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  1. Technical Help Forum
    I just got a 1982 GL500 for 600. Already half way built into the cafe that I envisioned. I’m fairly savvy in electrical and mechanical as I am a technician. The guy before me got the bike and never finished it. He did some kind of janky wiring work with the ignition system. I’m attempting to get...
  2. Custom How To
    I've spent the past couple days doing a ton of research about the wiring on my '82 GL500. I've decided to make a custom wiring harness mostly from scratch, as I plan to relocate/delete a lot of components for a cafe build. My main goal is to simplify the harness, and keep the bare necessities...
  3. West Coast Riders
    Hey all, hope you're all healthy and staying safe. I have this part (circled in screenshots) which I'm not sure what it connects to. All my cooling seems to be plugged in per the manual, and this looks like it could/should be cooling. From research online of diagrams and photos it seems that...
  4. Technical Help Forum
    Hey all, I recently bought a 1981 honda gl500 and everything was running fine, til about 2 weeks ago I noticed the right cylinder wasn't firing properly. I'm not too familiar with carburetors outside of they mix fuel and air, so I didn't want to attempt youtube tutorial dismantling and cleaning...
  5. General Discussion
    Curious if it will match up.
  6. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, I am a new member and new motorcycle rider. I just bought my first 'real' bike - an 81 GL500. The past few years I have owned a 63 vespa which is super fun, but I wanted an upgrade because I can't take the scoot more than 5 miles away from my house due to it's limitations on roads...
  7. Technical Help Forum
    Ive done everything i can think of to my 82 gl500 and it wont go over 5k rpm. At 5k the right cylinder quits firing. Ive done the carbs as well as i know carbs. Hooked up timing light. Rebuilt engine due to low compression. Done everything i know and am having issues. Its been a 7 month...
  8. Technical Help Forum
    So I'm 18 years old abd heading off to college this fall. I got my motorcycle liscense and picked up 1982 gl500 back in December of 2019 and bought it to have a bike in college as i have been riding dirt bike since i was a little kid and wanted a street bike. I completely rebuilt the motor. Only...
  9. Technical Help Forum
    Just bought an '81 GL500 off a guy for $900. It runs great but isn't driveable. Here is my list of things I need to do to make it road worthy. -Diagnose/repair Oil Leak -Install head light -Order/install new seat(s?) -Remove sunken/destroyed bolt -Install new head bolt -Order battery mount or...
  10. Selling and Buying Forum
    Hello everyone It has been a while since I've been on here. I am looking for a good brake rotor or 2 for an 82 GL500. I know this is a cx forum but it is replacing a bad rotor on a cx650. New ones are about impossible to find at a reasonable price and I trust this forum more than eBay
  11. Selling and Buying Forum
    I just picked up a super clean '82 GL500 and the left side panel flew off of the bike while I was riding it on the highway. I see tons of right side panels for sale online, but the left side panel seems to be mysteriously rare. Does anyone have this part and willing to sell? The color I'm...
  12. Technical Help Forum
    Hey there folks, uh.. somehow lost my old account email/password. I've bought a new project I'm eager to get working on but trying to fix the last few issues with my 82 GL500i, the front brake lever doesn't activate the brake light, but the back brake pedal does. I don't know a damn thing about...
  13. Selling and Buying Forum
    As im sure this has been posted before- apologies in advance. Just trying to get my 81 gl500 to run better and im pretty sure ive got some air leaks. id love to have one less thing to worry about. cx500 boots have aftermarket substitutes but for some reason gl500 boots are ridiculously hard to...
  14. Technical Help Forum
    Hi, I'm in the process of restoring an 82 GL500. I've just completed a carb clean/rebuild and while cleaning the boots I noticed a potential problem. Here is how it was left when I bought it; carbs off, boots loose. Here's the inside, both sets of intake valves have rust. So what am I to...
  15. Technical Help Forum
    I just bought a 1982 GL500 to restore. It's 98% original/complete. Only 5k miles Before I want to even think about starting it I am doing fluid changes, spark plugs, filters, etc... Today I changed the oil and found this white goo resting at the bottom facing side of the filter cap. From...
  16. Technical Help Forum
    So my bike pulls when I shift into first the handle peices are basically loose as it can.. the part that tightens the handle itself..and I have messed with the clutch lever a little but I'm still having issues how does the clutch lever effect the handle end if at all or what's my problem?
  17. Technical Help Forum
    Hello, I am the owner of a $180, back-yard-dwelling '82 GL500 Interstate with ~20k miles. It has no title, no keys, no battery, and has been sitting outside for the past 5-10 years. I believe it has a 2012 inspection sticker on it, so I suppose it hasn't been sitting quite as long as some other...
  18. Technical Help Forum
    Hey I'm in highschool and I'm restoring/building a 1982 gl500 that my dad picked up for me for $450. I sanded all the paint off and bought a paint gun for pretty cheap and taught myself how to paint and it's coming along good. I dropped the oil, bought new silencers, and rebuilt the carbs. The...
  19. Selling and Buying Forum
    Looking for the dreaded emulsion tube/nozzle Honda part #16166-415-003, destroyed in removal. Does anyone have one? Are there suitable replacements from a similar carb? I’ve checked with Sudco and it’s a Honda part only. Any help or ribbing will be greatly appreciated! Cheers!
  20. Technical Help Forum
    Okay i'm not new to the forum but this is a new thread for the same bike i have been working on; the other is "ignition issues". So i quick run down on what i have done and whats going on: New battery, new coils, new plugs boots and wires, new ignition switch and start/kill switch, starter...
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