1982 Goldwing


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1982 Goldwing

Postby tulsadutch » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:10 pm



I just purchased a 1982 Goldwing GL1100 with 36,000 on it. It was garage kept and apparently suffered more from neglect than anything. Since I had not ridden a goldwing wing before the running boards made locating the rear brake and the heel toe shifter a little un-nerving, I've been used to riding Metric so I'm used to different controls. Any suggestions?



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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby HALBUDD » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:58 pm

Had the same problem when I bought my 84 aspey could not get my big foot up to the breaks very easily. I also had trouble remembering witch way to shift with heel toe shifter. I took them off and put the stock pegs back on. No problems now and I prefer the old style just my 2cents. Hal
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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:19 pm

It took me about an hour to get used to the heal/toe shifter.I like the extra room the floorboards offer me,more positions to place my feet on those longer rides I like to take. The brake pedal can be adjusted a bit up or down to fit your needs better.
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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby Coder » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:00 am

I wear boots rather than shoes, both for work and when riding, so I don't have the ankle flexibility to get my heel on the pedal on a heel-toe shifter typically found with boards. On a recent visit to a showroom, I saw an HD roadking with boards, but the unusual part was that there was only a toe shift, no heel part to it! I tried sitting on it and found that the toe shift was actually very comfortable to use, even with a floorboard, and despite being an HD!!

Possibly by cutting off the heel shift, and raising the height of the toe shift to leave room for the toe to slip underneath for upshifting, it could be a compromise. Sliding the heel forward on the board naturally raises the toe onto the pedal, and without too much effort, even in boots, I could still get my toe under the pedal!

Slightly OT, but in the same showroom, they had a couple of 2012 1800 wings. Great looking bikes till I sat on one - man, that's like the pilots console in a 747! What the heck are all those buttons and switches for???

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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:36 pm

I toooo have a 1982 A, and it does take some time to get use to the toe-Heal shifter.Just when I was getting use
to that set up, I took a 5 hour ride and I dumped the bike a couple of times. Off came the boards and toe-Heal shifter so I could get my short legs closer to the bike. This did help, along with lowering the seat two inches. But the wife will still not get on with me.So I'm looking at kits to install, just to take the little woman along with me.
Of coarse I'm not as strong as I was in younger years being 72 now.....

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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby PAPete » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:12 am

WA9FWT wrote:This did help, along with lowering the seat two inches.
WA9FWT Phil

Phil,
I have an '82 -1100 also. How did you go about lowering the seat?

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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby tulsadutch » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:22 pm

Well it didn't take long.......... I went out today and rode a bunch of miles so now the running boards and heel toe shifter isn't a problem at all. I guess riding a motorcycle is just like riding a bike, once you learn it it comes back.
I only had one set back, when I got back home I discovered the lower fairing cover (where the radio would be if it was on the right side) had some how come off but I didn't notice it until after I got back home. I guess I'll now have to go to a bike salvage and find another to replace it.

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Re: 1982 Goldwing

Postby WA9FWT » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:35 pm

PAPete wrote:
WA9FWT wrote:This did help, along with lowering the seat two inches.
WA9FWT Phil

Phil,
I have an '82 -1100 also. How did you go about lowering the seat?

Thanks, Pete


I took the seat in too the tune of $240.00......I had no idea it was going to cost me that much.But I didn't ask
either when I dropped it off.Next time I will do it my self, I guess it's not that hard to do.It is 2 inches lower now
which helped a lot. i could lower some with replacing the rear shocks. but at this point I may just put a wheel kit on, so the wife can ride with me.
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