my winter project


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my winter project

Postby gunnar1955 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:24 am



I have my 82 dream machine and an 83 I wan't to turn into a local rider. My question is how do I adapt a headlight where the counterweight was? Where do I find one.



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Re: my winter project

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:58 pm

Why would you want to remove the counterweight, I don't understand...How about you tell us more so we understand what you are trying to do... are you wanting to place a headlight in that location, is there something wrong with the original location in the fairing...??? Please don't get mad but help us understand what you are after.. :D

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Re: my winter project

Postby triwing » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:29 pm

Are you going for a stripped down, bobber/street fighter type? If so some do draw your eye. Lots of options.

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Re: my winter project

Postby gunnar1955 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:33 am

I'm looking to strip it down and mount a headlight where the counterweight is. I won't need the weight with the fairing gone

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Re: my winter project

Postby triwing » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:53 pm

Sorry, I dont know what or where the counter weight is, or it's mission in life. A counter weight on a fork lift I understand, on a motor the same. It's function is what it say's I'm sure but I don't get it,please explain. A stripped turbo with nitros might be a real rush me think

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Re: my winter project

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:25 pm

Gunnar1955, I think I understand what you are looking for sir, I pulled this video of a bike off youtube and I think the guy there might have you're answers, just contact him....good luck sir..


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Re: my winter project

Postby gunnar1955 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:59 am

that's close to what i'm looking for, thanks for the info.

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Re: my winter project

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:03 am

triwing wrote:Sorry, I dont know what or where the counter weight is, or it's mission in life. A counter weight on a fork lift I understand, on a motor the same. It's function is what it say's I'm sure but I don't get it,please explain. A stripped turbo with nitros might be a real rush me think


The original Goldwing came without a fairing, and had the headlight mounted on the front of the forks - it turned with the front wheel. The weight of the headlight assembly hanging off the front added dynamic stability to the steering system, and reduced the resonant wobble frequency of the steering system below that which could easily be induced by bumps on the road.

When the fairing was added, the headlight was removed from the steering system, and moved to the fairing. In order to maintain the damping/resonant frequency stability, a heavy metal counterweight was added to the front of the forks where the headlight used to go.

You can see pictures and a better explanation here: fork weight question

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Re: my winter project

Postby BigSwede » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:12 pm

As to the purpose of the counterweight, what WingAdmin said!

When I "Nakedized" my '83, I got a headlight/shell on eBay, had a hard time finding original headlight mounts for a decent price so I bought some universal ones from Dime City Cycles (http://dimecitycycles.com). Found cheap turn signals and clamps on eBay. The hardest part was moving all the wiring that was inside the counterweight into the headlight shell. I also replaced the single filament sockets in the new signals with the dual filament sockets from the fairing so the signals would act as running lights like the fairing lights did. Here's some pictures of my light setup:



These are the brackets I bought from Dime City:

http://www.dimecitycycles.com/vintage-c ... -1440.html

And the rest of the bike:





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Re: my winter project

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:26 pm

Is that an altimeter? way cool!

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Re: my winter project

Postby BigSwede » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:32 pm

Yup, altimeter and clock, both from eBay. The clock is from Ukraine, mechanical Soviet aircraft clock, supposedly for MIG fighter.
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Re: my winter project

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:20 pm

What do you use for your altimeter setting? Or do you check ATIS before you leave? :)

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Re: my winter project

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:16 pm

Altimeter? Realy? :roll: Regards, Johnyy

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Re: my winter project

Postby mrefudd » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:45 am

bigswede's bike is beautiful. its what i want to do to my '83 aspencade over the winter. i wish i could swap the digi-dash for ordinary clocks but i think they'll have to stay. i dont think you can swap um. lovely bike though BigSwede, its a credit to ya.




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