New guy restoring a GL1100


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New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:30 pm



I'm most of the way done with my 1981 GL1100 interstate restoration. I'd been lurking and referencing the site as I went along. Thanks for all the good info. I finally joined. I'm currently in the process of wiring up aftermarket gauges and am hoping the schematic helps me out...I'm hoping to be done with the bike by Thanksgiving...



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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:33 pm



:D
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:05 pm

I think someone likes photo's, hey I like photo's too...welcome to the site...everyone wants to see your 81.... :D

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby brianinpa » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:19 pm

The older they are, the better they are but no pictures means it didn't happen.
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:43 pm

What he said......
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:44 pm

It's still a work in progress...It's pretty much bone stock. Ok. Kidding. Goldwing purists may want to exit now...

Before its recent update:


Joking around a friend called it the Goldwing RR Project and that kind of stuck. It was completely disassembled. Every part I could replace with new I did. Every mod/update I have read about on this site and a couple others has been or will be done. It's lowered 2" and has some non-goldwing parts. Seat is off an Eddie Lawson replica kawasaki, with some creative torch heating of the pan to make it fit. Shocks are Harley VROD. Exhaust is Harley sportster. Its got a vapor digital gauge set up. Aftermarket cowl. California Sidecar. It's a smaller side car made for vespa scooters. Painted Porsche Speed Yellow. The graphics were done by guy close to me. We bounced ideas off each other and came up with the ace theme ala ducati as we call it. They are printed with metallic ink (pics dont do them justice. They are not laminated, then buried under the clear. The tank graphics I had made, which were the old honda wings, I didn't like. I am going to add them after the fact. I still have to sand and buff the paint. Wrap up a few odds and ends, and finish painting the sidecar. When I stripped it down, it was a mess. I decided to get the bike back mostly together before tacking the sidecar..... The bike is sitting a little high in the pictures. The harley shocks are adjusted to their highest setting and I need to get the harley wrench to let them down. I also suspect the progressive springs in the front end will settle down some......The bike runs pretty well. I have some sort of backfire issue that I am in the process of hunting down. I'm thinking carbs need a rebuild, but am exploring every other cause before I tackle that....

After:




Engine cleaned, soda blasted, polished and painted.

Two coats of clear, sanded with 1000. Two more coats applied after...
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:57 pm

Nice looking cycle there fella...I wish you could just let me have it,,, I will save you some money I promise :shock: , See you won't have to put and more money into it, I can take it off you're hands so you don't have to put in anymore gasoline..Which cost money, so see there I will save you money... :lol: I love that color yellow perfect... :D what kind of paint what color is it by # please, I plan to maybe get another project going and I want it that yellow..I think I will paint my frame dark red though..

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:16 pm

WOW....!

I am glad I asked for pictures...That is first class all the way..
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby Oddbirdwithbrokewing » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:11 pm

That seat looks like it fits great! I have a 83 in progress...should say 'slow progress'...any chance you could post some close ups of the seat. I plan on building my own but solo

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:46 pm

I will post up some pictures of the seat but you may be less than impressed with the way it was done. It looks ok, but it's one of the things I am living with until I can find something better. Basically, the pan is plastic. It was heated with an oxygen/acetalene torch till it was soft then pressed into shape on the frame (in other words heated and smashed down till it conformed). Good old backyard engineering at its finest! It took quite a few goes and you need to watch the heat, so you soften the pan but don't burn anything up. The tab for mounting on the gas tank was grafted on using the same method but with enough heat for it to melt to attach. I had also considered cutting it down to a solo seat, and I think it could easily be done. The problem is the rear frame rails and fenders would show too much...

I really wanted to use a different seat. There is a guy on one of the forums that used what he said was a Triumph speed triple seat off a 2000-2004. I happen to own one of those bikes and there is no way it's the seat he used. It might have been a late model speedie seat or off a sprint or other model. Whatever seat he used looked awesome. I didn't want to gamble and get the wrong seat...but this would have been my second choice.

