Naked 83 GL1100 ?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by MightyChosen1, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    I have an lead on a Goldwing Gl1100 that I can pickup pretty cheap. I am told that it is around 1983 vintage , Runs good but has cosmetic issues with a few body panels. Not sure if its because of a drop or what.

    Anyway if I decide to buy it I was wondering if these years can be converted to "naked " status without any major work. I'm talking removal of fairing, bags and trunk. I know I will have to come up with a headlight and turn signals but I am wondering about all that bodywork around the radiator. Will this leave me with a big ugly mess when the plastic is gone?

    I know of several older 1000's that have done this but not so sure of the later models. I have been looking for a little more road-oriented bike to mount my old Velorex sidecar and an old wing might just work.
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  2. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    Not too different than the GL1000.

    Google it, and you will see loads of them.
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  3. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    Honda made a naked gl1100 so I would think parts to convert a non-naked wing are probably available from any number of motorcycle salvage/recyclers yards. How much trouble it would be I do not know. Here is a pic of my naked 1981 GL1100 Goldwing. This is my every day around town bike....

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  4. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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  5. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Good luck with the conversion...the GL1100 is fabulous in naked format.

    Here`s my 1981 GL1100 Plain Jane.

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  6. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    My 82 was originally naked, then the PO added a Vetter and hard cases. I returned it back to naked.
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  7. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Thanks for all the help. I wont be able to view the bike till Saturday but if I end up buying it I will post a pic or two.

    Keep the pictures coming!
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  8. mike in idaho

    mike in idaho Been here awhile

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    '83 is a good year for oldwings, the trans has a lower first gear and a higher fifth gear than the years before. All the radiator needs, with the Tupperware peeled off, is a set of side scoops from a GL1000 or naked GL1100 bolted on. Honda recommends the side scoops for better cooling, some folks don't bother. I just stripped down my '82, used aftermarket headlight and fork ears, still on the fence about what to do for turn signals.
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  9. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I'm hooked on the Oldwings. :clap
    The headlight ears appear to be pretty generic from year to year.(?)
    Great thing about these bikes is that parts are plentiful and relatively cheap.
    I bought this one to set up another sidecar rig but enjoy riding it too much as a solo to burden it with a hack.


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