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I am brand new to this forum, and I have a REAL silly question. A friend of mine just gave me his 1982 GL500, and I plan on rebuilding it (it hasn't been run in 15 years, but it was VERY nice of him to give it to me!). I plan on rebuilding the bike, and I have a Honda Service Manual for the bike. While the Service Manual is very detailed, it doesn't help me in a very simple manner. That is, how do you remove the seat and fuel tank, in order to get to everything else?



Any other suggestions for a bike that hasn't run in 15 years (and stored with ALL fluids in it, including gas, during all of these years) would be greatly appreciated.



HELP!!!



Thank you!
 

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I am brand new to this forum, and I have a REAL silly question. A friend of mine just gave me his 1982 GL500, and I plan on rebuilding it (it hasn't been run in 15 years, but it was VERY nice of him to give it to me!). I plan on rebuilding the bike, and I have a Honda Service Manual for the bike. While the Service Manual is very detailed, it doesn't help me in a very simple manner. That is, how do you remove the seat and fuel tank, in order to get to everything else?



Any other suggestions for a bike that hasn't run in 15 years (and stored with ALL fluids in it, including gas, during all of these years) would be greatly appreciated.



HELP!!!



Thank you!
hi TK. and a warm welcome from spain.please edit your signiture line.show your bikes details and your location.this information,will help others help you.

to remove your seat..take off your 2 side covers,there you will see the seat brackets and 2 13mm nuts,undo those,and yourseat will lift up.

with that done,in the centre of the tank,under the seat area is a single nut,nudo that and slide your tank backwards.of course you need to disconnect the petcock.



mmmm.15 years,same fluids....replace ALL fluids,from the rear drive to the front forks,everything.http://globalcxglvtwins.hostingdelivered.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=72
 

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Hi Targetking- these are great, awesome bikes to self mechanic on. In addition, they have been THROUGHLY taken apart. rebuilt, renewed, and (much) loved by this (nice) cultist clan.





To answer your question. You are not really tuning up a 15 year old "sleeper"--- You are RESTORING.



Google at amazon.com----books--- Mark ZIMMERMANS tomes on 1. Motorcycle Mechanics and @ Motorcycle Restoration. Both economical-, especially if you are a neopyte mechanical newbie; and, if you want to do the job right.



Approach the case on a system by system basis,--i.e. break down the restoration into comfortable "bites". For instance,- the FUEL SYSTEM---(gas tank, and tank filter, fuel petcock and filter, fuel line and in-line fuel filter, and carburators). On a 15 yo sleeper, the fuel system must be throughly "renewed"--for if you dont start with fresh fuel,- from a "pristene" fuel system,- nothing will ever be right . on the bike.



Then go system, by system to renew the (brakes, suspension, electrics, tires/wheels/ cooling system, engine ("tuneup), etc.---you get the idea...



The extend of your project will depend upon your motivation and $$$.



Post this crowd with you ?? and progress,- we;re glad to help.





Good luck Sam (sams gl650)
 

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Hi there and welcome to the forum. PLENTY of people around in here that have taken these old bikes apart and together that it can be done in thier sleep......lol



Ya, pull them side covers, and be VERY careful, because the tabs that hold those covers in place tend to be a mite brittle after 30 years and WILL break off. Don't ask me how I know this.



After checking the oil (left side.that black plastic looking thing with the finger tab forward of the left foot peg), I would pull the spark plugs caps (carefully), remove both plugs,



hook up jumper cables to a non running cars' battery,or, a battery charger, turn the key on and see if she lites up, make sure is in neutrel, pull the clutch handle in and hit the start button JUST long enough to see if the motor spins.



NEXT, put the plugs back in, and pull the the air cleaner and squirt about 2 er 3 seconds of starting fluid in the air box, and see if the motor will fire (direct the spray towards



the front of the bike).



IF she coughs er sputters.thaz a GOOD thing.....you may JUST have a runner on yer hands, and you've earned yerself a beverage of your choice........lol



THEN, ya can commence to pulling the seat off (12mm btw), being careful not to lose the spacers that are on the bolts.



The gas tank is also 12mm which just now appeared after you removed the seat. Depending on how big your hands are, or how dexterious you are with big fingers in tight places, you'll need to pull the vacuum line and another little line (breather line I THINK is what it's called), and then the fuel line to the carberators.



THEN, take off the fuel tank bolt, and for this next step you may or may not wanna don a pair of gloves. Because you are about to disrupt someones happy home for the



last 15 years, and lift UP on the back of the tank, being careful not to rip those 2 rubber flaps off the frame, putting your other hand in the curve of the tank by the triple tree,



and pull back...........Good Luck!!
 

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hi TK. and a warm welcome from spain.please edit your signiture line.show your bikes details and your location.this information,will help others help you.

to remove your seat..take off your 2 side covers,there you will see the seat brackets and 2 13mm nuts,undo those,and yourseat will lift up.

with that done,in the centre of the tank,under the seat area is a single nut,nudo that and slide your tank backwards.of course you need to disconnect the petcock.




I see I'm a little late-







There mine is without the side covers. You can see where the seat bolts on in the back- access to removing the tank is under the front of the seat. I'm still learning, and when you don't know- the thought of doing something and messing it up is scarier than actually doing it sometimes.





Ignore the extra piece on mine though- we were making mods to put a different seat on it! LOL



When taking my tank off, I made sure the fuel was off, disconnected the lines from the petcock (mine had old lines on it and was pretty difficult to finesse off the petcock) and then over a bucket I disconnected the petcock from the tank. I had a pretty full tank at the time though.. lol







Hope it was helpful!
 

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These questions are answered in the owner's manual. The old DropIO file repository had a pdf copy that could be downloaded for free. It looks like that particular file got lost in the transition to the new home for files.



There are many copies of the owners manual file floating around. It's about 7.5 Mb in size. If there is room on the file host it can probably be uploaded but I understand it is almost out of room. We really need another file repository that has plenty of storage space available.
 

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There are links to all kinds of good info including shop manuals in Blindstitch's signature line. Click on "Quick Reference" in the "Genera Discussion" forum (lots of good info here too), scroll to the bottom of Stitches post, and it's there in the signature line.
 

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If I just want to remove the fuel tank to check the grounding under there, can I just remove the mount bolt and tubes and NOT release the petcock and the fuel will simply stay in the tank and I won't need to worry about having a bucket around?
 
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