Goldwings

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kitesurfer, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    Guy, If your friend with the 1800 is riding year round and running heated gear and extra lights and such, Compufire is the way to go. I've had one on my 1500 for years. No problems. I have a gauge on my bike, and with the Hotgrips on, electric vest and Tulsa lights on, it stays in the green. He will need a sealed battery such as an Odessy to go with the higher output of the Compufire. As for the front forks on the 1800, you need someone else to chime in. I have Progressive front and rear on my 1500 and am happy with that set up.
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  2. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Some folks in Woodstock, GA;

    http://www.traxxion.com/goldwingforks.aspx
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  3. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Thank you, and I have passed this along to the owner. Bet this installation ain't cheap, but I have asked him for all the information on their form so we can, at least, get a quote.

    Best.
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  4. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    Which is easier to work on (for general stuff) - 1200 or 1500?
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  5. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    For general stuff, they are both about the same. Oil changes are easy, you can get a wrench that slides over the oil filter, so on the 1500 you dont have to remove the bottom cowel, even though the book says to. Getting to the battery is easy too. Pop off a side cover and there it is. Air filter on the 1500 is a major PITA, but doable, just takes time. The problem is that older plastic gets very brittle, and you have to be very careful when you take it off and put it back on. I broke a nipple on a side cover and had to have it plastic welded. Still, they are both coverd in plastic, so it takes some time and patience to work on a Wing. Totally different mindset than say working on my KLR or a Sportster for example. The good news is that they don't need " major " work very often. Another good thing is that if you need to know how to do something, someone somewhere has done it already and there is a wealth of information out there.
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  6. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    just FYI, on the 1200, the OEM crankshaft oil seal under the timing belt cover is discontinued. My friend made me a 59mm OD 55MM ID sleeve to put in, and we got a 55mm OD oil seal from one of his vendors to change it out because it started leaking.

    If anyone else runs into this problem, Let me know, i'll get a sleeve made for you and mail it out.
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  7. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    My dad has graciously donated his trusty GL1100 to me. I've been playing around with restoring a '75 Z1 that spent the last decade in storage. The Z1 runs, but isn't exactly a smooth or practical machine.

    In any event, my dad is getting an upgrade and I get his '83 GL1100 with just over 23K miles. Bike looks good and runs super smooth. I'm looking forward to it, though I doubt I do much off-road with this one!:D

    Any tips on locating a passenger backrest for the GL1100 standard? I keep seeing them on bikes in pictures, but I've not had much luck finding one. The Mrs. really doesn't enjoy riding without a sissy bar.
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  8. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    Here's an updated pic of my 82. Done for now until winter. Just gonna ride!
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  9. Ultra54

    Ultra54 Been here awhile

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    Wow...that is nice...!! I owned a bone stock 80 Interstate and now ride a sweet 86 Aspencade.
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  10. lake_harley

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    What kind of paint did you use on the pipes, BBQ Paint maybe? They look to be stock pipes without the "tailpipes" and front shields. Any info you might share about how you prepped the previously chrome pipes and how it's holding up?

    Cool looking 'Wing! Superbike bars??

    Thanks

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  11. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    What's the verdict on the 2012 models, are they nice?
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  12. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    Luke:
    I have 81 GL1100 Goldwing Standard with a backrest.
    The story goes like this.....
    I once had an early 80s Honda CM400 and I put a Honda factory backrest on it. Well for some reason I still had the backrest when I picked up the 81 GL1100. One day I tried the backrest on the goldwing, I had to force the tubing spreading it apart but it fit onto the wing just perfectly where it still resides to this day. I like it very much. I found some pics with a google search too try and give you an idea what it looks like. I'm sure you could find one used or in a junk yard..... This is the same backrest/rack that I have. The backrest tubes slide in and out of the rack making it adjustable.

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  13. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    That would be perfect. I'll try looking for a CM400 backrest. Thanks.:clap
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  14. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    Yeah, it's BBQ paint. I scuffed them with 400 grit sandpaper and sprayed them. Seems to be holding up pretty good so far. It is the stock exhaust with about 16" cut off. The bars are some dirt bike bars I got at Cycle Gear for $20.
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  15. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    I'm still curious about the pipes. You say you cut them off but it looks like a cone was added? They look like factory from here.
    I would like to set a GL up like that one day. Big, smooth, comfortable road bike. :thumb
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  16. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    Here's a couple before pics
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    And what I found in the muffler after the trim job!b:huh
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  17. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Cool, I see now thanks :freaky
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  18. bobobob

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    Pretty much like the 2011's. Still a great touring bike.
    New for 2012 are bold new graphics, two tone paint, :puke1
    a little more storage space and redesigned bags that are completely
    mismatched looking with the top case. :norton
    A few other small changes escape me.

    When Honda closed the Marysville plant and moved production to Japan,
    Wingers thought the long awaited redesign was due in '11 or '12.

    General consensus was expecting a 2,400cc VTEC motor,
    6 speed semi-auto tranny, electronic suspension control,
    traction control, better and longer wearing tires,
    electrically adjustable windshield, LED lighting,
    much larger storage space...
    In other words, Wingers have been expecting a major upgrade for the last
    4 or 5 years. Then the shoe dropped. Bold new graphics.

    The other shoe dropped when BMW announce the K1600GTL.
    The wailing and knashing of teeth on the Wing forums was unbelievable.

    Even so, the last comparison between the Honda and BMW in Motorcyclist,
    I think, said the Goldwing came out slightly on top in the test.
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  19. Mountain Cruiser

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    Thanks for the info. I like the 2012 colors. How about ABS. The level 1 and level 2 bike does not have ABS, level 3 and the airbag model do. Is it worth spending the extra money to get the ABS, in your opinion of course? Anyone else feel free to chime in on this. Thanks.

    Riceman
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  20. bobobob

    bobobob badbadbad

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