Making a "Naked" Wing

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Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by stevenzierke » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:35 pm

I'm considering stripping my 1984 GL1200 Interstate down to bare bones. Any recomendations from people who have done the same? What kind of parts will need to be "replaced"? I have seen quite a few pictures of "naked" wings and really like the clean and mean look.

I started making a basic shopping list, but it is probably in lack of some details I am overlooking.

This picture below is an example of what I am looking to do. With the exception, I would have a passenger seat with backrest also.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by gareva1 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:34 pm


While I'm sure with some work you could get there, I'm pretty sure the bike you posted in your second picture actually comes that's a gl1200 standard as opposed to the fairinged models...I would suspect you'd need to look at the parts on a standard and evaluate the cost of those parts...I bet the cost (time+money) to retrofit yours to look like a standard will far outweigh the cost of just buying a standard version as a second bike.

I'm sure someone will come along soon to either confirm or deny this, but I think the standard 1200 was only made for one year (the first year of the 1200)...I would think that may make parts availability for it rather difficult.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:17 pm

True, but a lot of the 1200 Standard parts that are different from the other 1200's....are actually the same as 1100 Standard parts.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by scratcho » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:54 pm

Go to the Naked Gold Wing site at lots of pictures and articles on stripping a gold wing, even 6 cylinder wings.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by detdrbuzzard » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:29 am

WingAdmin wrote:True, but a lot of the 1200 Standard parts that are different from the other 1200's....are actually the same as 1100 Standard parts.
only the head light, tail light and turn signals the faux tank is different, gauges are different too
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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by Clayton » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:08 am


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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by BRIANINMAINE » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:56 pm

A co-worker was going to try the same thing. He borrowed my fake tank (1100) to try to fit it on his 1200. I does kind of fit, it is too short from front to back. Would need to be customized.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by Scott Ironhorse » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:00 pm

Ride Naked! The wing seems like you have set it free when you've strip it to basics.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by Hal » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:11 pm

Hi! I've recently joined the clan by buying a cosmetically rough old 1978 GL1000.

It was black, though that wasn't its original colour, but I've just repainted it in Ford "Electric Orange" which I reckon is sort of in the spirit of Honda mid 70s (bright Candy colours)

I like 'Naked Goldwings' but after riding this one 300km back from where I bought it, I decided to fit a fairing. I have a 1977 which I will keep fairing-less.

The fairing wasn't made for a Wing, but I like the style. It's a twin optic type, made by Mach.

I was surprised to hear the Vetters fit using hose clamps, that sounds very crude and nasty.
This thing has a substantial square-tube framework with fully adjustable sub frame for the twin round light units, and has two tensioners on a yoke piece which fits to a bolt through the stock hole behind the headstem tube, and we TIG welded two threaded lugs to the sides of the headstock which then take bolts from two more lugs on the frame, so the support frame is pulled into the front of the headstem.

It also has two side braces which are clamped to the frame front downtubes.

Very solid it all is.

Sorry this is so out of focus, but can you see the support frame anyway?

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by HALBUDD » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:26 pm

Hi, nice looking bike I like the fairing great look on this bike . Color is bright should be able to see you ok ,look forward to more pics. have fun riding it . Hal from New Albany In.
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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by Hal » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:40 am

Colour choice was partly to do with visibility.....I've been pulled out on and hit by "didn't see you, mate" purblind idiots once too often!

The fairing is one I found for 60 euros, complete with mountings and the twin optics, and I modded it so you can actually drop the sides of the faux-tank down without having to remove it, which looks to be impossible with a Vetter.

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by britman » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:19 pm

Theres a 1200 standard faux tank on Evilbay only going for $275 plus 30 shipping and these are hard to find and its in the color you need .

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Re: Making a "Naked" Wing

Post by billyer60 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:13 pm

I love that orange color! I've been thinking of re-painting my 83. Maybe not so "orange" as yours, but definitely the burnt orange that I see on a lot of new cars.

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