Motorcycle Saddle Bag

April 27, 2009 12:55 AM | Alaskan Photo Tours

Motorcycle Saddle Bag
Honda GL1100 Interstate?

I have a 1981 GL100 Honda Goldwing Interstate…It has been sitting for several years under tarp. Engine is seized from water in crankcase. Complete motorcycle is there except for an AM/FM factory radio which I put in my 1982 Goldwing. Fairing is cracked, but, salvageable. Saddle bags, windshield intact. What would be a decent asking price for the 1981 AS IS.. or would I be better off “parting it out”…?

The engine is seized from water in the crankcase? By water, do you mean coolant? Did the engine lock up because of the coolant before you parked it? If so, the engine may very be not much more than a boat anchor. When engines seize because of antifreeze in the crankcase, they can be glued so tight you’ll never get it to turn again and I’m talking from experience. Or do you mean water as in condensation or rain water? That kind of deal can still be a real bear because of corroded bearings, anything ferrous rusted. Whether you have water in the crankcase or not, moisture in the form of humidity can enter through a carb and open intake valve or exhaust and open exhaust valve. That moisture has a way of making aluminum pistons corrode around the piston rings, swelling the tightly around the rings. To remove the pistons, you end up using a oak block and sledge hammer, assuming you can get the connecting rod disconnected from the crankshaft. I’ve done this also and on a CB 450, the rings were swelled to tightly that they split the part of the cylinder sleeve that extended below the cylinder block. By the time you get the piston driven out, it’s ruined and even if the top isn’t bashed in, you’ll never get the rings off because of the corrosion. Even if the engine weren’t locked up, if it’s set outside under the tarp, you can bet that at least one intake and one exhaust valve have been open and the valve seat is rusted and pitted.

What I’m saying is, you’re either going to have to part the bike out and figure many of the engine internals won’t be salvagable. To get it going before you sell it, you better figure on spending $500 bucks for a used engine because that will be cheaper than trying to repair the existing engine. You’ll spend approximately $100 on a gasket set alone and that doesn’t include any parts.

I’m a competent mechanic and have rebuilt-restored several full dressers before. Without knowing how bad the engine is and assuming the worst, a 29 year old bike with a busted fairing (I’ve repaired them before too) and missing radio is going to also need tires and most likely fork seals. Does it have rear air shocks? If so, the seals may be dried out and leaking on them too, making them useless. Since the radio is out, I wouldn’t be surprised if the mice have been inside the fairing chewing on the wires (been there, done that). With my past experience rebuilding bikes and knowing what I know, I’d be hard pressed to give you $300. If you can get $500, make sure it’s cash, sign the title quickly and let the buyer know that once you have the money and he has the title, it’s a done deal and there’s no going back. Just make sure the buyer isn’t a close friend or family member.

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