Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100


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ctxrider
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Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by ctxrider » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:06 pm



have removed triple tree, upper and lower. want a wide glide look with solid, or alloy front wheel. is there a Honda setup, maybe from a Shadow or VTX, that would fit the 1983 GL 1100. need a big, robust front end for this build. on a tight budget....



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Re: Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by Good Hondog » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:47 am

Hi ctxrider. I'm not sure very many guys on a Goldwing forum know what a Wide Glide front end is. Your description of what you are looking for makes me think of the front forks and headlight assembly from an FLH police bike. I'm thinking you are trying to create a bike that looks like a 1990 or newer Harley Davidson Fat Boy. One issue I can see being a problem is a solid rear wheel to match the front. Finding or making one that will match the front wheel and attach to the Honda rear differential would be a long shot. I have two complete front ends for a 1980 FXWG Wide Glide, but those forks would be too long to work on your project.

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Re: Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by ctxrider » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 am

Hi. Thanx for reply...I am not going to alter the neck....but I want a long , chopper look...no front brake...think HD riders ditch the solid wheel for spokes, one should be available...you are correct, the more wide, the better....I have the old triple tree set, have to meld them...do you have any pix?....PS. do you know of any Honda setups might fill the need...

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Re: Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by Good Hondog » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:53 am

ctxrider wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 am
...PS. do you know of any Honda setups might fill the need...
I'm thinking you have the look of a Honda Fury in mind for your project then. I can't say for sure if that front end would bolt straight on to a Goldwing frame, you'd have to investigate that possibility. If you're not going to rake the Goldwing frame more, be careful not to put too long of forks on the bike. Without enough rake it's easy to end up with a stupid looking bike that's raised way up at an angle at the front creating a stubby looking, out of proportion nightmare that's dangerous to ride.

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Re: Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:12 am

ctxrider wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 am
I want a long , chopper look...no front brake...
uh, you do realize that the front brake gives you a lot more stopping power than the rear wheel does?

I used to have a couple of ST-1100 bikes, and when I would forget to use the handbrake and just the foot brake, I was in a long slide w/o even slowing down.
~John

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Re: Wide Glide front end for 1983 GL1100

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:07 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:12 am
ctxrider wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:59 am
I want a long , chopper look...no front brake...
uh, you do realize that the front brake gives you a lot more stopping power than the rear wheel does?

I used to have a couple of ST-1100 bikes, and when I would forget to use the handbrake and just the foot brake, I was in a long slide w/o even slowing down.
Especially with the weight of the Wing. There is a tremendous weight shift forwards under braking, and the rear brake becomes pretty much an afterthought under hard braking. It is pretty easy to lock up, and you don't get much braking as a result.

Also keep in mind a 1983 GL1100 has a linked braking system, where the rear brake also actuates one of the front brake calipers.



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