was a Ground up Restoration.(Rocky don't do short cuts)

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                      Piece by piece, each piece was restored to 1981 Spec's.

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                      After two months. It was Back in shape.

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                      At the time. I wanted to Ride this special bike. So I stopped at the OEM Paint job.

                      While currently Restoring my SEI, my juices are flowing to get the two tone Paint done on the Tribute Bike..


                      The SEi will look as good as it did in 1986.





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                      Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                      "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                      Current bikes.
                      1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                      1986 GL1200 SEi
                      2004 GL1800

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                      • Drgsin
                        Drgsin commented
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                        damn. i dont even like old bikes but that thing is amazing. its like it rolled off the showroom floor

                    • #12
                      Sweet!!
                      2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
                      USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                      US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                      2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                      2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                      50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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                      • #13
                        Wow! Unbelievable, great job Rocky. Can’t wait to see the SEI when you’re finished!

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                        • Rocky
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                          I'm taking my time gathering & cleaning up parts.

                          I'm only taking the bike apart once,and put it back together once. (That's the plan anyways-lol)

                          Just had the new Pirelli's mounted with bolt on stems. (Love new rubber)

                      • #14
                        Nicely done, as usual.


                        At the last couple of Iron Butt Rallies, a rider has showed off his skills in much the same way. In this year's IBR, he had a CX 650 entered, and did quite well.

                        https://cx500forum.com/forum/general...0-running.html

                        I believe he's done all the fab work on them. Not exactly stock, but there's not been many 100% stock bikes there for a couple of rides now.

                        In IBR2017, he did a similar reconfiguration of a GL1100.
                        Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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                        • Rocky
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                          That is what we call a real nice "resto-mod".

                      • #15


                        I decided that heat paint wasn't going to be good enough long term.
                        So I chose to have the header Pipes "Thermal Ceramic Coated". (Looks like Chrome after its Tumbled)

                        The headers were Chrome from the factory.. (but they rust)
                        I wanted something better than chrome, to lower the heat & seal the pipes long term.

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                        All the OEM bolts/screws/clamps were replaced.

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                        This is a whole exhaust system. (from spare parts inventory)
                        The one on the bike wasn't salvageable to my standards.





                        ************************************************** *******
                        Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                        "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                        Current bikes.
                        1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                        1986 GL1200 SEi
                        2004 GL1800

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                        • #16
                          A few more cleaned up parts completed. The list if getting smaller.

                          Fork Shield & Brake hose holder (near Ign)


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                          Air shocks Rebuilt with Progressive spring kit,Seals.mounting bushings.
                          out of this Donor pile.

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                          I found a good set of Helmet locks after seeing the ones on the bike weren't up to par.

                          I changed the lock tumblers on the donor set. so I'd be able to use the same OEM Bike key. (locksmith at large)

                          They are now mounted on the donor trunk frame.

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                          Knowing how parts under the bike get sandblasted. I decided against Powder coating or Chrome for the Center stand..

                          I use truck bed liner (Gets real hard when cured.) I can easily retouch it up when needed.

                          The center stand parts after.

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                          The passenger boards needed a good cleaning to bring back to life.

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                          I found a intake noise. When I ran the bike one last time before I started renewing the bike itself.
                          I could hear the noise with my Stethoscope, but couldn't see it?

                          Having a spare intake directed me to where the noise was coming for on the project bike.

                          So off came the Intake.

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                          I found rotted hose bibs on both Reed valves.
                          That 1" section of hose was vulcanized the the reed valve.
                          I-Cut-Clean up Both Reed valves.
                          Cement on a new hoses (Let cure overnight)

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                          Good time to renew the intake while it was in my hands.


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                          Cleaned up the engine while I was in the area.

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                          ************************************************** *******
                          Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                          "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                          Current bikes.
                          1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                          1986 GL1200 SEi
                          2004 GL1800

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                          • Drgsin
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                            thats amazing...what are you using on these (footboards)? or is it proprietary?

                          • kwthom
                            kwthom commented
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                            See post #8 where he'd mentioned a couple of products he's been using.

                          • Rocky
                            Rocky commented
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                            Drgsin. I used a bench grinder mounted buffing wheel after I wet sanded out the Stains.
                            I then finished the hard to reach sections with Mothers aluminum polish.

                            I'm going to clear powder coat the boards before mounting on the bike.

                        • #17
                          Time to get busy on the rear of the bike.

                          Saddlebag Chrome trim,wasn't chrome no more.
                          Got rid of some dead weight, by removing the trailer hitch.

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                          A Couple Before N After pictures.

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                          ************************************************** *******
                          Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                          "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                          Current bikes.
                          1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                          1986 GL1200 SEi
                          2004 GL1800

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