I really considered using a VROD seat. If you can secure a seat, rear fender, fender liner, fasteners and a rear light, its almost a perfect fit outside the frame rails, with just a little massaging the front of the plastic where it goes under the seat. This whole set up would have been my first choice. They also make an aluminum fender which further interested me. The problem that I couldn't overcome was the price tag. I think the cheapest I could hobble it all together was about $600. In the future I may go with this set up if I can find all the parts...

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby brianinpa » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:04 am

That looks great! What is the story with the rear fender? It doesn't appear to be stock.
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:39 am

brianinpa wrote:That looks great! What is the story with the rear fender? It doesn't appear to be stock.


LOL you guys are going to think I am a total hack... but I'll spill... The seat wasn't my only issue. I couldn't find a rear fender other than the above mentioned VROD set up. My wife and I were walking thru TSC (Tractor Supply) and I noticed their trailer fenders. There was one that looked like it could work... so I picked it up. About 15 minutes of heating and hammering and some cutting it fit very well. It also covers completely down to the gas tank, so dirt will be less of an issue than the cut and rolled stock fender that was previously used.. In the picture the bike is sitting high so the fender doesn't look right...but it does about 3/4" lower..which will happen with the shocks...

Here are the pictures of the seat. A bit ugly....




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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby brianinpa » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:20 pm

busarider007 wrote: My wife and I were walking thru TSC (Tractor Supply) and I noticed their trailer fenders.


I was thinking it looked like it was from a boat trailer. Doesn't mean you a hack... just mean you are resourceful.
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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:24 pm

I have to say that you have turned that into one sweet ride. That motor looks awesome.

I had an 84 GL Standard/sidecar back in the 90's that I built low and wide with an early Companion body, next size up from yours, mounted out close to the sidecar wheel. Also built a six gallon aluminum tank and mounted it just behind the sidecar wheel not only to extend the range but to help keep the wheel down while annoying the go fasters on the Ortega Hwy. Combined with a car tire on the rear and links on the front and a sidecar brake it was quick through the twisties. A friend still rides it.

Not sure from the pictures but when you did your exhaust did you change it to four into one? I want to do that to my 83 rig I'm putting together and if you did I would love to see more pics of how you did it.

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:24 pm

I have to say that you have turned that into one sweet ride. That motor looks awesome.

I had an 84 GL Standard/sidecar back in the 90's that I built low and wide with an early Companion body, next size up from yours, mounted out close to the sidecar wheel. Also built a six gallon aluminum tank and mounted it just behind the sidecar wheel not only to extend the range but to help keep the wheel down while annoying the go fasters on the Ortega Hwy. Combined with a car tire on the rear and links on the front and a sidecar brake it was quick through the twisties. A friend still rides it.

Not sure from the pictures but when you did your exhaust did you change it to four into one? I want to do that to my 83 rig I'm putting together and if you did I would love to see more pics of how you did it.

OK! MORE PATIENCE NEXT TIME AND NO MORE DOUBLE POSTS! :roll:

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:39 pm

Thanks... I would love to darkside the rear tire but I don't think I can with the 1100. I am going to mount a car battery behind the seat of the sidecar for some ballast. The exhaust is sportster take offs. The stock exhaust was cut just at what I would call the collector on a car exhaust. I welded a fitting from napa in and gabbed up the hangers. The fitting is a 13/4 to 1/58. It fits perfectly.

This is the best picture I have of the hanger.


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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby sparrowhawwk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:08 pm

If you find the steering a little heavy with the short bars and stock front end geometry shoot me a PM and I'll draw you a sketch of how to cure it. That is going to be a fun ride.

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby busarider007 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:52 pm

This project is almost finished! Just have to address the carbs, install gauges and a few other odds and ends..








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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:13 pm

what a special treat for me...I love opening a post and seeing something really cool, progress, time invested, creativity ect...I'm most inpressed with your work...Thanks for the special treat... :D

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Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

Postby sparrowhawwk » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:21 pm

I've seen a lot of really neat rigs in my time but that is just too cool. I love it. Because I am building a complete new model sidecar I will be putting on my 83 I am still a ways out. I have decided to build a set of links for the front and will be doing a custom wheel for the rear to accept a car tire. I will also be doing a four into one similar to yours. That might allow me some room on the right side for an auxillary fuel tank. I like a minimum 300 mile range.




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