Front Forks GL1200 Limited


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LONEWOLFPS
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Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby LONEWOLFPS » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:05 pm



Does anyone know what forks interchange with the Limited? I bought one I am redoing and rode it twice and the front end is wishy washy....seems the Forks need to be redone...wanted to pick up another set to rebuild and put on so I can have an extra set...TIA



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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby deanbw » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:39 pm

any "track valved" 1200 fork will work, I think the air fitting may be different but just use the fittings you have

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby LONEWOLFPS » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:30 pm

Thanks I was thinking that, the ride was way off the charts...nothing near my 1100...had me almost pooping myself...LOL

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby deanbw » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:31 am

yea I know what you mean I did mine while going through my bike, this is the fork post I did, one of many posts in my 7 month project. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=26949&p=153971#p153971

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby thompsoj22 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:49 pm

Just my opinion, but better start getting used to "wishy washy". Im in the process of restoring an 86 1200I and just finished the front forks. All I did was seals and wipers, I am leak free and air tight. I used MB syn trans fluid cause I had a couple cans left over from a trans flush, the forks have much better feel and far less "stiction" but the slight head shake and wobble if you throw it into a sweeper at speed are in my opinion "trade mark" for the fairing, bagged, trunked dinosaur that it is. I love my project but to get it to handle better is an uphill battle. I recommend no air to keep the forks deep in the travel stroke for less shake.

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby LONEWOLFPS » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:21 pm

OH I have not had it up to any real speeds...it felt too bad to even do that...felt like the front end was not even in it...I have an 83 1100i and know what it should feel like...this was borderline dangerous to ride...

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby deanbw » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:54 pm

I put new bushings, piston rings as well as all seals,o-rings, then a stainless fork brace to keep them moving together and playing nice. I have no problem turning at walking speed or leaning it in a corner at any speed I wish. These things are 30 years old, you do a cheap job you get cheap results, sorry but I don't get the complaining about ill handling front ends when the guys complaining are too cheap to do the job right. OK I'm done ranting, sorry again to those who will take this personally.

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Re: Front Forks GL1200 Limited

Postby oldishwinger » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:05 pm

thompsoj22 wrote:Just my opinion, but better start getting used to "wishy washy". Im in the process of restoring an 86 1200I and just finished the front forks. All I did was seals and wipers, I am leak free and air tight. I used MB syn trans fluid cause I had a couple cans left over from a trans flush, the forks have much better feel and far less "stiction" but the slight head shake and wobble if you throw it into a sweeper at speed are in my opinion "trade mark" for the fairing, bagged, trunked dinosaur that it is. I love my project but to get it to handle better is an uphill battle. I recommend no air to keep the forks deep in the travel stroke for less shake.


nope head shake, at any speed, is not 'trade mark' of a fully dressed 1200 my aspy can be ridden at any speed, walking, fast, in between without the slightest indication of head shake. if your bike has it, then something is causing it. mostly its caused by front tire wear.

The standard set up on the front forks for a 1200, I admit does feel a little mushy,because they are set for a soft comfortable ride and yep, they can get a little out of sync sometimes when cornering hard, but hardening the trac system can help with that.

its the old trade off really if you set things soft, you get a couch potato ride, but you loose a very slight amount of handling ability to compensate. if you harden the ride, you get slightly better handling, but a sore butt. lol.

also replacing the OEM fork springs with progressives, will give a more positive ride, increase the fork oil weight, from the recommended ATF, and a fork brace with make them all play nice together.




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