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Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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DirtyFoker
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Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:00 pm



Hello my name is Devon,
I am new (joined July 28, 2013) as I have recently bought a 1978 Goldwing GL1000. It's in pretty good shape, and it had collector plates on it. My plan is to turn it, from stock, in to a Café Racer style.
I will be working on the bike as a riding/project, so the progress may be slow, but I am enjoying the bike.

This is my first project (and my first bike), so I will have questions as I go along (some I am sure will be silly, but hey...I won't know if I don't ask).

Looking forward to obtaining some advise :)

Cheers,
Devon



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spookytooth
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Location: Houghton Lake, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1979 gl1000

Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:49 pm

Excellent choice! I turned my 79 into a cafe racer. I may be able to help you with parts and such. Let me know and welcome!

DirtyFoker
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Re: Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:27 am

Thank you Spookytooth,
I do have one question to start... The first thing I would like to look at is a seat for my MC... I have done some searching on line, but there doesn't appear to be too much out there...(one or two possible Cafe seats on eBay).
Did you change your seat? And if so what did you do, eBay, or a custom shop...?

Any suggestions are welcome...

Cheers,
Devon

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spookytooth
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Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:19 am

I ordered my seat from a place called Omar's Dirt Track Racing out of California. It's the wide cafe fender...


DirtyFoker
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Re: Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:50 pm

Great looking bike mate!

Thank you for the advice, I will check out their webpage and see what they have to offer.
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spookytooth
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Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:30 pm

Believe it or not...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GV ... UTF8&psc=1

They are very quiet but maintain good back pressure.

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vonzoog
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Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:45 am
Location: Delaware
Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000

Re: Hello

Postby vonzoog » Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:02 am

Check out Corbin seats. Look for the Goldwing Gunslinger seat. Good looking and comfortable, plus you ordered the way you want it.
Everything Old is Cool again.

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Fred Camper
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Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: Hello

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:32 pm

You do need to decide if the seat is for one up or two up. It matters. You may get friend to ride on the back of a gunfighter once, but maybe not again.

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vonzoog
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Re: Hello

Postby vonzoog » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:35 pm

Fred Camper wrote:You do need to decide if the seat is for one up or two up. It matters. You may get friend to ride on the back of a gunfighter once, but maybe not again.


You are absolutely correct. But I thought he was looking for a café racer style seat.
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Fred Camper
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Re: Hello

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:52 pm

vonzoog wrote:
Fred Camper wrote:You do need to decide if the seat is for one up or two up. It matters. You may get friend to ride on the back of a gunfighter once, but maybe not again.


You are absolutely correct. But I thought he was looking for a café racer style seat.


Exactly right, as a Cafe does not typically allow any two up activity. So your suggestion was a good one.

DirtyFoker
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Motorcycle: 1978 Honda Goldwing GL1000

Re: Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:40 am

SpookyTooth...The again thank you for the information. The exhaust is a down the road project. I still am looking for a seat. Is the saddle you have on yours comfortable?

Vonzoog...I checked out the Corbin seat...Very nice... I'm a fan of the simple sleek lines.

Fred Camper...I am looking for the Café Racer style seat, but having two up it is something to consider. I still have the stock seat for the bike if push came to shove...

Thank you for the advice guys... Very helpful stuff... :)

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spookytooth
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Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:20 pm

If you're concerned with comfort the cafe set-up may not be for you... That being said the seat is as comfortable as it could be...

DirtyFoker
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Re: Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:19 pm

Cheers...
I'm pretty keen on the cafe style... I was just trying to figure out if the bike would be fine for a day ride without feeling like I'm sitting on a board. I'm sure it will be fine for what I am looking for...

Devon

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spookytooth
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Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:14 pm

I am sitting down for dinner in the middle of a 250 mile ride. My butt feels fine; it's my back that's sore..

DirtyFoker
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Re: Hello

Postby DirtyFoker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:26 pm

Nice...
Copy pack Advil for the long rides... :)

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spookytooth
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Re: Hello

Postby spookytooth » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:47 pm

280 miles. She never missed a beat. Averaged about 46 mpg. Except... the odometer cable that's been twitching for a coupla weeks finally let go. Oh well, I knew it was going to happen. I already had one saved to my ebay shopping cart...

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Fred Camper
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Re: Hello

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:24 pm

Went on a 1700 mile ride during July. Had to add fuel on occasion (40 to 50 mpg). Other than fuel, she asked for nothing. How can a 37 year old be so reliable? Not sure, they just are once the electrics are solid.




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