Handlebar Swap


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portugeezer
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Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:14 pm



So my handlebars were really pitted on my 1976 GL1000. I found a pair on Ebay off a 1977 with no rust and they had the holes for routing the wires. I bought new mirrors because the old ones were pitted on the stems and some nice new handgrips. Finally for a nice touch a chrome handlebar clamp to dress up my cockpit a bit. I do garage doors for a living so this is slow time of the year for me. I got up this morning and started disassembling everything to do with the bars. The wiring through the bars is a nightmare both to slide out and to slide back in. That part was much harder than I thought it would be. I finally got done and discovered that these bars are slightly higher than the old bars. My brake line is too short! I ordered a new one. The wires are hooked back up now. Everything is working. I'm just waiting for the mailman to bring me my throttle cable and my brake line. I can't wait for my first test ride! I start riding no matter how cold as long as there is no snow or ice! This bike still has the original 8 track player in it! I'm going to remove it for a cd/MP3 player. I love the vintage bike but the sound is just too awful coming from that thing!



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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:31 pm

How did they mount an 8-track player on a bike?? I'd like to see a picture of that!

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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:59 pm

It's in the faring with two 4" speakers. It still works but sounds terrible and I'm a semi pro musician so it drives me nuts! I'll take pics tomorrow. I have done lots to the bike already but it nowhere near done!

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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:02 pm

The faring has lowers but I have them off right now until I replace my cables. I'll post pics without them as soon as it's light outside!

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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:22 am

OK I posted a pic of my bike on Facebook but have no clue how. I went to picture forum but I'm stumped!

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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby imfree » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:26 am

You can post your pic's here.Down at the bottom of the reply page on the left click on the upload attachment button,locate the pic's you want to send and click,Then click submit. Joe

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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:31 pm

I hope this works. A pic of my bike as of this morning. More work was done today!
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Re: Handlebar Swap

Postby portugeezer » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:35 pm

Notice how my driveway slopes up ouy of my garage? Also the asphalt is about a 2" high bump to get over. That's why I have the L shaped plwood scrap for a ramp. Holy Moly is it hard to roll that bike out going uphill. Oh and thank you for explaining how to post a pic!




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