1978 GL1000


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TheRobbie1950
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1978 GL1000

Postby TheRobbie1950 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:26 pm



I have a 1978 GL1000 with a Vetter Windjammer SS fairing on it. I lost the right turn signal lens last fall and I am now advertising if someone has one locally for me.
I have been getting some replies and now my point. One guy emailed me that he has a Windjammer fairing and matching hard luggage including trunk, windshield, headlight etc.
I went to have a look and I would like to make the deal. My worry is that I do not know if the windjammer (no SS) would fit my bike, and the luggage mounts differently as well.
My old bags slide in from the top and lock on top by turning a key on the top. His bags slide in sideways and lock from the other end.

Apparently the whole set that he is selling was from a goldwing another guy had, but he has no way of contacting him as far as the age of the goldwing that the luggage came from. He also has the mounting brackets, so I would think I can make this all work.

As you may have guessed I haven't got a clue about what will fit what, so any ideas will be greatly appreciated.



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landisr
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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby landisr » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:14 pm

As for the Windjammer fairings, I'm pretty sure the SS and 'standard' Vetters use the same mounting points on the brackets, so the other/new fairing should bolt right up on your bracket should you decide to do the swap. With regards to the saddlebags and top trunk, your avatar picture shows a set of Samsonite or Hondaline units which definitely mount differently from the Vetter equipment. However,,, knowing that Vetter luggage was only built and sold for Standard Gold Wings (ie not Interstate models, etc), and that very few 1984 Standards were sold, you/we are likely only looking at compatibility issues with the 1000 and 1100 Gold Wings as far as the rear frame is concerned. It is my opinion (and only that) that all 1000s have similar rear frames, and that possibly the 1100s are very similar. Hopefully other, more informed members will jump in here to validate or discredit this. But bottom line, I would think you would be ok trying to mount the Vetter system on your bike with little or no modification. As a plus, if you have no plans to use your present luggage, I think they would sell for a decent price which would offset some of the cost of the Vetter equipment.

Let us know how it goes.

Ron in AZ

PS. If shipping from Canada wasn't so expensive I would be interested in buying your 'old' luggage. :roll:
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Fred Camper
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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:01 pm

My fear is that communicate failed and the unit is not to a GL1000 at all. Too many folks think a CB750 with a fairing and bags is a Goldwing. So I would get some kind of insurance from the seller that if they do not work you get your money back.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby SnoBrdr » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Fred Camper wrote:My fear is that communicate failed and the unit is not to a GL1000 at all. Too many folks think a CB750 with a fairing and bags is a Goldwing. So I would get some kind of insurance from the seller that if they do not work you get your money back.


Were not the fairings and bags the same only with different mounting hardware?

Or he could contact Craig Vetter thru is page.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby TheRobbie1950 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:47 am

Thanks for the input about fairings, and yes the windjammer without the "SS" will fit my GL1000.
As for the bags, the mounting hardware is totally different than my current samsonite bags, however I found out that when I removed the old mounting brackets that I then did not have the rear grab bar that goes around the seat that is used in the mounting of the vetter bag system.
So now I am on the hunt for the gl1000 grab bar before I can successfully mount the new(used) bags.
Also I want to get new rear shocks for the bike. The old ones are leaking badly.
Any help in these areas will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:51 am

TheRobbie1950 wrote:Thanks for the input about fairings, and yes the windjammer without the "SS" will fit my GL1000.
As for the bags, the mounting hardware is totally different than my current samsonite bags, however I found out that when I removed the old mounting brackets that I then did not have the rear grab bar that goes around the seat that is used in the mounting of the vetter bag system.
So now I am on the hunt for the gl1000 grab bar before I can successfully mount the new(used) bags.
Also I want to get new rear shocks for the bike. The old ones are leaking badly.
Any help in these areas will be greatly appreciated.


Good luck on finding the grab bar.

They are getting a fortune for them.

Cheapest one on Ebay currently is $93 USD and they go up from there.

You either have to find someone nice to sell you one cheap or buy one from someone who doesn't know what they have.

Good luck.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby TheRobbie1950 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:08 am

Yeah snobrdr, that is what I am thinking also.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:38 am

TheRobbie1950 wrote:Yeah snobrdr, that is what I am thinking also.


You might think of fabricating or re-purposing another piece of metal for that job.

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Re: 1978 GL1000

Postby TheRobbie1950 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:50 am

Fabricating it will be a last resort............ ;)




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