gl1000 potential


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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hotrodhellbilly
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gl1000 potential

Postby hotrodhellbilly » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:59 pm



alright fellas! my old 77 gl1000 is a heck of a bike, so far ive stripped her down, fixed some major issues and a few minor ones, basically ive got her to the point that shes a complete, working running bike with a few small wrinkles, and i must admitt for a big heavy machine, the handling on this bike is far beyond any expectations i could have had, this things handling is on par with my old honda hurricane 600, i dont know how thats possible but i love the ride and the feel of the bike, and the comfort of the ride on the highway, being in saskatchewan thats key.

now the question for me is, how can i get this thing to make more power without sacrificing practicality? basically looking for some simple upgrades or mods that can be done to up the pony a bit without making the thing useless in the rain and things like that, like ignition system upgrades, or air box mods, or whatevers out there for these bikes. any and all advice is appreciated, im brand new to these machines and have no idea what theyre really capable of, but i can tell you that having ridden a 350 pound chopper with a 76 kawasaki oval track race bike motor for a heart the last six or seven years, im used to having quite a bit more git up and go haha



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artgrantz
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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby artgrantz » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:57 am

Your bike will run better with an electronic ignition. Very easy to install in place of points. Here's an ebay link but they are also available at the major accessory suppliers.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nkw=1976-Honda-GL1000-GL-1000-Goldwing-Dyna-electronic-ignition-

hotrodhellbilly
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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby hotrodhellbilly » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:50 pm

should have mentioned shes already got that.

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Fred Camper
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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:34 pm

Folks have put on a supercharger, mavey that is what you need. Check out Randakk , but you will need to do some fab work. Another option is a1200 engine while retaining your 1000 heads. I question if your carbs are really all there as a 1977 can do a 12:40 in a quarter mile run and from what you communicate it does not sound like your getting that.

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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby portugeezer » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:30 pm

I had a 1994 Magna and that bike was much faster than my 1976 Goldwing. The Magna will do 12.9. I'm finding quarter mile times for a GL1000 to be at 13.47. My bike runs good but not perfect and I doubt it could do that. I wouldn't call it slow but it's not fast at all! I would say my little Honda Magna V30 is about as fast but my 1982 Silverwing is much slower! I think it has a lot to do with what you have ridden before. IMO Goldwings are made more for long distance cruising than speed! When I had the 1983 Aspencade that bike was a lot faster! Better carbs!

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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby artgrantz » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:49 pm

portugeezer wrote:I had a 1994 Magna and that bike was much faster than my 1976 Goldwing. The Magna will do 12.9. I'm finding quarter mile times for a GL1000 to be at 13.47. My bike runs good but not perfect and I doubt it could do that. I wouldn't call it slow but it's not fast at all! I would say my little Honda Magna V30 is about as fast but my 1982 Silverwing is much slower! I think it has a lot to do with what you have ridden before. IMO Goldwings are made more for long distance cruising than speed! When I had the 1983 Aspencade that bike was a lot faster! Better carbs!

Portugeezer is right, GoldWings are not designed for quickness. I rode a Magna at the Honda Homecoming years ago and was surprised at how fast it was compared to my GoldWing. If you want a fast bike you should buy a fast bike. JMHO.

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Re: gl1000 potential

Postby hotrodhellbilly » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:16 pm

oh ive got a fast bike. im not looking for anything ridiculous, just a few simple tricks to boost er up a bit. i wouldnt even try a quarter mile time with this thing, lol 13 seconds or more? my suzuki track bike runs on alcohol and im hoping when it makes its first actual timed run its in the neighbourhood of 7 seconds or faster. besides that i have a kawasaki rigid chopper with a mutant half jdm, half euro race bike engine 650 (circa 1976), twelve thousand rpm and a curb weight of 340 pounds. lol. no, i dont need a fast bike. i just want a few more ponies out of my daily rider.




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