Rebuild GL1500


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Bjoennavind
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Rebuild GL1500

Postby Bjoennavind » Thu May 01, 2014 1:54 pm



Hi there!

Does anyone know how i can turn this:



Into this:





I really want to rebuild my Aspencade, turning it in to a beautiful classic and naked bike. Remove the fueltank and fit a new one "where its supposed to be", and remove all the eletrical stuff i "dont need" . Also Install a classic headlamp, new handlebars and new instruementpanel and new fenders.

Of course it would be much easier to just sell the bike and buy a Valkyrie, but where's the fun in that? :P

My main concern is how to install a new fueltank. What kind of tank would fit the frame with minimal adjustments? Maybe the fueltank from a Valkyrie would do the trick, but i am more after that square look.

As I study pictures of the frame i realize that this will be very interesting. The frame is not very "rebuild-friendly" :P



When it comes to the electrical system, i planned to just expose all the wires and remove those who aint critical. Leaving just the basic wires left. Such as enginerelated wires, headlight/turn/brake light, horn and maybe cruise control :P

Is there any thoughts around this? Anything will help! :D
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Re: Rebuild GL1500

Postby dingdong » Sun May 04, 2014 6:37 am

Not exactly what you requested but this might give you some ideas.
http://patineto.smugmug.com/Motorcycles ... 0R_1-L.jpg
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Re: Rebuild GL1500

Postby cuyler2 » Sun May 04, 2014 8:38 am

i know this is a year old but did you ever find a gas tank for relocation? i put a tombstone 2 u.s. gal tank on and covered with my own faux skin. but i was just wondering for my next project. getting rid of the on board tank allowed me ample room for all electrical and battery also. someone had a catch can for radiator mounted down same side frame tube what looked to me as a mountain climbers fluid bottle 20ounce capacity made out of aluminum with an flat o-ring gasket for cap seal with holes drilled in cap for in and drain hose. i found one at moms' house that she (84) used for her drinking water bottle for her walking exercise routine and she told me to go get my own at wal-mart. went there and found them in different colors bought a blue one, worked fine, bike sold to a friend and i haven't heard anything about it. been a little over six months. still i would like to know , please, what you found. thanks,cuyler

Bjoennavind
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Re: Rebuild GL1500

Postby Bjoennavind » Sun May 04, 2014 3:09 pm

dingdong wrote:Not exactly what you requested but this might give you some ideas.
http://patineto.smugmug.com/Motorcycles ... 0R_1-L.jpg


I have studied that bike, and it confirmed that its possible! :-)

cuyler2 wrote:i know this is a year old but did you ever find a gas tank for relocation? i put a tombstone 2 u.s. gal tank on and covered with my own faux skin. but i was just wondering for my next project. getting rid of the on board tank allowed me ample room for all electrical and battery also. someone had a catch can for radiator mounted down same side frame tube what looked to me as a mountain climbers fluid bottle 20ounce capacity made out of aluminum with an flat o-ring gasket for cap seal with holes drilled in cap for in and drain hose. i found one at moms' house that she (84) used for her drinking water bottle for her walking exercise routine and she told me to go get my own at wal-mart. went there and found them in different colors bought a blue one, worked fine, bike sold to a friend and i haven't heard anything about it. been a little over six months. still i would like to know , please, what you found. thanks,cuyler


This thread is only 4 days old :-)
I have not found any interesting gas tanks yet. Will update as soon as i find something. Does anyone know the measurments on the frame where the tank will be? I cannot find my measurment tape :-P




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