1978 GL1000 GVWR


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1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby bacchus451 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:56 am



Hey all,

I'm purchasing a 1978 GL1000 in the coming days and am wondering if anyone has any idea what the GVWR on this bike is, or what your experiences are with carrying a lot of weight on the bike. I ask because myself and my wife are not small individuals, and I'm curious as to if we're going to make the Goldwing hate its new owners.

Thanks



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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:19 pm

I hope this answers your question...

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby bacchus451 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:08 pm

Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for, although it is woefully low for the two of us unfortunately. Are there any sort of things that I could do to up that vehicle capacity? Probably better springs/brakes/tires?

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:22 pm

The tires are the stickler.You can only put on one size and they do have a limit for safety.
The bike really can't be redesigned to increase the load capacity by much.

Probably time to do like the Wing Admin......Get her a bike too... :D

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:42 pm

Honda was pretty conservative in terms of GVWR, I see plenty of users with bags and two up. Yet north of 400 lbs does not seem wise to me.

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby portugeezer » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:47 pm

I'm not recommending this but I have had well over 400lbs on mine. There is a guy who lives somewhere in my town who is seen riding all over on a CB 750. This guy is huge I'm guessing over 400lbs. On top of that his wife or girlfriend who believe it or not rides on the same bike with him looks to be somewhere around 300lbs! I see this guy riding around every summer. The bike looks stock to me. Just sayin'

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:19 pm

It all boils down to the safety load limit of the tires...There stamped on them...
It does not include the 650lbs of the bike either or weight distribution.
You could overload them for a short slow drive and be reasonably safe ....but I have had overloaded truck tires separate from the case at 50mph.




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