Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain


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Howarth
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Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby Howarth » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:57 pm



Greetings! I recently purchased an ’82 Standard or ‘naked’ Wing with 14,000 original miles on the clock. She is a beauty and I think will show well. However, when riding in the neutral position, I suffer with serious back pain. I hate to have to trailer it behind the car. As I am returning to riding after a long absence, I need help finding a source for parts and/or ways to modify the seating position. Any ideas? I also ride a 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 with ergonomics that permit me to lean back and stretch my legs out. This really helps, so am thinking about purchasing 4 inch risers at least and a good backrest. In addition to finding a source for a good backrest and risers, I also wonder where and/or what type of footrest can be mounted on the engine crash bars? Or, does anyone have any suggestions for forward controls. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:20 pm

I don't know how well a set of 4" risers will work on your bike there, you may have issues with some of your lines, like the brake line or the clutch line or something like that... Don't really know but I would think you would have issues....Maybe someone else that's done it can help you out, Ebay is a great source for parts if you can't find what you need here in the wanted section.... :D Highway pegs can be added to the lower bar but you will find it to be a little ackward...Some times you can find a set of crash bars that have a vertical piece at the front bend, those are rare but if you are lucky they are the best to get because the footpegs can be fastened to the vertical pipe yours in the photo does not have one, but I have seen them before..

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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:50 am

add a backrest.remove and replace the center of the seat cushion foam with some new material.add foot rests to the crash bars.remember, they are offset by about a inch so the right one is mounted on the bar further back than the left.measure from the rear pegs to get them even.use floor plates not pegs and angle them back and in to keep your feet level.

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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:44 pm

Here is a photo of the crash bar that I was refering to, it has the highway peg still installed , I may just get these for myself and clean them up...I know that http://www.ebay.com/itm/83-HONDA-GL1100 ... s&vxp=mtrt vertical bar would do the trick...

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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby seabee_ » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:41 pm

A back rest will be a big improvement for the back pains. It will make a difference when riding. Markland makes one that can adjust forwards and back for a good fit.
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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby Howarth » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:06 pm

virgilmobile wrote:add a backrest.remove and replace the center of the seat cushion foam with some new material.add foot rests to the crash bars.remember, they are offset by about a inch so the right one is mounted on the bar further back than the left.measure from the rear pegs to get them even.use floor plates not pegs and angle them back and in to keep your feet level.


Thanks Virgilmobile. Here is a footrest pedal similar to what you described I suspect:

http://wingstuff.com/products/22170-uni ... nds-gl1100

Although they are a bit pricey, if they can help make it possible to ride a few hundred kilometres, I will be very happy indeed.

Also, do you know of a store that sells risers that could tell me if I put 4 inch risers with perhaps something like a 2 inch rise and 1.5 inch pull-back, I will need to change out the cables?

I think I have found a good backrest and am preparing to rebuild the seat with more foam and in the right places. I have a friend with a GL1000 seat for me. Do you know if it might fit the '82 GL1100? Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Found "new" 1100 but need help with back pain

Postby Howarth » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:21 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I don't know how well a set of 4" risers will work on your bike there, you may have issues with some of your lines, like the brake line or the clutch line or something like that... Don't really know but I would think you would have issues....Maybe someone else that's done it can help you out, Ebay is a great source for parts if you can't find what you need here in the wanted section.... :D Highway pegs can be added to the lower bar but you will find it to be a little ackward...Some times you can find a set of crash bars that have a vertical piece at the front bend, those are rare but if you are lucky they are the best to get because the footpegs can be fastened to the vertical pipe yours in the photo does not have one, but I have seen them before..


Thanks for the suggestions. I am trying to identify a supplier for risers who might know if they will fit without modifications to the cables. Also, I found a coupel of clamps that might work well on my bars without having to replace them with one that have a verticle member:

http://wingstuff.com/products/22170-uni ... nds-gl1100
http://wingstuff.com/products/3452-foot ... nds-gl1100




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