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Hey,

Been using this site for a while (water pump fix was key), finally signed up. Have had my 1982 GL500 for almost a year, had to revive/learn to revive it and its been on the road for a few months. Recently took it on a 350 mile round trip to Seattle and Olympia. Epic fun. This is what my "About Me" page says:



1982 GL500

Purchased non-running for $400, very reliable runner after water pump seal, carb clean, and new gas tank, brakes, and tires. I'm going for an all around bike that works both for cruising around town and taking on medium trips. Currently my only running vehicle besides the scoot, but its not so cold here.



Current Tweaks:

•BikeMaster Euro style handlebars (an effective compromise, I feel, between sport lean for in town and ride-ability for long trips)

•grip heaters under cafe grips, wired through the handlebars with a switch mounted to the fuse box cover

•VistaCruise (I use this all the time, even in town, wouldn't do without it)

•GL 650 tank, all other body pieces painted satin black



Future Plans:

•2 into 1 exhaust (currently looking to purchase) with black header tape

•chop fender off below brake light, move plate to wheel alá Harley

•extra rear seat (currently looking to purchase) modified into a luggage rack with medium sissy bar for backpack/camping gear

•big, flat, round turn signals (think old pick-up)

•electric fan conversion
 

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Jeremy, Welcome to the forum !



If you've been lurking then you know we have a pretty good group of local riders here in the Portland area. You'll have to join us for one of our group rides. Make sure and check the thread for the ride scheduled on Saturday for details on the next one.



Sounds like you've put a lot of work into your ride. I'm planning on cutting my fender off, just like you mentioned sometime this week.



What part of town are you in ?



John
 

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Can you post pics of the handlebars mounted on the bike? I want to ditch the reverse steer horns on the GL500 for a more conventional bar.
 

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Nice to meet ya. Good looking bike.

I'm in Seattle. This spring and summer hopefully we can get some rides set up in the area


It'd be great to meet everyone.



--Keith
 

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Welcome in, Jeremy, always nice to see another localite. Would be cool if you could make it to the ride on Saturday. It may be a short one though, with them calling for the high temps to only be in the high 30's. eeep! I'll be chilly when I hit the meet place.



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Thanks for the welcome. Unfortunately, Saturday is one of the three days a week I work (sorry, kind of bragging there). Can always take a day off sometime though, I'll keep my eye on the schedule. I live in NE just off Alberta. And here are the handlebar pics:





 

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Those bars look pretty good, but I've gotten so used to my Buckhorns that I'd probably never switch. They just suit my frame and sitting/riding style. That look is great though. Nice work. Sorry you have such "hours".
There will be plenty of opportunities.
 

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Welcome to the group Jeremy!

This is a pretty great site and glad you finally took the plunge and jumped in.



With the weather being what it is, it should turn out ok this late weekend and hope to see ya then.



oh, I may have a extra rear seat you could have, I'll have to look for it though....



and just curious, did you have a spare gas tank on your wall? (noted you profile pic..)

If so I'd be interested in buying! Feel free to email or p.m.



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I actually have two tanks on the wall. One is completely effed but I'm not really interested in getting rid of it because it has some interesting chrome piping on the top, not really sure what its from though it looks like a GL tank. The other is the original that came with the bike but there are pinholes above the [rubber thingys where the side cover snaps in]. Would rather trade than sell if anyone was still interested, but that's only a preference (TimK, you've got dibs). Looking for a rear seat and ape hangers (another project). I'm also in the market for [rubber thingys where the side cover snaps in] as aforementioned pin holes hardened mine and it always makes me wince prying off the side covers, I know its going to break the plastic nubs someday. Anyone know where to pick those up? Gotta find another Honda shop now that Honda St. Johns is gone (RIP).
 

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Though not Honda specific, I highly recommend a shop called Hoodview Motorsports. They are over here in Vancouver on St. Johns road, just north of the SR500 and not far east of I-5. I've had them work on my bike a couple times since I first got it, and they've always been fair with me.
 

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Those bars look great, and they look comfortable, thanks for posting the pics.



They look like they might even clear the fairing on the Interstate. 7/8" diameter, right? They're cheap too, less than $25 on a couple sites I checked.



Thanks, and I forgot
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I've got 'em tilted back a little too. The only problem with them (should have mentioned this earlier) is that the stock Master Cylinder is designed for a different angle and so it wants to dump your brake fluid. You either need a closed MC (ours have breather notches at the top), a MC without the angle (a lot of CBs), or keep your reservoir very low (as I have done). Like I've said this is a daily driver and I have had no problems thus far but its a little unnerving at first to have so little fluid in there. FYI.
 

