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Hello everyone, I recently purchased a GL500 (well at least that's what its registered as). I bought it from a 76 year old who had owned it for its whole life, and it is in really excellent condition. I am a little confused as to what year/ model the bike is, it is registered as a 1979 GL500E. From what I have read the GL500s were not made until 1981. Can anyone tell me how I can identify the bike? Then engine number begins with GL500E so I assume that it must be a GL500 but if they weren't released until 81' perhaps the year is incorrect. Or were GL500s made prior to 81'? Sorry for the ramble, this is my first bike so I'm a bit green.

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That looks like one of the Japanese domestic market bikes, iirc. I think they came with the "Wing" on the side and some (many? most? all? I'm not sure) were badged as GLs. That may apply to other countries... where in the world are you?

It's not the same as the GL500s that were sold in the US and elsewhere - that's the older CDI motor, the Standard/Deluxe/Shadow tank, 33mm front forks, single spine frame, original Comstar wheels... It'll be more similar to the Standard/Deluxe than a GL500.

Out of curiosity, what's the number stamped into the headstock and/or compliance plate?
 

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Hi JC, thank you for the response and the information provided. The number on the headstock is GL500-1001955, I live in Perth, Australia.

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Another Aussie! Cool.

Pop your location into your forum profile - there were a fair few differences between countries so you might get asked that whenever you ask a question and if it's under your forum handle people will already know the answer!

The GL500s sold in the States in '81-'82 with the different ignitions, frames etc. have serial numbers like this.

I don't really have any data yet for the serials of the Japanese models, yours would probably be the first I've seen both the engine and frame serials for.
 

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Engine- GL500E-1001940
Frame- GL500-1001955
For the numbers I have this:
Here is a post from Cobram on engine numbers and their year of use:

CX500 1978
Frame: CX500-2000001 ~
Engine: CX500E-2000001 ~

CX500 1979
Frame: CX500-2100001 ~
Engine: CX500E-2100006 ~

CX500C 1979
Frame: PC01-2000017 ~
Engine: PC01E-2000017 ~

CX500C 1980
Frame: PC01-2100018 ~
Engine: PC01E-2100019 ~

CX500C 1981
Frame: JH2PC0103BM200006 ~
Engine: PC01E-2200006 ~

CX500C 1982
Frame: JH2PC0109CM300001 ~
Engine: PC01E-2300001 ~

CX500D 1979
Frame: PC01-4000005 ~
Engine: PC01E-4000005 ~

CX500D 1980
Frame: PC01-4100002 ~
Engine: PC01E-4100003 ~

CX500D 1981
Frame: JH2PC0113BM200001 ~
Engine: PC01E-4200011 ~

CX500TC 1982
Frame: JH2PC0307CM000017 ~
Engine: PC03E-2001091 ~


GL500 - Silver Wing
1981 GL500
- Frame: JH2PC0200BM000022
- Engine: PC02E-2000023

1981 GL500I
- Frame: JH2PC0213BM000007
- Engine: PC02E-2000183

1982 GL500
- Frame: JH2PC0208CM100001
- Engine: PC02E-2100001

1982 GL500I
- Frame: JH2PC0217CM100001
- Engine: PC02E-2100001
This shows that Yours it is not a frame/engine number for USA/Europe, Aussies......
 

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Thanks for the tip JC, I have put my location in now. I'll do a bit of research on the Japanese GLs.
 

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The dual shocks were a give away too, no Pro Link. Interesting bike configuration, not one I've seen before, but it bears the visuals of several models all at once. I wonder if sending those serial numbers to Honda Japan for information would be useful?
 

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Hello everyone, I recently purchased a GL500 (well at least that's what its registered as). I bought it from a 76 year old who had owned it for its whole life, and it is in really excellent condition. I am a little confused as to what year/ model the bike is, it is registered as a 1979 GL500E. From what I have read the GL500s were not made until 1981. Can anyone tell me how I can identify the bike? Then engine number begins with GL500E so I assume that it must be a GL500 but if they weren't released until 81' perhaps the year is incorrect. Or were GL500s made prior to 81'? Sorry for the ramble, this is my first bike so I'm a bit green.

I will try and attach a few photo's... I don't think it is working

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Thanks, Jack
Hi Jack - Just recently came across a JDM Wing myself. I’m from the states, but was curious to see where you started if you were doing a rebuild on books or information you found that was helpful. I know the gl500 engine and that compared to and same as the cx500.

thank you,
Gabrielle
 

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Hi Jack - Just recently came across a JDM Wing myself. I’m from the states, but was curious to see where you started if you were doing a rebuild on books or information you found that was helpful. I know the gl500 engine and that compared to and same as the cx500.

thank you,
Gabrielle
Hi Gabeeliza,
"Jack" was last on this forum bout 2 years ago.

Posting your questions on the "technical help" forum will put you in touch with the GL knowledge base/active members......
cheers
 

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Welcome, Gabrielle!
Except for the "Wing" badge, the bike in Jack's photos looks like a straight up '78 CX500. Use that year for ordering parts, and refer to that Factory Service Manual.
What's the current condition of your Wing?
Where are you in the US? We've got folks all over, so you might be able to connect with an experienced owner if you need any help.
 

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BTW: Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and the Previous Owners may or may not have done the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).
 

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Welcome, Gabrielle!
Except for the "Wing" badge, the bike in Jack's photos looks like a straight up '78 CX500. Use that year for ordering parts, and refer to that Factory Service Manual.
What's the current condition of your Wing?
Where are you in the US? We've got folks all over, so you might be able to connect with an experienced owner if you need any help.
Hi Randall -
The condition of my bike is excellent the paint job is a bit rough but everything else is great! I am located in Vermont, USA. I am still trying to pinpoint the year of my bike as I've read things originally that made me think it was 79' but now I'm not sure - I've read other things showing that it could be as early as 77'.
Thank you,
Gabrielle
 

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If it helps to ID your bike : there were 1977 GL500's made for Japan, as for instance seen on this (click) webpage. Frame/engine numbers would be AFAIK GL500(E)-1xxxxxx . Year built should be on the VIN plate (steering head or on frame). Also look for wheel rim DOT code and brake line year stamps if original. Speedo could be in Kmh, red figures string at 80Kmh (50Mph), japanse speed limit at that time.

HTH, Frans
 
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