How to lower an 84 GL1200I


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vtflatlander1
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How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby vtflatlander1 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:06 pm



Is there any way to lower a 1984 GL1200 I. I was just given this bike. It needs some work, Stator or conversion, clutch bleed etc. I woould like to be able to ride it once I can get it repaired but I have short legs and my toes are not that strong. Lots of know how on this site hope someone has some ideas for me Thanks



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ekvh
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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby ekvh » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:20 pm

Purchase 1" shorter shocks, lower the forks in the triple trees 1" but be aware foot pegs may hit easier in twisties.

If that isn't enough, the seat cover can be removed and another inch taken out of the foam, especially the sides of the seat where you drop your thighs down at a stop. That made a big difference to mine.

vtflatlander1
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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby vtflatlander1 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:59 pm

Thanks for the information. Do you have part numbers for the shorter shocks or where to find them

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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby ekvh » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:13 pm

Nope, sorry, but if you called Progressive, they could tell you. I am thinking I read somewhere that 1100 shocks are about an inch shorter than 1200's.

Be patient someone who's done it will be along.

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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby landisr » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:00 am

Wear boots with thicker or double soles.

Keep in mind that if you do manage to lower the bike, it will have more of a tendency to tip over to the right side when parked because the kick stand (if not modified) will be too long. Plus, it will be more difficult to put the bike up on the center stand.

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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:46 am

Old look into modifying the sat to accommodate your stature. There is a lot of foam that can be removed from the seat to accommodate this issue. Take about two inches of foam out of the seat, install a 1/2" gel pad and recover - you can also take the seat down to almost no foam, install a gel pad and ride in comfort. You'll notice a considerable difference without changing anything else. A lot can be done before tackling the bike geometry.

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vtflatlander1
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Re: How to lower an 84 GL1200I

Postby vtflatlander1 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:00 pm

Thanks for the help All. I think I will start with the seat first. Bike is still in South Carolina won't have it here until this winter.




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