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Wing-Bob

Postby bjatwood » Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:42 pm



Hey all,
Been riding a GL1500 for a couple seasons, and looking at CL-eBay I see the GL1000's have become a pretty resonably priced project bike. I am gonna look for a 1000 and "play" with it a bit. I will NOT buy a well taken care of bike and cut it up, but one that needs some "loving"...
I saw this bike in the pic and just "like" it. It looks like it means business and best of all, it's a HONDA and not a H.D.! I might just for shucks and giggles go with a Orange and Black theme instead of the yellow and black.
What do you guys think of this bike?
I have the 1500 for the wife and I to tour with. This would be a ride it to work by myself type of bike with a bit more throttle if you know what I mean!! ;)
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Re: Wing-Bob

Postby landisr » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:05 pm

Great idea. The sky (or at least your imagination and budget) is the limit. Nice labor of love, and the frosting on the cake would be if you bought one at a bargain price. ;-)

Let us know how things go.

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Re: Wing-Bob

Postby themainviking » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:19 pm

That is a good looking naked wing (cafe racer without the fairing) but where I live, it would need a front fender to be legal, which would detract from that mean look. The insurance on that bike would add up to about as much as the bike is worth, but I do love the look. That said, I do not believe I ever saw a motorcycle that I did not love to look at. If I had Jay Leno's bucks, I would have Jay Leno's bikes.
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Re: Wing-Bob

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:42 pm

Honda made plenty of GL1000's and not all should be restored. Some are too far gone for restoration but still great bikes to ride. Modification is natural for the majority. Now the bobber build is pretty expensive, those are Harley rims laced to Honda hubs and that alone takes coin. But your are correct that the bikes are a bargain, run great (fast in the quarter mile) and worthy of project consideration.

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Re: Wing-Bob

Postby bjatwood » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:10 pm

I can lace rims up with the best of em. The way I roll is, take the hubs and lace the new spokes into the HD rims and have a pro "True em" up for me. All the time and labor is in the tedious side of the spoke pattern. I am on the lookout for a new garage project and this one really looks like I want to do it. I'm gonna go with a Black and Orange pattern to keep the H.D. boyz pissed at me! Hee Hee

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Re: Wing-Bob

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:31 pm

But if you buy really fine spokes from Buchanan, then coin is still required for us self spoke lacers. It is fun, and I would not avoid it.




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