Hondaline saddlebags and trunk


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Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby aznyaz » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:06 pm



My 81 GL1100I is equipped with Hondaline saddlebags and trunk. The trunk is cracking at the latch. I have 2 questions. 1. What's the best way to fix/patch the hole AND 2. Is there a Hondaline or aftermarket backrest available that will attach to the trunk mounting frame. I will include some photos.
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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:35 am

ABS cement the black stuff for pipes is what you shoudl use to fix the cracking..some grind up some pipe and mix it with the cement . Or cut pieces of ABs plastic to cover the problem area and then bond it with the abs cement..it's a chemical bond it melts the old surface and bonds with the new..

There are several how to's on this process on the Saunders site..

No back rest I know of..
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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby aznyaz » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:00 am

Thanks. I saw the "how to" for the trunk rack reinforcing on our site. I figured I could use the same techniques for my situation. Could I use fiberglass and resin to do the same thing or is it incompatible with the ABS of the trunk.

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:27 pm

Fiberglass and epoxy resin is strong, and it will stick to the ABS - initially. However, it expands and contracts at a different rate than ABS, so eventually it will just crack free of the ABS and your repair will fail. ABS also flexes where epoxy is stiff and brittle, further weakening the repair. The strongest, best, permanent repair is to use pieces of ABS, permanently bonded in place with ABS cement.

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby aznyaz » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:32 pm

Thanks. I read several of your posts on the merits of ABS so I think I'll go that route. Probably get a heat gun as my wife won't appreciate the smell in the house.

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby aznyaz » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:01 pm

I started this post back in September but have not done my ABS repair yet.

I do have another need, though. The Hondaline trunk has an integral passenger backrest which in my case is now gone since the 2 tabs with snaps have deteriorated and the thing was only being held on with the one upper snap that attached to the trunk lid. It probably blew off this past Monday since my wife and I took a ride Saturday and it was in place then, and I didn't ride at all on Sunday. Does anyone know where I can find any Hondaline stuff for an 81 Gl 1100?

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby IAAustin » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:46 pm

I have the same luggage you do. I've seen eBay has some Hondaline parts. I'm wondering if maybe you could ride to an upholstry shop and get a quote on how much it would be for them to make a replacement. Wouldnt think it would cost too much. Then you could have a thicker foam insert instead of an old worn out one for more comfort for your wife.

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby Wilcoy02 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:58 pm

instead of fiberglass I have used drywall stickinjg tape. Works great and not as messy as fiberglass.

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Re: Hondaline saddlebags and trunk

Postby made2care » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:15 pm

There is a backrest and they are very rare. I got lucky with my new purchase which already had the backrest.




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