saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I


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saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby jhngardner367 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:01 am



I bought my '84 about 4 yrs ago,as a project. I've replaced many parts,and I'm still working on it.
The PO had a "club name" of" Pig Farmer",and I can see why.
When I Removed the saddlebags,to prepare them for paint,I found bad cracks on the bottoms.

I found some ABS cement,and 1/8" sheets on Amazon.com,and I'm slowly repairing them.
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Re: saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby jhngardner367 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:09 am

I cut some 3/4x12" strips,and started making some brace webbing for the bottom of the bags. I have a slurry of powdered ABS and Oateys Extra Special black ABS cement.
I glue the strips in the shape seen,and the slurry is used to fill in the joints,and bottom edge seams.
It makes a very strong joint.

Each piece is fitted,and glued.
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Give me a Goldwing,...or give me Viagra,cuz either way, I'm gonna ride !

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Re: saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:07 am

Nice work! I read the review of a product (Admin wrote it) that allows repairs to be make "quicker" due to the more rapid curing time of the product.

I recently acquired a GL1100 in need of attention on a couple of the bags, seals mostly, with a small crack or two, so I'll probably be referring back to your work for help with my own.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby jhngardner367 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:37 am

Thank you,HawkeyeGL1200.
I've found that this cement,and the slurry mix actually cures within an hour,or so.Sometimes faster,depending on the temp.
The bond actually holds within a few seconds, but I usually gave it overnight,since I was planning the next shapes,and I had some sanding to do,as well.
One thing I have found,about the slurry is that it can also be used in thin layers as a filler. There were some gouges on the side panels of the bag,caused by something in the truck,and after sanding/prepping them,the slurry was applied in 3 thin layers,and set firm enough for sanding/leveling within 2 minutes !
I'm using the Oatey Extra Special Medium black ABS cement.None of the Suppliers had it in stock,and I ordered a quart size from Amazon.com .
This,along with powdered ABS,makes the slurry,and a touch of Acetone,will thin it,as well as help dissolve the ABS.It must be kept in a GLASS jar,or metal,airtight can.
I'm busier than a one-legged cat,in a sandbox !
I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

Give me a Goldwing,...or give me Viagra,cuz either way, I'm gonna ride !

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Re: saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby PoolDude » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:00 pm

Another thing to keep in mind that ABS as well as PVC softens with heat, the ABS is actually better for bending. A hair drier will get sheet stock soft enough to shape just remember to wear gloves as you will need to heat it to 140-150*. Take your time and enjoy the process. Always work in a well ventilated area as both the solvent glue you are using and heated plastic gives off fumes. I love watching what can be created by someone willing to take the time and effort.

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Re: saddlebag repairs,on'84 GL1200 I

Postby jhngardner367 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:30 pm

Thanks pooldude.
I have a heat gun,that I use for forming,and I made a diffuser tip for it,for large areas. Works pretty well.
My main goal,is to beef up the weak bottoms of the bags, and,so far,it has been tested at 35lbs,with vibration/bouncing,with no problems.
After the bags, I plan on doing the trunk bottom and edges.


I'm busier than a one-legged cat,in a sandbox !
I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

Give me a Goldwing,...or give me Viagra,cuz either way, I'm gonna ride !


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