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gl 11500 dragster

Postby Dave Sandford » Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:36 am



Hi, I participated in a drag meeting recently on my standard gl1500 and got it down to the low 14 seconds. I came away wanting to do more. I believe if I were to remove everything off the bike and add sticky tyre, some straight pipes, clip on bars and a wheelie rail it could shave a few seconds off.
Has anyone out there done these mods ( and more) to a 1500 or 1800?
Im open to any advice.
Dave Sandford - New Zealand



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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:12 pm

The GL1500, and especially the GL1800, have monster amounts of torque. Stripped of weight, both would definitely require a wheelie bar in order to be able to put down all that power without flipping over.

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Re: gl 11500 dragster

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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby trike lady » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:57 pm

If you can get your hands on a Valkyrie 1500 standard model, rejet the carbs with the special kit available and change the exhaust, you'll have a bike that will walk away from anything.
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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:04 am

A friend of mine, years ago , had a Valk Interstate, he redid the exhaust with a 4" truck stack in place of the muffler. He welded in a 3" washer with a 1" hole about 6"-8" in from the collector to give it back pressure, and had it rejetted on a dynometer, that bike was a ROCKET that none of our club could catch !
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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:42 pm

I'm thinking nitrous oxide is probably the quickest method to make your bike run faster. Or... buy a fast motorcycle if you want to drag race LOL...
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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby k1w1t1m » Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:03 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:A friend of mine, years ago , had a Valk Interstate, he redid the exhaust with a 4" truck stack in place of the muffler. He welded in a 3" washer with a 1" hole about 6"-8" in from the collector to give it back pressure, and had it rejetted on a dynometer, that bike was a ROCKET that none of our club could catch !


No doubt everyone passed him while he was at the gas station though. :)

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Re: gl 11500 dragster

Postby Andy Cote » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:43 pm

Use you favorite search engine. You will find Goldwings and Valkyries with Nitrous oxide, turbochargers and superchargers. While we all know how durable the boxer six cylinder is, once you pump some boost on, the weaknesses will start to show up.

You will also find there is not much room in the swing arm. If you want a good tire for the strip, you will need a modification to get more room.


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