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Old 04-02-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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GL1100 dualsport?

A friend of mine has an old 1983 GL1100 GoldWing (standard, no fairing nor saddlebags). It's been his main ride for years, but it has been demoted to second-string status due to his purchase of a full-boat six-cylinder 'Wing.

I think he should dual-sport it. Not for gnarly trail rides, but for gravel road duty.

Anybody have any experience with this? The stock front tire is a 110/90-19 and his rear a 130/90-17, which, I think, would work with much of the adventure bike skins available, from TKC80's to Tourances.

Pictures would be cool !

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Old 04-02-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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A friend of mine has an old 1983 GL1100 GoldWing (standard, no fairing nor saddlebags). It's been his main ride for years, but it has been demoted to second-string status due to his purchase of a full-boat six-cylinder 'Wing.

I think he should dual-sport it. Not for gnarly trail rides, but for gravel road duty.

Anybody have any experience with this? The stock front tire is a 110/90-19 and his rear a 130/90-17, which, I think, would work with much of the adventure bike skins available, from TKC80's to Tourances.

Pictures would be cool !

Tom
You might want to check again, because both my old 83 GoldWings had a 120/90-18 front and I think a 140/90-16 rear. Those might be the right sizes for the 82 or 81 though. I remember because I put on a set of sport tires one size smaller, because of the way I rode it I wanted quicker handling. Then I got smart and sold it to buy an 86 Nighthawk S.
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A friend of mine has an old 1983 GL1100 GoldWing (standard, no fairing nor saddlebags). It's been his main ride for years, but it has been demoted to second-string status due to his purchase of a full-boat six-cylinder 'Wing.
I think he should dual-sport it. Not for gnarly trail rides, but for gravel road duty.
Anybody have any experience with this? The stock front tire is a 110/90-19 and his rear a 130/90-17, which, I think, would work with much of the adventure bike skins available, from TKC80's to Tourances.
Tom
I like this idea a lot. I've decided that if I get one, that's what I'm going to do to. I've already picked the tires. I plan to fab a skid plate, add a fork brace, and of course weld some old 20mm ammo cans on. The carb intake location would make a fording snorkel pretty easy. Imagine a bike that you can ride in 2 feet of water! The GL would do it!
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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This should be good.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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I've seen, somewhere, a write-up on someone who dualsported a GL1000 and even raced it on an MX track. I don't see why a GL1100 would be any different. The weight isn't that much more than the big BMWs a lot of people ride around in the dirt.

Edit: here's the site with the GL1000: http://www.freewebs.com/mzrider/offroadonagoldwing.htm

Edit #2: Nevermind, it's actually a GL1100 on that site, not a GL1000.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:34 PM   #7
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He drives a Volvo. 'Nuff said.


Those Comstars must be lovin' that abuse.



As far as weight goes, a naked GL1100 is over well 600 lbs, wet. That is over 160lb more than a R90/6. Just looking at the engine tells you that all the extra reciprocating and rotating mass, not to mention the water jacketing and radiators will add hernia inducing poundage to the "get it off my leg!" total over an Airhead.


That said, it would look cool, if you could ever get it to stop pushing the front end.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:35 PM   #8
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I know the guys on this forum ride some interesting bikes off road (well, pretty much anywhere) but that seems like a lot to be picking up when you drop it!

The picture of that conversion does look pretty cool
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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He could always do it to the 6-cylinder 'Wing, too:



A couple shots of it in action:



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