No more bumper!


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No more bumper!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:08 am



I finally did something this weekend that I've been planning to do for over a year: get rid of the bumper on my GL1500.

When I got my GL1500, it had a chrome wraparound bumper on the rear of the bike:

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This bumper replaced the rear crash guards, and mounted in the lower crash guard mounting point. There is a triangular piece of steel that also uses this mounting point, along with the upper crash guard mounting point, with its third mounting hole used to fasten the trailer hitch to the frame. The bumper also uses the rearmost lower saddlebag mounting point as an extra mounting point.

Incidentally, when I got the bike, the previous owner wasn't able to get the bumper to line up with that triangular piece of steel, so instead of putting a bolt through there into the frame like it was intended, he put a nylon wire tie through to try to hold it all together!! This did not work, as the wire tie had broken. Glad the bike didn't fall over!

The problem is, anytime I wanted to do any work on the rear end of the bike, it was a tremendous amount of effort to GET to the rear end. To access the rear wheel, you need to remove a saddlebag. In order to do this, I had to first remove the bumper. To remove the bumper, I had to first remove both passenger footpeg assemblies. To remove those, I had to first remove both lower heat shields. The whole process took almost 45 minutes.

I had finally had enough, and sourced some replacement rear crash bars. This weekend I had to pull the saddlebags for a five minute fix on my Progressive 416 shocks. This five minute fix would take an hour and a half because of that bumper. So while I had it off, I instead put the crash bars back on.

And you know what? I actually like the look a bit better. It's cleaner. I do know that the bumper has saved me a couple times when I accidentally bumped into the side of my garage door opening when inching out backwards, so I'll just have to keep that in mind and be a bit more careful in future when backing up.



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Re: No more bumper!

Postby punch7 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:34 am

And....no more polishing a chrome geegaw! :D

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Re: No more bumper!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:22 pm

punch7 wrote:And....no more polishing a chrome geegaw! :D


Oh, are you supposed to do that? I'm usually too busy riding. :)

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Re: No more bumper!

Postby 702scottc » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:14 pm

Too bad it's such a hassle to remove, I actually like the look of it. Mine has a wannabe bumper that serves no purpose, attaches to the rear panels and under the saddle bags. Has to come off to get the filler panel out to remove the saddle bag. Just finished putting it all back on after replacing the tire. Thought about leaving it off but PO didn't leave the screw covers with it, ordered some tonite. Sweet looking bike..

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Re: No more bumper!

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:33 am

So this replaced the crash/tip over bars under the FORWARD section of the saddle bags ? Wow! Great bit of protection, but too high a cost in labor come work time !
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Re: No more bumper!

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:57 am

Uncle Fester wrote:So this replaced the crash/tip over bars under the FORWARD section of the saddle bags ? Wow! Great bit of protection, but too high a cost in labor come work time !


Yes, that's correct. So I replaced the crash bars that go under the front of the saddlebags after I took the bumper off.

I have to say, when I was backing out of the garage today on my way to work, I was more than a little cautious about bumping something...

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Re: No more bumper!

Postby spiralout » Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:14 pm

702scottc wrote: Mine has a wannabe bumper that serves no purpose, attaches to the rear panels and under the saddle bags. Has to come off to get the filler panel out to remove the saddle bag.

Like this skirt/spoiler or an actual bumper? Mine's got a light bar back there that I think looks ok but has to come off to get the bags off and it's a sob to get the screws for it lined back up




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