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Old February 18th, 2016   #1
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The YellowWing is just tires, they may be picked up tonight, away from it glorious return to active service.
It had been put into long term storage December 2014, I had been ordered off. It was put away correctly and this morning I found out quite properly as it fired right off and idles quite smoothly for gasoline that contains my secret "Herbs and Spices".
I went a bit farther with the storage procedures than normal and removed the calipers and popped the pistons out to thoroughly clean inside, pistons for these things are unobtainable and have been known for rust pit. Spotlessly clean with new seal, fresh fluid, bleed and fill they went back on.
Last night it was uncovered and dusted.
The new battery was on the charger and blinking, a good thing.
This morning it popped right off after the standard mechanical fuel pump turnover required to fill the drain carb bowls.

During the check it over routine the brake fluid looked somewhat dark.
A quick look under the cap, screw on cap on old stuff, the fluid was indeed in need of a flush.

Moisture in the brake fluid of a motorcycle that roughly 14 months ago had a through and complete cleaning flush and fill with new, unmolested seal still under the cap on the bottle, brake fluid.
Zero miles in 2015. No brakes applied.
The bike had not been washed after the storage procedure.
The bike has been covered in a garage, un-heated/un-cooled, and had not seen the light of day until yesterday.

For me it kinda shoots the theory of using brake fluid from a previously opened container all to hell.

Brake fluid flush and bleed, a possibly tires tomorrow.
Saturday test - Sunday Ride-ride-ride.
82 today - 82 Friday - 82 Saturday - Cold Wave predicted Sunday 80.
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Brakes are important. Brake fluid absorbs moisture and does not perform to its requirements. Brake fluid is cheap.

You and I are in complete agreement on this subject. I also think there is much less humidity where you live than where I live. Imagine the humidity of Southern Louisiana.

A nice photo of that 'Wing would be appreciated. Just sayin'
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Photos.
1976 YellowWing
1976 LTD - Limited Edition - Number 114 of 2000 made.
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Wow! Two 'Wings from the era before they became Road Sofas. Gorgeous. Good that you take care of your toys so well.
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Fantastic. Absolutely Fantastic.

Sadly, when those bikes were new I thought they were disgustingly ugly. I thought the CB900 Custom of the early '80s was the most beautiful thing on two wheels and hated everything about those early GoldWings. A good friend of Dad's owned a '75 model 'Wing and it was an odd shade of pink. Yuck.

I wish I knew then what I know now.
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I was the service mangler at Lone Star Honda in 1975 when the shop owner came back and said "We have a Problem" come with me.
We walk outside and parked dead center in the middle of our lot is a 18 wheeler flat bed with this absolutely massive crate sitting on it.
"How do you plan on getting that off the the truck was his question and My reply was "What the hell is that".
There be wales on our beach captain. Were in trouble.
Nobody had a forklift in 75. CB125 S models came two to a crate and no forklift was needed. Not even the buffalo CB750 K's required a Clark Lift be on the property. The box was bigger than my apartment.

The only instructions I received was "You can't afford that so don't crash it". The were under $3,000 in 75.
My initial comment when I returned from it's maiden voyage was "Why would anyone what a motorcycle that big."

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A little about the the bikes in the pictures.

The "YellowWing"
Fully restored by me.
Everything black I power coated.
The Yellow is color correct for a 1976 Yellow Gold Wing.
There were no color codes in 1976 but I have a original sales brochure for the yellow model and our local DuPont dealer color matched the paint.
I did not paint the yellow, I powder not paint.
I powder coated the engine cases a aluminum color I mixed to as closely match the original color as possible.
It has about 175,000 miles on it.
I put on 135,000 of them.

It will return to active usage as soon as it's new Michelin's arrive.



The LTD.

The 2000 made number is from production for the U.S. dealer network. In 1976 there were 2000 Honda dealers in the U.S..
Every dealer had the opportunity to order one.
I believe the total production number was 3500 worldwide.
It sold for $3,300 which was about $300 more than the yellow model sold for.
All Gold Wing engines were dyno tested at the time.
The top 10% were removed from the line then Balanced and Blueprinted.
This process delivered the smoothest running and best shifting motorcycle I have ever owned. It still is.
Those engines were put into hand welded, welds ground smooth, chassis that were powder coated Gloss Black.
This was one of Honda's earliest uses of the powder coat process.
The Valve Covers, Timing Belt Covers, Fuel Pump Housing, Carburetor Caps and Intake Manifolds seen in in the picture are not chrome plated but are polished aluminum as was the original LTD.
I have approximately 80 hours time in polishing those parts to where they are in the picture.
The LTD came with a real tool kit. Chrome wrenches and sockets.
I do not have that kit.
A hand signed letter from Mr. Soichiro Honda congratulating the purchaser for his purchase. I have that letter.
There was a 8x10 Color Collage photo of the assembly of the bike.
I have that photo.
The Owners Manual was Leather Bound. I have the manual.
There was a Leather Key Fob presented to the owner.
I do not have that key fob.
The wheels and spokes on the bike were anodised Gold.
Mine are in what would be called Good condition.
The Candy Chocolate Brown paint is original.
A deep dark metallic brown covered in candy brown.
I have hours and hours polishing it.
It is beautiful in the full sun.

All Gold Wings have a 371 Product Code including the LTD.
The LTD is distinguished by a 980 Manufacture Code in Honda Part Numbering System.
I purchased all American Honda had of the NOS (New Old Stock) with the 980 code.
They were glad to get rid of it I was happy to own it.

I purchased this bike from long time friend and Worlds Largest Harley Dealer Sherman Barnett.
He had it on his used line listed as "Old Gold Wing"
He knew something was up when I bought it but sold it to me any way.

It took me a full year to restore it to it's original glory.


This bike won the GL1000 Stock Class at the GWRRA Wind Ding XXVI at Grapevine Texas in 2004.



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Thank you for that Paul. I am in awe of the skill and work that went into that.

I also did not know anything about the Limited. I thank you for that lesson. I did not know that bike even existed.
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At the January 2015 DC motorcycle show Honda had an early (don't know the exact year but it may have been one of the first produced) 'Wing on display. It was sort of cyan / teal-colored. Can you pinpoint the model year based on that vague description?

It had 37 miles on the clock; I'm guessing they were mostly from rolling the bike in and out of exhibition halls.

Yours, having been actually in service, are all the more impressive by comparison. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice. I always liked the early four jug Wings, I was riding Ducs back then, but I did try out a 78 Wing, twice, before trading my 750 GT for a 900 SS.
Tried a Kawa 900 too. Great eighty foot hole shots. All ten or twelve of them.
The thing I remember about the flat four, is the smoothness, electric motor smooth.
Do they pogo ?
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