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I think I have either the same bars or very similar bars on mine but they are black, I think mine might be a bit shorter, I just did as you and filled the MC until was right up to the brim and put the cap on and it seems to be working fine for me.
 

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Hey,

Been using this site for a while (water pump fix was key), finally signed up. Have had my 1982 GL500 for almost a year, had to revive/learn to revive it and its been on the road for a few months. Recently took it on a 350 mile round trip to Seattle and Olympia. Epic fun. This is what my "About Me" page says:


Next Portland ride is Saturday, 3-26, @ 1:00 PM. We think we will be leaving from the I-5 southbound Charbonneau rest area (1 mile south of Wilsonville, and about a dozen miles south of Portland). It could change. To follow the thread, do Forums, Travelling & Friends in [West Coast Riders], and look for the thread named Charbonneau version 2.0. Of course, if you are lazy like me, just go one step by going here: http://cx500forum.com/index.php?/topic/4270-afternoon-ride-from-charbonneau-ver-20/



Our first ride of the year was 1 weekend ago, and the ride did not happen due to weather. But we still got together and ate a late lunch and talked at "The Wild Hare" in Canby. It is highly unlikely we will need to cancel or modify the 3-26 ride to exclude Motorcycles like we did on 2-26. We will however, likely get wet. As "committed attendance" if I may say so, for the 3-26 ride we already have TimK, RampRat06, Rampsbaby, Montana Clifford <me>, Ohm, Wootersen, and I will have my ex-wife following us in the big Chevy Van as an emergency-vehicle / Bike break-down sweeper. And because I'm arranging this trip from Montana, I have zero control over the ROUTE. I'd like to take a several hour slow and easy tour down 99W, swing past Silver Creek Falls, and have a late lunch in Mt Angel. But like I said, I'm not selecting the Route. I suspect Wootersen and RampRat06 will arm wrestle about where we are riding. We have also invited Jason6, who is related to a long-time Wisconsin member "David from Wisconsin" whose wife's son (jason6) lives in the Portland Metro area, and has a Bike. I have also invited a Chef & Private Pilot to ride along with us, named Doug Miner, although I think he has a GoldWing these days. He has however, had several CX and GL models over the years. He said at one time he had 2 CX's.



Welcome, sir.



Montana Clifford
 

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I've got 'em tilted back a little too. The only problem with them (should have mentioned this earlier) is that the stock Master Cylinder is designed for a different angle and so it wants to dump your brake fluid. You either need a closed MC (ours have breather notches at the top), a MC without the angle (a lot of CBs), or keep your reservoir very low (as I have done). Like I've said this is a daily driver and I have had no problems thus far but its a little unnerving at first to have so little fluid in there. FYI.


Jeremy, I put a CB750 Master cylinder on my GL. One of the 70s models that are all metal. I like it because it's level, all metal means no nasty plastic and it polishes up pretty well. Pushes plenty of fluid and if I ever get motivated to rebuild it, lots of rebuild kits on the bay.
 

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Jeremy, I put a CB750 Master cylinder on my GL. One of the 70s models that are all metal. I like it because it's level, all metal means no nasty plastic and it polishes up pretty well. Pushes plenty of fluid and if I ever get motivated to rebuild it, lots of rebuild kits on the bay.


That's exactly the one I've got my eye on. I think they look a hell of a lot better too (especially after the plastic ones have seen 30 years of use); subtle.
 

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I've got 'em tilted back a little too. The only problem with them (should have mentioned this earlier) is that the stock Master Cylinder is designed for a different angle and so it wants to dump your brake fluid. You either need a closed MC (ours have breather notches at the top), a MC without the angle (a lot of CBs), or keep your reservoir very low (as I have done). Like I've said this is a daily driver and I have had no problems thus far but its a little unnerving at first to have so little fluid in there. FYI.
Jeremy,



The cap shouldn't leak when the master is tipped There should be no direct air getting to the brake fluid. The "breather notch" is there to allow the rubber bellows under the cap to move inward as the brake pads wear and the fluid level goes down. If it leaked on you there is something wrong.
 

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Double post... so, I'll ask a question. Anyone have experience on a rear brake job? The manual is on the way, I was just wondering about hopw difficult. I'm not used to the shaft drive portion.
 

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I'm up for get togethers, work days and rides too. just joined the forum - live in Oregon City area. Looking to learn and keep the bike on the road.
 
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