1983 Honda GL1100 Interstate from Germany
It's just one word: Very :)
None, except for a broken accelerator cable.
Very big, very heavy, very sophisticated, and very reliable. Great for long-distance touring or relaxed scooting through the scenery; too portly for inner-city use.
The big fairing offers very good protection from the elements and the winter cold, but tall riders with big helmets (like me) suffer wind buffeting. A self-built short "bubble" screen was so far the only remedy to this; gave a bit better gas mileage (now 6 liters/100 km) and less wobbling at high speed (140+) too.
The engine is wonderfully smooth, although with all the weight, it wants to be kept over 3000 RPM.
Once decently tuned in and properly taken care of, this bike will last decades without ever giving major troubles. Most important is to change the timing belts in time. The air-assisted forks should be only filled with a hand pump to avoid blowing the seals.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st November, 2014
6th Sep 2020, 14:13
Can I have a peek at your windshield set up because I have pretty much the same issue with mine...
Thanks, Jacques Meilleur.