Virgin GSPD needs mods

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Ninthlord, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. cameron110

    cameron110 Been here awhile

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    Modify the odometer to read something north of 100k, while there are a few ways this could be done I recommend going after it by enjoying a great all around bike. I'm working on that with my PD and will be there some time in the next couple months.

    On a more serious note, shelving the stock solo seat for a corbin is big bonus on the days when you want hit double digit hours in the saddle.

    As for your top three list of ideal mods, they are all decent ideas if money were no object. I would keep riding it and do them when you have the time and money. If you are careful not to lug the tranny it can last forever in stock form. As for charging system unless you need more power to run lights/heated gear or spares for a major trip to the third world you can probably table that for now.
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  2. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    make it into a cafe racer!!:rofl
    JUST KIDDING! awesome original example, do tasteful, usefull upgrades and ride the wheels off that thing!
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  3. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    For the tow. I was burning fuel in prep of pulling the tank, about 25 miles from home. Tach dropped out, hit the passing lamp and got a quick engine cutout. Death followed at the next stop. Is it the battery (1.5 yrs.) or the aforementioned charging sys mods (not done)? A few mins on the trickle and she fired right up. I rode this bike to the MOA last July with no issues.
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  4. akabeton

    akabeton Adventurer

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    Had a similar experience earlier this year, turned out to be the rotor.

    The fix was quick, it was the diagnostic procedure that took the time.

    With ignition on does your charge bulb light up ?
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  5. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    light weight wrist pins,cheap should you do the work yourself.tall 5th gear,that you'll have the dealer do.makes the bike much smoother at speed.
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  6. matteo

    matteo HPM

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    A virgin GSPD that is working flawlessly.... I would preserve it. It's only original once.

    I wanted to get a GS to mod so I got a good but not so perfect '89. I then modded the snot out of it.
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  7. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Save the money on the Corbin just clamp a 2X12 on the frame and sit on it i think it would be more comfortable.
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  8. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    I run the stock seat on my GS - I actually don't mind it. The seat that I usually run is my dual Corbin - that one is much more comfortable for long distance riding days.
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  9. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    She's run perfectly for several weeks now. I'm liking that rotor option, not knowing what else it could be.

    [​IMG]
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  10. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Man where did you get those bags off a RoadKing?
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  11. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    dont go doing anything till it tells you to. DOnt worry, it'll tell you :lol3
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  12. Ras Thurlo

    Ras Thurlo Desert Lion

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    ...."new forks for easter, pls pls pls"
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  13. Magnon

    Magnon Been here awhile

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    Have any of these given you trouble?

    Some say that the valves start dropping after about 45-50k miles.

    Personally I'd concentrate on sympathetic mods that improve the ride such as the seat and front brake.
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  14. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    Yes they're Harley bags. Got 'em at a swap meet.
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  15. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    Not sure what caused the stranding, but it's a charging issue.
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  16. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Well you have a one off GS King now.
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  17. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Period correct GPS/Roll chart holder

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  18. akabeton

    akabeton Adventurer

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  19. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Your necessities may vary, but a few cheapish items that I see as necessary for my riding are the following:

    1) Real handguards that stand a chance of saving your controls in the event of a dump.
    2) Risers... tall ones. The stock bar height is just not doable for standing up
    3) Lower/grippier footpegs.
    4) Ditch all the emissions BS if it's still there
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  20. WacoDirtryder

    WacoDirtryder Been here awhile

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    Those fastway pegs for the 1200GS work good on the old GS. I had a set of those pivot pegs on a GS they suck to me i dont like standing up and my peg moving.
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