Some basic questions as I begin a new project.


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scottca
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Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby scottca » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:55 pm



Hey Guys, new to the GL crowd but been riding and customizing all my life. I recently inherited Dads 85' Gl1200A. She's beautiful and in mint condition, everything works and she only has 41k on the dial...

Now is where we get into the real of sacrilegious...I'm going to strip it and build a street fighter out of it. I'll do my best to not modify the frame so that I could possibly be returned to full stock. The things I'm wondering about are what everyones thoughts are on progressive front springs and brake upgrades. I've been readng on here for about a week and think I'm formed some opinions but wanted to toss it out there as a more general topic.

$$ aside, if you could do anything to hype out the performance on your 1200, what would you do?

Also, what tank besides the gl1200 standard fits well on this frame? Need to replace the glove box/ tank I've got right now. I was thinking maybe an old 305 honda dream tank...

thanks



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jhngardner367
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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby jhngardner367 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:03 pm

WELCOME ! The Gl1200 fuel tank is IN the frame,and I don't know of any that will fit ON it.
Progressive front forks are great. I had them on my first 'Wing,and I'm putting them on this one,also.
Brakes can be upgraded,certainly,but not cheaply.
As far as stripping it for that matter,if it has the digital dash/gauges,it will be more problematic,since some systems are linked.
I'm sure others that have done it can give you the specifics.
I'm busier than a one-legged cat,in a sandbox !
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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:00 am

The brakes are quite capable for the bike, but upgrading the brake LINES to braided stainless steel will make a huge difference.

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filupsd
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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby filupsd » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:10 am

I just put Progressive Fork springs in my 84 GL1200 "naked" when I was replacing the seals. I think they are great! The ride feel of the steering has greatly improved and it feels a lot better in the corners. As is said mine is a Standard bike like what you are considering doing to this one so the ride should be similar. Have fun with the project and post photos as you go.

scottca
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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby scottca » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:16 pm

Thanks guys. I was aware of the 'real' tank location. I was just wondering if there was one that you all had seen that looked sweet as a dummy tank. I've been looking it over and am deciding that maybe this will be a way bigger headache than its worth electronicly. My bike has the LCD display for everything, no analog anywhere except ODO. So unless I can find a sweet dummy tank to flush mount that display into...which could work, I'd have to get all new gages etc.

As of now some def. changes in store are the progressive front springs and steel brake lines all around. The master cylinders for the braking system and the clutch have all been recently rebuilt as well as the calipers themselves. Carbs were recently synced and all new fluids last fall. This old girl fires up without hesitation and runs like a top...just wish my wife and I could fit on it better. I'm 6-7 and she's 6-1 so we're both hurting for leg room.

You guys know of any kits that will extend the rear top trunk? also I need to drop and stretch forward the passenger boards/pegs. I know there isn't anything that can be done for the driver controls, I've already got some sweet looking Kuryaken pegs there. I've also got a nice highway peg set up that is super necessary for comfort.

We may just leave it the way it is...if I can shoe horn us both on it. Otherwise its going under the knife. I'll post pics as I go.

oh, anyone have a digital copy of the factory shop manual for this bike? 85' aspencade...Thanks ahead of time

cheers

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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:42 am

scottca wrote:You guys know of any kits that will extend the rear top trunk? also I need to drop and stretch forward the passenger boards/pegs. I know there isn't anything that can be done for the driver controls, I've already got some sweet looking Kuryaken pegs there. I've also got a nice highway peg set up that is super necessary for comfort. cheers


What you're looking for is a Trunk Relocation Kit. There are a couple threads here about it:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7726

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9793

It looks like this:


http://www.chromeworld.com/1984-goldwin ... 12-993-190

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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby filupsd » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:54 pm

there are shop manuals on this website under manuals tab. I use the Haynes one all the time.

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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby alanc1100 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:20 am

WingAdmin wrote:The brakes are quite capable for the bike, but upgrading the brake LINES to braided stainless steel will make a huge difference.


Hi WingAdmin,
Where could one find braided SS lines for a GL1200A? Are there "kits" available, or is this a build to measure type thing?
Thanks in advance Wing,

Also, a big thanks to all for sharing Goldwing knowledge! It is invaluable!

Alan

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Re: Some basic questions as I begin a new project.

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:40 am

alanc1100 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:The brakes are quite capable for the bike, but upgrading the brake LINES to braided stainless steel will make a huge difference.


Hi WingAdmin,
Where could one find braided SS lines for a GL1200A? Are there "kits" available, or is this a build to measure type thing?
Thanks in advance Wing,

Also, a big thanks to all for sharing Goldwing knowledge! It is invaluable!

Alan


Right here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11422

I've got those brake lines on my GL1500 as well as on my wife's PC800, and they are great.




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