1978 GL1000 GVWR


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1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by 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.

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:19 pm

I hope this answers your question...

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:38 pm

Hey Virgil, I hope you're dealing with your flood damage rebuild well. I'm thinking about you.
I'm going to resurrect this antique thread for a quick question, since my bike's way down in the shed and packed away, and I don't want to go to all the trouble of uncovering it to check the info. on the label. If the bike weighs 601 lbs. dry, would the official GVWR that one may apply to some legal document be 961 lbs. (601 +360)? And is that likely what's indicated on the label?

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:12 pm

Solina Dave wrote:Hey Virgil, I hope you're dealing with your flood damage rebuild well. I'm thinking about you.
I'm going to resurrect this antique thread for a quick question, since my bike's way down in the shed and packed away, and I don't want to go to all the trouble of uncovering it to check the info. on the label. If the bike weighs 601 lbs. dry, would the official GVWR that one may apply to some legal document be 961 lbs. (601 +360)? And is that likely what's indicated on the label?

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You'd really have to subtract the 5 gallons of gas, the almost gallon of oil and the coolant from that 360 lbs.

Maybe 50 lbs ?

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:20 pm

Of course. The fuel, oil, and coolant would be part of the 360 lbs., as would the fairing and bags, and gear.With all that stuff onboard, I'll have to go on a diet to stay legal. :lol:
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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:02 pm

Short of looking at the tag or possibly the title,the closest thing I can come up with is this image from Google.This 78 list GVWR at 1010 lbs.
About what I expected.I think the 77 was 1000 lbs GVWR
My 88 is 1270...tires..front 600,rear 853.

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by Solina Dave » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:31 am

Thanks for the image Virgil. That kind of settles it. My '78 GL weighs 601 lbs. dry. If as the image indicates, GVWR is 1010 lbs. that gives me 409 lbs. of legal load. A full load of fuel, oil, and coolant weighs 45 lbs. My Krauser side cases weigh 50 lbs. with rated load, and the top case is 16 lbs with rated load. The mounting hardware is about 10 lbs. The Windjammer SS fairing with lowers is roughly 40lbs. That's a total of 160 lbs. With 409 lbs. available, I'm left with 249 lbs. That's about what I weigh, so I'm lucky that I ride solo. A few things in the fairing, and a 20 lb. duffle bag on the back seat, and I'm good-to-go.

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Re: 1978 GL1000 GVWR

Post by dingdong » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:13 am

Nothing to worry about.



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